[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

For the last few months I have been obsessed with figure drawing and shading. I've been doing a lot of short, 20-30 figure studies and mainly experimenting with shading techniques using graphite or colored pencil. What I'm really searching for are ways to go beyond technique, and add story, emotion and meaning to my drawings. We'll talk more about that in future videos and lessons. In the meantime, check the demo video above to see a recording of one of my morning exercises.

This is a two part series. Part 1 shows the drawing process, also known as the lay-in. Part 2 shows the shading and rendering process. I've also written a detailed text version with two high-res handouts in this month's Newsletter.

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Figure Drawing Process Video

Figure Drawing Process Video

This video shows a brief look at my thought process as a I draw a short, 30 minute figure study. The reference is from a New Masters Academy timed figure drawing session.

If you want to read a more in-depth text version, I wrote a full breakdown for this drawing and a head drawing as well in this month's Private School Newsletter. Subscribers also got access to a high res handouts to download and study.

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