Beauty

Female Figure Drawing Model Poses

Again the author gives his own interpretations this time of ideal types preferred by artists of different periods. The first is an Egyptian head of about 1350 B.C. Here is a dangerous and controversial subject, especially Jeminine Beauty. Nevertheless, it should be considered. It is not enough to go on drawing the model blindly and aimlessly, though it is true that the constant practice of figure drawing is necessary to an artist. The mere copying of a model is, however, not the end of your...

Francis Marshall

Liife drawing is the acid test of draughtsmanship. The nude figure is one of the most difficult of all subjects to draw and therefore offers the greatest challenge to an artist's skill. Because of this it is used as the basis of teaching at most of the world's principal art schools. Few artists of today have shown themselves more skilled in the representation of elegant womanhood than Francis Marshall, whose drawings of the human figure have established fame in the world of fashion. In this...

Foreshortening and Perspective

Women Anatomy Perspective

THE drawing opposite by Jean-Baptiste Greuze is a good example of fore-shortening and on page 43 I have posed a model somewhat similarly, but in about as difficult a pose as you could imagine. Almost every part of her is foreshortened or distorted in some way. This is done to show you one of those occasions when your brain and your eye have a head-on clash. Your mind, with its knowledge of what happens when the model stands up and the foreshortening disappears, confuses your eye, which is only...

Technique

Edgar Degas Figure Drawings

THIS is not a problem you should worry about too much, the most difficult problem is how to draw not what to draw with. Here to help you, however, should you be in doubt, are some of the methods you can use. I do stress that you should not worry too much, especially in the beginning, about your technique. Choose something simple and stick to it. If you are having trouble, it is probably because it's very difficult to draw the figure anyway and not the fault of your instruments if things go...

History

Sketches Female Ballet Figure

SINCE the beginning of time men have been interested in drawing but the ability to make drawings of the human figure came long after bison, mammoths, antelopes, etc. I don't know why this was so, but if you look at early prehistoric cave paintings the humans are usually just little matchstick-like objects over which the wild horses and bison tower like skyscrapers. Not until long after primitive draughtsmen mastered the drawing of animals did their studies of humans begin. Early Egyptian...

Life Drawing

Beautiful Figure Female Models

WHY life drawing Why, long after artists have left the Art Schools and become successful, do they still attend classes and draw from life Why is it that life drawing is the basis of teaching at most of the principal Art Schools all over the world Drawing from life is the acid test of draughtsmanship. It is to drawing what the great classical ballets are to ballet dancing. By it you compare the abilities of one artist with another and even one generation with another, because life drawing...