10 Shapes to Unlock All of Figure Drawing

To join the Fresh Eyes challenge, go to: https://www.lovelifedrawing.com/fresheyes/
The free account you make will also give you access to our new reference library for your general figure drawing practice. The lighting is designed to create clear and interesting shadow shapes and the poses are fun and dynamic!

Watch Part 2 here: https://youtu.be/P0VEm9Vv-c4

We are removing an entire dimension to start this 10 day challenge. By thinking 2D, we can more easily get to the heart of some of the biggest ideas the human figure presents us. If we can learn to see each of these poses in terms of the very simple 2D model we created, we can see some of the most important things we need to see for life drawing, including both gesture and structural drawing.

These ideas about the torso, shoulders, attachment of the legs, head and neck are fundamental to figure drawing, whether you are interested in gesture, anatomy or using simple 3D forms.

If you are unsure about how to see these simple shapes in these poses, there is extra guidance when you sign up to the challenge with the link above.

0:00 Intro
0:21 Torso
3:44 About the Fresh Eyes challenge
4:44 Shoulders
7:18 Attaching legs
8:55 Neck and head
11.07 The model as a whole
12:59 The limitation of this model
13:24 The side view, going 3D and more

How the Fresh Eyes challenge works:
There will be two tutorials here on YouTube – this one and another on day 6 (Sunday 20th Feb).
When you make an account with the link above, you can access the 2D model and play around with it, trying to match the poses. Each day, you’ll get a new exercise plus 5 specially designed reference photos each day to practise with and drawing. There will be additional mini-tutorials in there to explain how to see the forms in the figure, as well as the side view of the figure, plus optional live sessions for further clarification.

Then on day 6 we will switch to thinking in 3D. We will build on the ideas already developed but using simple 3D forms. On day 6, a tutorial will be posted here on YouTube about drawing these ideas in 3D. Again on our website, there will be exercises each day on days 6-10, plus live sessions and extra explanations.

Sign up with the link above and learn to see the figure with Fresh Eyes!


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