The importance of life drawing

Before persuading an art style, I think artists should really practice drawing from life first. I’ve been going at it for a few years, on and off, and I still feel I haven’t quite got it down. But then, art is a process and you’ll never stop learning. Best have fun while we’re at it!

Life drawing in charcoal and pastel
Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1.5 hours.
life drawing in charcoal and pastel
Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1 hour.
life drawing in black ink
Life drawing in black ink – 40 mins.

iPad life drawing – Boobies edition!

life drawing on ipad
Life drawing (from picture reference) done on the iPad using SketchBook Pro

Not much time for drawing today after a long and exhausting schedule of seeing friends, house hunting and exploration! Of Meanwood Park to be precise, which is actually more like a wild forest without real paths. What? No paths?

Like a proper damsel in distress my other half even had to rescue me as I had frozen up in fear on a stepping stone in the middle of a stream. Wobbly, wobbly… You see, I don’t do nature that often. He took off his shoes and went in the water to offer me his hand and help me across. BEST DAY EVER!

So here’s a quick iPad sketch of a naked lady.

From the iPad

There’s a lot of new technology coming out these days that we feel pressured to buy, but really don’t need. Will our lives improve by a voice controlled television set? Do we really need a robot vacuum cleaner? The neighbors have one, so I need to get one too…

If you’re looking to splash out on something “new”, you should get an iPad. Go on, you artist, treat yourself to this great tool! They’re not even that expensive anymore. I think it’s a great way to sketch. Get yourself a stylus (Wacom) and just doodle away. Unlike an old fashioned sketchpad and pen, you’ve got an undo option so mistakes are easily corrected. And it’s just great fun! Downside? No pressure sensitivity. Just give these Apple peeps a year or so and I’m sure it’s gonna get sorted. Technology moves fast.

Life drawing on the Ipad
iPad life drawing sketch made with SketchBook Pro in about 30 minutes.