The Secrets to Drawing – Drawing From Life

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Drawing from Life

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Description: Tips on drawing from life. Concepts covered include still life lighting, using a view finder, and sighting techniques.

Suggested Materials: 2 or more spotlights, still life objects, drawing paper, drawing media of your choice.

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The Secrets to Drawing – Drawing From Life — 13 Comments

  1. Hi Mark,

    I am loving your videos and instruction so far, you make everything so easy to understand!

    I just had a question about the sighting technique though? I’m still not getting how to do this the right way.
    I know it’s supposed to help you measure but how do you use that for the compositions?

    Thanks!

  2. Hi Matt, I set up a still life but it took me so long to draw it that the lighting changed. I had a spotlight on the subject but natural light was also coming in through the windows. Are we supposed to sit in a dark room to draw with only artificial light? We don’t have curtains on all our windows. How do you manage changing light when you are doing a detailed drawing?

  3. Hi Matt, thanks so much for your useful lesson. Would it be possible to explain a little bit more about viewfinder? More particularly, where can we get it or even better, how can we make it? What material, what dimensions, how to use it, etc….. Consider most of us are absolute beginners and have never used a viewfinder before. Thank s a lot for your help and support

    • Hi Federica,

      A viewfinder can simply be a piece of heavier paper that is cut proportionally to the drawing or painting surface. You can make one yourself. Manufacturers do make adjustable ones if you want to go that route. Viewfinders simply help to frame the composition when you are drawing from life. Just hold it up in front of what you are drawing and observe the relationships of negative space and positive space that occur within the frame.

      • Thanks Matt for your prompt reply. That shows that you are very serious and you are there to interact with the students of your course. What a support! I’m really satisfied about this course and enjoying it very much. Thank you again

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