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I'm really struggling with life drawings, as I find that they are rigid and lifeless. Do you have any tips? As your drawings are wonderful!



Thank you :) I’d recommend having a look at George Bridgman’s instructional work, he had a lot of advice on capturing the gesture and movement of the human form.

A lot of life drawing classes get stuck on doing long poses but if you’re struggling to bring life to your drawings you should be doing shorter poses that focus on the movement of the model, not the details. You can do this by drawing people anywhere, not just in life drawing sessions. Try to get the basics of the person down in a few seconds, even if it looks pretty rubbish at first.

I always begin a life drawing by drawing one or two lines that show the model’s gesture and weight so I don’t get caught up in small details later on that take away from the overall form. If you haven’t already, try using something like a charcoal pencil, I find allows you to draw more loosely and it’s more forgiving than pencil or painting, so you’re less afraid of making mistakes.

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