Figuary Day 8: Tricky Poses

Day 8 Croquis Cafe practice session:

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Hi life drawing friends!

For Day 8 of Figuary, I realised that last week’s series of video focused on the Story of the Pose especially in standing, fairly dynamic poses where you can see a lot of the torso. But a lot of poses aren’t like that – you can’t see the torso, or the person is lying down or the torso is heavily foreshortened.

So here we explain how we like to tackle those tricky poses. We discuss ways of seeing things differently – simple and effective methods. Tomorrow, we will start on seeing simplifying the light and dark.

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In case you haven’t heard about Figuary:
We are posting daily life drawing guidance videos – one useful tip about drawing figures each day, all structured to build on each other across the 28 days. Croquis Cafe will be posting daily practice sessions – life models posing for you to draw.

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The idea is that you draw, even if only a little bit, each day for 28 days – the perfect amount of time to build a good drawing habit. Along the way, we will also start looking at powerful techniques to help take your drawings to the next level.

This first week was all about seeing the most important angles and curves in the pose. The second week is about the light and dark in the pose. The third week will be about making confident and expressive marks on the paper. The fourth week will be about gesture and other additional tips.

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