The Long Pose Drawing Studio

Hello everyone,

There’s a thought to start a Long Pose drawing studio where those serious about drawing could come along and study a model for 4 hrs a day, 5 days a week, for 2 – 4 weeks. There would be no tuition, so the costs would be fairly low. This would be for those who just want to have access to a model in the same pose for a long time to allow thorough study. At present the location would be in Bratislava, Central Europe, however, it would be great to hear all your thoughts on such an opportunity. Here is the address for the facebook page with more info:

https://www.facebook.com/Long-Pose-320973228326681/

Artwork For Sale at Lower Prices

If you are looking at buying realistic figurative drawings, you can at lower prices now. Visit the gallery. All artwork has free shipping.
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Feeling good, 2015, black chalk on Fabriano Accademia paper, 76 x 50cm (29.92 x 19.68in)
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Pleasure, 2015, black chalk on Fabriano Accademia paper, 76 x 50cm (29.92 x 19.68in)

Hands

A person following the “A Drawing A Day” on Instagram asked me to post a few drawings of hands. Below are some of the older studies I posted there.
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A Drawing A Day

Hello everyone,

Ever since I started working on the free “Introduction To Drawing” content, I’ve been thinking about the best way to communicate the concepts of drawing. How to hand it over.
So, there are the articles that verbally explain what you need to be thinking about when drawing and why. Then there are the videos with demonstration of the content of the articles. There’s quite a bit of free videos on the site as well, the “Common Mistakes” edition, the “Work In Progress” episodes, the cut down versions of all the 13 Lectures, but it still felt to me a bit disconnected.

Another thing I really wanted to be understood is, that most of the drawings by far anyone does, are studies. As the name implies, these are opportunities where the artist undertakes his study of the human form. By default this means a stack of messy drawings geared towards discovering the next gem we are ready to see. Perhaps a line sitting exactly where needs to be. An example of nice massing. An expression of body language that leaves no doubt about an internal life of the figure. These discoveries are the building blocks of the visual language we are learning. You absorb these visual expressions and when you own them, you use them to create your “clean” artwork that will be exhibited. Naturally from time to time there will be a study that can be accepted as finished artwork. That would contain so much aliveness that the messiness will not matter. But that is up to each of you to decide what is an accomplished drawing and what is a quiet discovery.

So thinking about the disconnection – the not “enoughness” of the examples demonstrating Figure Drawing as I intended – as a peek over the shoulder, plus wanting you to look for the gems in your studies, I have decided to post a drawing a day. Perhaps I should say “A Study A Day” as most of them will be studies. These will be random drawings I did the same day or just a few days ago. They will be showing what I am preoccupied with. They may be just posts by themselves (especially if the time is short) or they may have a bit of a commentary (my preferred option) particularly linking by example into the “Introduction To Drawing” or even into the Figure Drawing Course lectures. Occasionaly they might be show in a form of a video where I can also draw to clarify the points. I have created a new Category called “A Drawing A Day” and each post will be numbered so they are easy to find if you want to refer back to a particular drawing. I will attemp to post the drawings at around the same time of the day so the publishing can become a daily cycle.

So there it is. Now, I am also hoping that this will encourage you to post your drawings and get from your fellow subscribers a feedback that will benefit everyone reading the posts. And remember: There is no such thing as a bad drawing.

Tomorrow.

Free Online Drawing Lessons

Hello everyone. Great news!

The first part of the new Free Online Drawing Resource is now ready. Introducing extra material has changed the website design and layout a bit, which means things have slightly moved around. I believe, the new navigation will be easy to use. I have placed the warning of nude content on the first page that loads (animated intro), and viewing of the Disclaimer is now optional as a pop up window. Clicking on “Learn To Draw With” and/or “The Ultimate Figure Drawing Course” are links to enter the site. All the pages now have a navigation bar at the top for quick access to everything.
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The “Home” page starts the free education section of the site. In the column on the left, below your testimonials are also the links to all the articles and video tutorials of the free “Introduction To Drawing”. This also gives a visual sense of the structure of these tutorials. The links in orange are live and have content.
Screen-Shot-2014-10-06-at-16.35_woptIn the last article (“Drawing Step By Step”) I have published the list of the planed free online drawing lessons. As you will see on the site, the list of these articles and video tutorials has slightly changed. The change, however, is not in content. Only in form. If I felt some of the topics were related or even dependent on each other in terms of learning to draw, I grouped them under a single topic. So everything you asked for is still there, or coming soon, as it has been announced.

In the same article I also said it will take some time to compile all the lessons, articles and videos. However, the first of the 5 groups of tutorials is ready and so I chose to release these, so those who want to, can start. The rest of the 5 groups will follow progressively.

In the menu bar, the “Learning” tab is for the free “Introduction To Drawing”, and the “Courses” tab is for the paid Figure Drawing Online Course. The “Free Stuff” tab has the free stuff not belonging to the “Introduction To Drawing”. Among these are the “Common Mistake” videos, the cut down versions of the 13 lectures and “Work In Progress”.

I have also decided to stop selling the “Lecture 0 – Where To Start” as many of the concepts it contains are now explained (or will be soon) in the free “Introduction To Drawing”.

The website is up and running and I am still testing all the links, so please, if you find something not working, let me know. Enjoy!

Ohhh, yes…and there’s another bit of good news coming in a couple of days. ;–))

Drawing Step By Step

Hello everyone,

I have a few announcements to make. First of all, I have received a huge number of requests to present some learning material on the very basics of figure drawing and drawing in general. I have given it some thought and decided that adding a lesson here and there isn’t exactly what you have in mind or what will help either. So I am in the process of changing the design and structure of figuredrawingonline.com

Apart from the Figure Drawing Course and the free videos that are already there, the website will also have a fairly comprehensive free introduction to drawing called “Drawing Step By Step”. This will be in a form of both, articles and videos. This introduction is designed to take anyone wanting to learn to draw through pretty much everything there is to know about drawing. On the way it also clears up a few misguided popular beliefs and myths.

I have divided the free information in the following 5 categories. For those who are just starting or know little about drawing, it is probably a good idea to read / view the info in order as it is presented. If you are after bits and pieces here and there, the navigation should help to get you there fast. Ok, here are the categories and content:

1/ “Approach To Drawing” gives you an insight into the concepts of drawing.
This includes:
1.1 – There is no such thing as multitasking
1.2 – Drawing is Communication
1.3 – Copying versus Creating
1.4 – Grasping the Complex
1.5 – It’s all in The Realtionships

2/ “Basic Set–Up” gives you a run down on materials, equipment and the space you choose for drawing.
This includes:
2.1 – Materials – paper, drawing tools…
2.2 – Environment – where you do your drawing

3/ “Drawing Basics” is where drawing starts with recommended ways to draw.
This includes:
3.1 – Why Standing?
3.2 – How to hold A Pencil
3.3 – Throw that Eraser

4/ “Drawing Practices” will give you practical tools and “How To”s on anything that came up so far in all the lessons above.
This includes:
4.1/ Is That a Circle?
4.2/ The Straight Line
4.3/ A Cube, not a Square
4.4/ A Ball, not a circle
4.5/ A Cylinder, not a rectangle
4.6/ Basic Perspective
4.7/ How to Steady the Hand
4.8/ Imagine it and See it Everywhere

5/ “Drawing – The Magic” delves into creative devices you can employ to achieve results. These will be demostrated mostly through figure drawing although there will be examples of landscape, urban drawing and still life as well.
This includes:
5.1 – The building Elements – line, plane, mass and countour lines
5.2 – Flick that Light Switch
5.3 – The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation

You can see I tried to think of all the basics. Even things that seem as simple as “How to hold a pencil” can cause you work much harder than necessary to achieve results.

So, still a fair bit to go, it is a lot of material to write and a lot of videos to shoot, edit, encode, upload, link…. you get the picture. I will probably release the new site when I am halfway through preparing the new lessons and tutorials so that you don’t have to wait too long and finish the rest while the first already available half keeps you busy.
I am still keeping the intro page of he website with the rotating images – I think it is good to see what is within the reach, but the next page to progress to is the Home page. Here is a screen grab of part of the home page:

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Images from the Exhibition and After

Most of the exhibited drawings are listed on the Sculpture And Stone website. The images below are about the general space and feel of the exhibition.
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Doing a stone carving demonstration the following day after the exhibition opened using Carrara marble and Sydney sandstone.

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