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Note: The links in orange are live and have content. The rest is coming soon.

1/ Approach To Drawing – a bit of theory that goes a long way

1.1/ There is no such thing as Multitasking

1.2/ Copying versus Creating

1.3/ The Only 3 Rules

1.4/ Grasping the Complex

2/ The Basic Set–Up

2.1/ Materials – paper, drawing tools...

2.2/ Environment

3/ Drawing Basics

3.1/ Why Standing?

3.2/ How to hold A Pencil

4/ Drawing Practices

4.1/ The Shapes

4.2/ How to Steady the Hand

4.3/ Basic Perspective

4.4/ Foreshortening

4.5/ Imagine It and Draw It

5/ The Drawing magic

5.1/ The building Elements – line, plane, mass and contour lines

5.2 Flick that Light Switch

5.3/ The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation
 

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I also teach in person – figure drawing, figurative sculpture in clay and figurative sculpture in stone. Attending a class in person has it's advantages. If you wish to do so, find out where and when is the next class held.

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Imagine It and Draw It

If I'm not wrong, I believe Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to speak about visualization in his famous notebooks as a powerful tool to achieve results. The first to speak of it as a method of enhancing your drawing skills. He suggested for the artists to spend some time alone. To contemplate what they are doing.

If you have done a bit of drawing, by now you know, there is an immense need to be present when drawing. What often happens is we fall into a meditative state while drawing and the mind wonders. While it is of the greatest benefit to let the inspiration in, it is of not much use if the mind is not present to convert it to visible imagery. So, it seems drawing is a kind of a tightrope exercise. A strive for balance where feeling is just as important as presence of the mind. Neither can rule nor be subdued. In the beginning there's way too much "mind type" of information as you can tell from all the articles (and these are just an introduction to figure drawing). And it is necessary. An artist making a figure drawing is a magician creating an illusion of a three dimensional object on a flat surface. Like alchemy, magic is very procedural. There is a procedure – a series of steps to follow and the result materializes out of thin air. Pure magic.

Clearly, any creative person feels constricted by rules and procedures. And so the tightrope walk begins. Give in, but not too much or fall ensues resulting in a ruined drawing. Luckily, there are exercises that support the memorising and practice of the boring, but necessary rules while deeply seated in the feeling domaine. These support and nurture the ultimate goal of figure drawing – to create. To allow the inspiration and then shape it into figures on paper. Sometimes such inspiration comes from a pose of a model during life drawing but for an artist in the line of the old masters the model is used mainly to clarify anatomy of a specific, already existing pose. And that brings us back to Leonardo. He insisted an artist when going to bed at night, should spend time just before falling asleep to go in his mind over everything he learnt that day. All the details of anatomy, composition, light and such. In other words, to visualise the newly learnt material and as we know these days, such process helps for the knowledge to be passed onto the subconscious mind, thus making room for more and automating the learnt material.

In the video below I will be showing some other ways how to visualise and practice the learnt knowledge in an enjoyable way.

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