started to work through the Drawing Tutorials Online figure drawing
from memory instruction series. You can get it by signing up for his
I took figure drawing in college and then took a continuing education credit at the School of the Museum years later. I haven't done figure drawing in years. I’m trying to work with some friends to get another friend to pose for us. Since I don’t want to be too rusty when I go into the session I decided I’d brush up on my skills with the DTO lessons.
As with my college classes the first DTO lesson is about gesture drawings and working with a simple skeletal figure. I’m very familiar with this lesson. It was what we spent the first week of our figure drawing classes doing. Short 30 second poses. It is a great way to warm up.
I decided to work with my yellow brush pen and a blue brush pen. In college I used to do my figure drawing with yellow, orange, red, and dark blue colored pencils working in layers. This method works well for me. When I took the class after college the professor complained that I chose difficult materials since I brought watercolors and a long liner brush. :)
Anyway, since I don’t have anyone to pose for me I went online and found a few websites with free images to draw from. The best was this one. Caution it is NSFW EVER. I mean never ever. Lots and lots of n@ked people. I did 20 quick gesture skeleton drawings. And by quick I mean quick, spending no more than a minute or 2 each. I also worked in a dirt cheap sketchbook.
It was a good challenge and by the end of the 30 minutes I spent sketching I really wanted to flesh out the images and create a finished drawing. Alas that was not the goal for tonight, tonight was about looking and recording quickly and with simple methods. It was about getting the eye’s and hands attuned to the figure. It was learning to see.