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A Drawing A Day is an extra resource for those who did or are doing the paid Figure Drawing Course and / or the free Introduction To DrawingThis is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a black chalk drawing on Fabriano Accademia 200gsm paper 30cm x 38cm (11.81in x 14.96in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a black chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in)

More legs. No kidding. On purpose. After the initial few posts I thought it might be better to give it all a bit of a structure. So once there were a few leg studies I decided to stay with the leg an once we had enough angles, views and positions, I’d move up the body. So after the upper leg, knee, lower leg and the foot we will have some pelvis, then rib cage and so on and so on. So do not despair, it’s not legs all the way. ;–))

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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a black chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a black chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a red chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 32cm x 48cm (12.5in x 18.9in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a red chalk drawing on Fabriano Accademia 200gsm paper 38cm x 30cm (14.96in x 11.81in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite and black chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in)

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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a red chalk drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in)

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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on Fabriano Accademia 200gsm paper 38cm x 30cm (14.96in x 11.81in)
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on Fabriano Accademia 200gsm paper 38cm x 30cm (14.96in x 11.81in)

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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 32cm x 48cm (12.5in x 18.9in), drawing time 30 minutes

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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in), drawing time 25 minutes

It will help at the beginning, or even later when your intent is to study the nude to make the drawing of the human form transparent. A kind of see through. On the drawing below I started with positioning the head quite a bit higher. You can see by the extra lines on the top and back of the skull where the original position was. But it did not feel right. The fastest and easiest way (no point making this harder than it absolutely has to be) of finding a better feeling place for the head was to draw it disregarding the shoulder and the upper arm. This helped to judge how far would the shoulders rise above the rib cage in this pose. The neck is kind of wedged between the raised shoulders. X-ray vision is a good thing.

I did the same thing with finding the, pubis of the pelvis as this, in turn, would help to position the model’s left leg.
So I found the origin of the left leg and in the vein of what I talk about in the video on the Three Basic Rules, (yet again to make this experience as painless as possible) the first shape you put down on the paper will determine the position, size, rotation….of the next shape through their relationship (Rule Nr 3). So, if you draw the rib cage first, then the pelvis, then the head, you don’t want to stop and find, that while the head and pelvis work well together (belong to the same body in the same space) the rib cage is too small (or too large). Because then you have to go back and change the it. And if you don’t get it right, but you like it, then you need to change the other two to make it fit….. can you see the potential for a disaster?
When drawing the next geometric shape you have to be keenly aware of the size, shape and position in space of the shape before it. Have to constantly compare (relationships!) and, of course, the more shapes you have on the paper, the more information you have to keep in view not to go astray. Then you end up with a nice construction. Focusing on any detail before you have a body belonging to the space it is drawn in, having appropriate weight and attitude, will kill the process. You might end up with a nice detail, just not the body it should belong to. Okay, you get he picture.
So, I found the origin of the left leg easily because of the pubic bone of the pelvis (not drawn, only indicated) and now in order to make it work, I am watching all the attributes of the existing shapes and judging the perspective of the floor while recalling what the bones and muscles of the leg look like in this position, under this physical exercise.

All this sounds hard and complicated, but I do all this subconsciously, because I have been doing all of this for a little while. And so will you. In a little while. Just have to stick to the simple stuff you are able to hold in your attention for a bit. Like geometric shapes. ;–))

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And a bit more shading.
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 32cm x 48cm (12.5″ x 18.9″)
Again, more examples of simplifying complex form into simple geometric shapes. The very basis of Figure Drawing. It allows the grasp of the form. Otherwise it is way too complex to be thought of, let alone drawn. These are all short drawings, 15 – 20 minutes at most to reach the last version in the line of images. Their purpose is to develop a subconscious, instinctive ability to identify the best shape to represent a part of the body. To get there one has to draw a lot of these while thinking about the process. Since the thinking is taken up by it, there isn’t much space left for anything else to be considered.
Drawing in my class starts with short poses. 10 x 1 minute pose, 5 x 2 minutes, 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 10 minutes and I really don’t want to go past 20 minutes length for the long poses. The short poses are there to warm up the students. But they also have a function of forcing the students to look for the large shapes of the body. There is no time to do anything else in 60 seconds. If you think about the details you run out of time before you could draw anything meaningful.
In every single class one or more students get “sucked in” by the detail in the longer poses. And I always remind them to treat the long poses as a 1 minute one to begin with. Get the large shapes on the paper, establish the large forms, their position in space and relationship to each other – The Three basic Rules – and they always manage to snap out of the spell. Then, when the drawing is already convincing, only then spend the time on the fanciful detail.
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Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!

The following is a graphite drawing on paper 32cm x 48cm (12.59″ x 18.89″)
I took a progress shot first, as this described best the use of simple geometric shapes and then I took the study a bit further showing again the importance of training the lightness of your hand. If you do, there’s quite a bit you can change in a drawing even if you choose to use the supporting lines of the geometric shapes to guide you. Apart from these I also used the shape of the rib cage and the shape of the ball representing the pelvis is slightly shaped in the form of the underlying pelvis. In figure drawing your geometric forms will progressively blend into the skeletal structures and you will be able to choose on the fly the shape that does the best job in representing what you want to show to the viewer.
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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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