Drawing the human figure, fast

Andrew – 3

The Beauty of  drawing fast

If you are one of those people who can’t spend too much time doing the same thing – you will totally relate with this story. This attitude follows me in my art; I admit that being static for too long and working on the same subject for ages is not my cup of tea. Something that became apparent in this recent life drawing session.  Same model and same pose for the 3rd week in a row. I really had to do something to entertain my self. Something that actually revealed a new attitude towards my drawing that I am going to follow from now on.

Do you love Life Drawing? There is a whole collection here!
You can also download free Human Anatomy Sketching Tutorials here.


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How to use the Core Shadow

Andrew – 2

Despite not being able to focus 100% during this session, I got something very important out of it. I heard about the core shadow and got a small taste of how to use it. Starting the life drawing session feeling pressure and stress didn’t massively help, however I feel happy I managed to learn something new.

Do you love Life Drawing? There is a whole collection here!
You can also download free Human Anatomy Sketching Tutorials here.

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Practice makes best

Andrew – 1

Practice actually helped

They say “practice makes best”, and today was proved this is absolutely right. After 2.5 months summer break, and a considerable amount of “homework”, I went back to the life drawing classes. With a new model and new poses, I had the chance to put in practice what I learned during our break. I was very pleased and I finished the class satisfied with my performance. Here is how these Tutorials helped me.

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This is not an easy question to answer. Eggs can make a big difference when you make an omellete or when you bake a cake. But art; how is it even possible a tub of eggs to make a difference to your art? Well, it does play an important role – a tab of 15 eggs can actually make you create one of the most sophisticated and beautiful artworks you have ever made. The recipe is very simple.


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How to make time for art, daily

5 Steps bringing you closer to art

If you are not a professional full time artist, you have most probably struggled at some stage to make time for art. Our daily routine can sometimes be tough and leave no space for anything else than work, family or other obligations. On the other hand, if you are reading this, it means that art provides you with a good shelter of relaxation and expression; and thus it is an important part of your life. How can we find the right balance though and incorporate art in our life daily? Well, it is not too complicated!

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Exploring the muscles of the head

Reading this article is possible because someone is working hard for you at the moment, without you even noticing. Your head muscles not only support your head but also allow you to turn around or even eat your delicious sandwich. It comes as no surprise we have numerous facial muscles to help us with all these facial expressions, however the head muscles are equally important for anatomic reasons as well from an artistic perspective. Today we will have a quick look at these hard working parts of our body and see how they affect our portraits and figures.


5 things beginner artists need

Start is tough; unless you know how to deal with it

Starting painting is tempting, however it is not very easy to keep yourself motivated after a few unsuccessful sessions. There are a few reasons why people give up, and there are a few ways to help you move forward. Being a beginner artist myself I understand that although improving the painting technique is a never-ending process, keeping yourself motivated is a matter of a few simple steps.

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Let your passion lead the way

If you are an artist and you have started or thought of starting a blog soon; chances are you will understand straightaway how I am feeling. I got the idea of starting an art blog a few months ago; it feels we have gone a long way since then. The initial intention was to just create a sort of online gallery where my latest paintings could be shown. However, as the months passed, the blog evolved into a process of digesting art and knowledge rather than just showing my work.


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How to draw a Skull in 3D

This article brings together knowledge from the last 2 tutorials dealing with the skull. However, we focus on the volume and perspective rather than details of sketching the face or the side of the skull (we dealt with those in detail here: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD and THE BRIGHT SIDE). This is the last one of the “Skull” series and attempts to create a very simple and quick method of sketching the skull in 3 dimensions. While the previous articles helped you memorise the proportions of the skull and its various components, here we will see how all these things connect to each other and work together to form the skull.

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Ancient Greeks – Portraits

Continuing the line of Classical Greek philosophers, this is the bust of Socrates. Socrates is one of the founders of western philosophy and despite not having any surviving writings of his, references by others inform us about his valuable work and thoughts. Socrates was teacher of Plato who in turn was teacher of Aristotle (see BUST – 3); all of them very important philosophers of Ancient Greece.

This bust; as previously; is drawn using charcoal and a kneadable eraser. After tone was applied I just used my finger tips to blend where required. Similar technique and steps were followed as previous pieces of this collection (see BUSTS).


A very rough grid was drawn firstly. To do this I just compared the total length of the bust to its total width (not including the plinth). Doing this helped me define the correct proportions of the main shape of the head. In this case, as the bust is slightly tilted to the left, defining the middle point of the face was not particularly helpful. I trusted my instinct and after measuring the proportion of the forehead compared to the total length of the head I made the first charcoal marks showing Socrates’ eyes and eyebrows. To be as accurate as possible and to take into account the perspective of the “mask” I used a slender needle and plotted on my paper the lines connecting the ends of the two eye brows. In the same step I quickly sketched the outline of the nose too.

Using the same technique (needle to measure proportions of lines and angles caused by perspective) I formed the outline of the head and roughly sketched the hairline. After the basic shape of the philosopher’s face was on my sketch pad, I erased back to the point I was just able to see my previous lines. I then started to define better all lines and make more confident charcoal marks.

…I erased back to the point I was just able to see my previous lines…

When I felt comfortable with the shapes and outlines I had, I moved on to my favourite part…adding tone! First, I added smaller amounts of tone just to define different planes on the man’s face. Forehead, cheeks and chin are probably the ones that will make your drawing stand out immediately. From then on it is a matter of adding detail and showing the shadows and light on the face more accurately.


Final step after I am happy that the amount of detail I wanted to show is there…is to go back and strengthen the tone and highlights where necessary. I quite enjoy this final process as I believe it makes my drawing more vivid and the additional contrasts capture the eye and attention.


Drawing Socrates was very enjoyable and helped me understand better how face lines work in perspective when the head is slightly turned to the one side!

I hope you enjoyed reading this! You can see my previous bust drawings here:

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“Busts is a collection of charcoal drawings which represents my first steps in the world of life drawing and drawing of human figures and faces in general. In these first drawings I am just trying to put in practice the theory that I read in sketching books or the instructions that our tutor gives during our life drawing classes. Hopefully, as I progress and practice more, the quality of my drawings will improve and more confident lines and powerful tone contrasts will appear.”

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