Get bet­ter at fig­ure draw­ing

Peer over the shoul­der of fan­tasy artist Pa­trick J Jones as he draws live from his life-draw­ing work­shop, with­out slav­ishly copy­ing what he sees

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Pa­trick J Jones draws from a life-draw­ing work­shop.

When I got the great call from Imag­ineFX’s ed­i­tor to draw a life model for the cover il­lus­tra­tion, I was beam­ing with en­ergy and filled with no­tions of mighty ges­tu­ral turns, cur­va­ceous glutes and hips a-sway; but the brief came with a hur­dle: no nu­dity could grace the cover! A chaste nude can work, of course, but usu­ally at the sac­ri­fice of the ma­jor curves that make the fe­male fig­ure so ap­peal­ing and grace­ful. I de­cided there and then it would be an artis­tic chal­lenge! Nor­mally, I teach life draw­ing at univer­sity, but for this com­mis­sion I planned to record the stages live at my first pri­vate fig­ure-draw­ing work­shop, which was a big call, with ev­ery chance of me fall­ing flat on my stupid face in full view of the class. It was also de­cided that an Asian model would be great too, and I agreed, but it would turn out to be my sec­ond chal­lenge.

In this work­shop I’ll be work­ing with clas­sic butcher’s pa­per (newsprint) and char­coal, while re­lat­ing a tale of the won­drous un­known that greeted me as I walked into my first pri­vate life-draw­ing class with this ex­cit­ing com­mis­sion and cam­eras rolling…

Draw fan­tas­tic fig­ure art

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