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Figure Drawings and Portraits

Drawing the human figure, recent drawings, portraits and sketches and how to draw them.Click on a picture for more pictures.

Eight books are now available at the Google eBook Store.
See links to them at my blog.


Eleven books are now available as printed books.
See these nine at Amazon.com.
  • The Art Student's Guide to the Proportions of the Human Form
  • The Art Student's Guide to the Bones and Muscles of the Human Body
  • Gerard Audran's The Proportions of the Human Body
  • The Art Student's Guide to External Anatomy
  • The School of Raphael: The Student's Guide to Expression in Historical Painting
  • The Human Head
  • How to Draw the Human Figure: The Drawings of Grace Young
  • How to Draw People: Using Early Copy Books

  • see links to them all at Amazon.com's Figure-Drawings Page.
    Some are also available at Lulu.com.


    Draw the Human Figure Learn anatomy, proportions, and action with these ebooks.
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    "Top 10 Online Figure Drawing Resources For Beginner Artists - Figure Drawing Resource 4 - Website: Figuredrawings.com Figuredrawings.com "This website is loaded with great information and resources on figure drawing including books, ebooks lessons and more." -artinstructionblog.com

    New Book - Gerard Audran's The Proportions of the Human Body
    Buy a copy at Amazon.com


    female natomy for artist Life Drawing Pet Portrait
    Art Model Books and CDs Virtual Pose model
    Drawing the Female - Instruction in Art Learn to Draw Figure Drawing Secrets The Art of Drawing The Figure: Essential Exercises human anatomy Academic Drawings
    Portrait Books about Life Drawing
    Visit the entire site to see portraits, figure drawings, pet portraits and life studies. The figure drawing page has examples from art history. The life drawing pages are recent studies from a weekly life drawing session.
    Better Figure Drawing
    by Cecile Hardy
    The links pages have links to figure drawing tutorials, figure drawing schools and resources, life drawing sessions, materials, forums, models and other artists who draw or paint the figure. Purchase a drawing from the portfolio or order a custom drawing on the order page. Visit figure-drawings.com for a large selection of hard to find ebooks about drawing the figure, learning to draw, drawing perspective, drawing cartoons and learning to paint.
    New Listings of Figure Drawing Sessions
    See more listings at figuredrawings.com/linksdrawinggroups.html

    The Artists League of the Sandhills, Aberdeen NC 28315 - Wednesday night life drawing and painting sessions have been moved to Thursday nights
    Candid Arts Trust - 3 Torrens St, London, Life Drawing Saturdays
    Life drawing studio time. Saturday evenings 6­9 p.m., 4349 Queen St. in Niagara, Canada
    Dot-art launches life drawing classes at Bluecoat - Liverpool, UK Arts Guild NJ - Rahway, NJ - Open Studio Life Drawing, sessions in which artists work, without an instructor, from different live male and female models each week, in short and long poses. Read more>
    Choose from nine different day-long workshops being offered in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada during the month of October, figure-drawing class on Oct. 15 being offered by Alex McGibbon
    Liverpool, United Kingdom - On Tuesday evenings (from 6th September), artist and tutor Roy Munday will lead a ten week programme of classes developing skills in life drawing with a live model, including accurate measuring, colour and drawing and painting techniques.
    Greenwood Lake, New York ‹ Award-winning artist Gad Nusinov of Greenwood Lake resident led a workshop on how to sketch a human face and figure
    Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School draws a saucy crowd With burlesque dancers, drunken artists and a no-nonsense ringleader, the South Florida chapter of this international organization has arrived.
    Kunstkreis bietet Sommerakademie - Vom Aktzeichnen bis zur digitalen Malerei, Eine Einführung in das Digital Painting, der digitalen Malerei am Computer, rundet das Programm ab. Der Illustrator und DTP-Fachmann Matthias Cieschinger führt in die Grundlagen des Grafiktabletts ein und erläutert die Stufen von der ersten Skizze zur eigenen digital erstellten Illustration. Infos: 02327/ 92 870. Wattenscheid, Deutschland.
    Kurs Aktzeichnen im Hochzeitszimmer
    Kursanbieter - Kunstschule Liechtenstein
    Drop-In Figure Drawing Class -- Clothed Model - Palo Alto Life Drawing -- Tuesday Evenings Cubberly Community Center, Palo Alto, CA 94306 - San Francisco Figure Drawing Group
    Life drawing sessions - Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, New York - www.hudsonoperahouse.org
    Rart Order RARTs SITE SPECIFIC CLASS ROOM OF EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING
    AT BISTROTHEQUE EVERY SECOND SUNDAY life drawing with Tracey Rice, Central Wisconsin Cultural Center contact cwcc@wctc.net website Behind the Front V.A.S. - Life Drawing Classes and Drop-in Sessions, Infux Creative Space (141 Spadina Ave. Suite 07, Toronto, Ontario
    Caberet Life Drawing, Louisville, Kentucky
    Life Drawing Photos by Terry Brown
    El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
    Doudna Fine Arts Center. Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois
    GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Anyone interested in learning to draw, is invited to register for the following drawing workshops held this fall at the South County Center of Berkshire Community College (BCC).
    The Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia
    The Norton Way Gallery - Norton Way North, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Brevonart - 6 Bass Terrace, Thorne Road, Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Life Drawing Classes - Sandy Hill Art - 250 Somerset, EAST, Ottawa, Canada
    Life Drawing and Painting Classes with Chris Bennett, Artist- Sunday Morning Sessions at the Whitworth Centre Station Road, Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    Zeichenschule Ottenbreit Ilona Ottenbreit - Atelierhaus Mengerzeile - Mengerzeile 3. 12435 Berlin-Treptow
    Life Drawing, develop drawing skills working from a nude model with support from an artist tutors, suitable for all abilities, Millennium Gallery, Fridays Sheffield, U.K.
    Ironman Matt Poole in a life drawing workshop to raise money for the Compass Institute. Sunshine Coast, Australia Zeichenschule Ottenbriet - Berlin
    Humphrey Bennett - Baarn, Nederlands
    Springplank voor kunstenaarsmodellen
    Workshop Naaktmodel Schilderen

    Ferenczy Istvan vizualis muhely
    Neue Aktzeichenkurse in Karlsruhe
    Avni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
    Bituy College of Art and Design
    Studio De La SLAMA Manningtree: Nude model for new art class a life drawing session with a nude model at the Red Lion, in South Street, on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Mannington Essex UK.

    RENÉ HERAR - Workshops: GRUPPENKURSE & EINZELUNTERRICHT THEMENBEREICHE: AKTZEICHNEN AKTMALEN
    Davis County Figure Drawing, Layton, Utah

    Aktzeichnen Gallerie Edel
    Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut - The Teen Summer Workshops for students from 12 to 17 years old will offer a variety of media that ranges from Oil Painting, to Printmaking, Portrait/Figure Drawing & Painting, Fashion Illustration, and Enameling.
    West Tisbury, Massachusetts Featherstone has classes scheduled: needle-felting, figure drawing, painting, quilting, and more.
    Kunstschule Paletti -Honorarkosten für das Modell werden je nach Einsatz berechnet.








    News about figure drawing and life drawing

    People tend to take off their clothes in front of the bathroom, sleep or sex. Time Out spoke to the few who undress at work. "Alexander once called to pose, I went with him. It gives me pleasure to rustle a pencil. People shy of nudity because they are embarrassed themselves. It is difficult to find a complete woman, who wants to pose. Read More>
    Naked Craft The job of sitter appeared in ancient times - since the beginning of the fine arts. Read More>
    Nackte Tatsachen bei der ersten Ferienakademie Eine Nackte im Kulturzentrum: bei der Ferienakademie der Volkshochschule Ludwigsburg nichts Außergewöhnliches. Denn neben zahlreichen Workshop-Angeboten vom Musizieren bis hin zum Englischkurs wird von einer Dozentin auch Aktmalerei für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene angeboten. Read More>
    Kunst - ein Schöpfungsakt DORSTFELD Die Teilnehmer eines Aktmalkurses machten es sich nicht leicht, Nacktheit zu Papier zu bringen. Keine Scheu darf das Modell haben, aber die Maler auch nicht. Für ihre möglichst genauen Zeichnungen müssen diese für Details auch schon mal näher an die nackt Posierende herantreten. Read More>
    Vom Aktzeichnen bis zur digitalen Malerei Wattenscheid. Auf Vielfalt setzt der Kunstkreis Wattenscheid e.V. mit seinem neuen Fortbildungsprogramm. Reizvolle Seminarangebote gibt es für künstlerisch Ambitionierte. Zur Spezialisierung und Weiterbildung von Künstlern und Fachleuten, aber auch zur Vermittlung elementarer Grundlagen für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene hält die diesjährige Sommerakademie Angebote vor. Read More>

    20 artists painting nude in the garden of the Japanese Palace in Dresden Dresden. Painting outdoors, to eat and drink. 20 artists took on Sunday of this opportunity and painted in the garden of the Japanese Palace, under the slogan "Breakfast on the lawn." Read More> Another Link, One more link.

    The Art of the Nude Model Growing up, most of us are taught that nudity is inherently bad; that it is completely and absolutely taboo. Allison Conley, however, believes no such thing. Conley, a senior at Stony Brook University majoring in digital arts, has been working as a nude model since the summer of 2008, and sees no problem with taking off her clothes.

    'Behold the Nude' at Skulski Art Gallery in Clark, NJ

    World-renowned realist whose paintings startled and impressed Lucian Freud: THE ORIGINAL, unnerving, sustained artistic achievement of Lucian Freud, who has died aged 88, had at its heart a wilful, restless personality, fired by his intelligence and attentiveness and his suspicion of method, never wanting to risk doing the same thing twice. Read More>

    Tough Job in the Naked City The event was the Society of Illustrators' Tuesday evening "Sketch Night"‹not to be confused with its Thursday evening sketch night. Here's the difference: On Tuesday, according to a helpful flier, "Models will be nude with an occasional accessory" Read More>

    Christian Colleges Struggle with Their Fine Art Programs When Bob and Sandra Bowden were scouting colleges for their daughter Jennifer in the 1980s, they found that the pickings were slim. "My husband and I were looking for a Christian college with a studio art program, and it was like looking for a needle in a haystack," Ms. Bowden recalled. ..So are their programs comparable to those offered by secular institutions? One obvious difference is the attitude to the use of models in life-drawing classes. "Calvin College doesn't use nude models," said David Diephouse, chairman of the institution's art department. It is a touchy subject. By omitting traditional life drawing, some argue that Christian college students are missing out on a central tenet of traditional art training.Read More>

    Sketching a beauty queen To kill time in our life drawing class, I join my students when they draw. Read More>

    Life drawing meets sketchy burlesque at Stage 84 in Davie "I was thinking, straight up, 'this isn't like your standard life drawing class,'" remembers Sundquist. "There's this strange mermaid that some guy carries out because she's in costume, and she interacts with the artists. The atmosphere just became so non-threatening." Read More>

    Class at the El Paso Museum of Art is "Drawing" in Students "Once you start drawing you're not even really focusing on nudity or anything like that. You're just trying to capture this drawing so it looks decent to yourself," said artist Rene Sanders. Read More>

    Acclaimed Artist and Teacher Leads Figure Drawing Class James McMullan urges students to analyze "rhythms" and "pressures" in model's body, during Southampton Writers Conference class at Stony Brook Southampton. Read More>

    Undraped models 'just like any other object' for local artists A model walks into a room with, typically, a dozen people, takes clothes off and sits still in the middle of the room for a few hours. Read more>

    Anger as art is removed from church A CENSORSHIP row has erupted between an art class and the congregation at an Ashbourne church. Read More>

    Life model takes over AFTER seven years as a model, Heather Brenchley will now step in to help guide aspiring artists as they explore their creative side. Read More>

    Nude models help artists see the truth When it comes to her part-time modeling job, Laura Stokes has nothing to hide. Stokes, 27 of Pittsburgh, models in the nude for art students at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. In the past four years, she's posed for at least 25 different sessions. "You kind of get past that feeling of awkwardness," she says. "It's so funny; you catch yourself by surprise by thinking, 'Wow, I'm naked in front of a bunch of people I don't know.' " Read more: Nude models help artists see the truth - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    A legend laid bare: Egon Schiele exhibition Egon Schiele Women, at the Richard Nagy gallery, London W1, opens on Thursday (richardnagy.com) Read More>

    LIFE Gets Naked: Artists and Models Read More>

    Van Dongen's Chic Hookers, Lady Wrestlers Seduce Paris: Review Read More>


    The first time I walked into an art class I arrived as the main event. The details of why in the early 1960's I'd decided to work as an artist's model are irrelevant, so I'll leave it at the fact I needed money for the plane fare to Europe and nobody was going to give it to me. Read More>

    The art world is like an iceberg - what you see is only a fraction of what's going on. For 10 years I worked part-time as an artist's model, working for professional artists, art and animation schools and community groups. The latter was the by far my most frequent employer and by far the most surprising group. Read More>


    I've never actually been to a life drawing class. For one thing, my figurative drawing skills don't extend much beyond stark stick men and for another, my more arty friends' cringe-worthy tales of afternoon sessions with Derek, the OAP with the seriously small willy who liked chit chatting about the weather and chastising anyone under thirty while sitting open legged on a stool are pretty much enough to put me off for life. Or are they? Keen to reinvent the traditional staid concepts of life drawing, London Drawing, the brainchild of artists Anne Noble-Partridge and David Price have launched The Drawing Theatre, a creative fusion of theatre and drawing Read More>


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    AKTMALEREI Nackt-Matinee mit Lerneffekt In der Berlinischen Galerie kann man mit spitzem Stift und scharfem Blick schöne Akte zu Papier bringen Read More>

    CCA students mastering new storytelling methods with comics class Read More>

    'Modest sum' to give up modesty
    CURVY, thin, large and small ‹ all bodies are welcome for the life drawing class at the Toowoomba Art Society. Currently, the society has six models on their books who they call in to pose without their clothes on for their weekly sessions. Read More>

    Life's not easy in the raw WHEN artist Diana Battle enters her life drawing class, she doesn't see a naked body. She instead sees angles, light and shade as well as positive and negative space. "The more drawings you do you start to forget you are drawing someone in the nude," she said. Read More>

    Real Live Nude Art: Benefit Mixes Artists, Models, and Spectators Read More>

    My Work: George Krause talks about his photography In his current series, Sfumato Nudes, renowned photographer George Krause combines a classical art subject with contemporary technology and a technique he devised. His subjects are isolated from the physical world by a light box, where the reflected and direct illumination from the back creates a reversal of depth. The images are stunning life-size portraits of average men and women standing in casual stances. Some are models from life-drawing classes, many are friends, most are volunteer strangers: Read More>

    NAKED FROM NINE TO FIVE (NAAKT VAN NEGEN TOT VIJF) Ze brengen hun werkweek naakt door, onbeweeglijk, starend in de ruimte. Met dertig paar ogen op zich gericht. Fulltime naaktmodellen, ze werken voor weinig geld, maar staan wel continu in het middelpunt. 'Naakt poseren helpt jezelf te accepteren.'Read More>

    What I've Learned: Ty Tyner Tyner feels that the education he received at ACC is still helping him with his job working with comic books. "It definitely taught me a good bit about design and had a good program as far as design goes," said Tyner. "I think I grew as an artist definitely when I was there. I did some life drawing classes. At the time, I didn't think I needed them because I was like I'm a computer designer, but now that I'm doing the comic thing, I'm actually doing more painting. It actually does come back into play." Read More>

    Philadelphia in the Nude I'm not afraid to get naked. I needed spare cash, so I sold my body - to art. Read More>

    Nuogas kunas viesai - tabu ar ne visai? Read More>

    Sie sind jung und brauchen das Geld Hundefutterrezepte ¸bersetzen, Achterbahn bremsen oder als Aktmodell posen: Es muss nicht immer Nachhilfe sein. (ZisH-Autoren zeigen kreative Wege, um neben Schule und Studium Geld zu verdienen. Read More>

    Nackte Tatsachen: Öffentliches Aktmalen Gestern Abend malten die Freiburger Künstler Matthias Hickel und Viktor Knack in der Regio Galerie live Akte - und das Publikum durfte über die Schulter schauen. Ein Aktmodell, das sich öffentlich zeichnen lässt, kommt selten vor. Barbara (Name geändert) gehört zu den wenigen Modellen, die einer öffentlichen Aktmalerei zustimmen. Gina war dabei. Read More>

    Still life is a bum deal Tim Vollmer Daily Telegraph reporter posses nude for a life drawing class at the Arts centre in Willoughby as part of the odd jobs series. Read More>
    A pursuit for artistic purity Nude modeling is a controversial career in China. Some think it is shameful, while others think it is brave. But for Su Zizi, a 19-year-old student from Beijing-based Renmin University of China, nude modeling offers her the chance to pursue pure art. Read More>

    Angewandte: Alle Studenten unter einem Dach Die Universität für angewandte Kunst plant eine Vergrößerung für dreißig Millionen Euro. Von den Budgeteinsparungen für Universitäten ist das Vorhaben laut Rektor Bast nicht betroffen.

    Who does not want to draw a naked girl For ten years running in Netanya workshop participants draw a naked girl and sometimes a naked man. ..What should I do girl to be a good model? "It should be natural and skilled. Movements poses I do have to adjust my body. My body is round and so is natural. My positions I'm not struggling physically. If this effort does not seem real. I know how I should feel to make it look real. Read More>


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    The Sculptor and Art Student's Guide to the Proportions of the Human Form
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    The Art Student's Guide to the Bones and Muscles of the Human Body and Lessons on Foreshortening
    The School of Raphael or The Student's Guide to Expression in Historical Painting
    The Human Head A Correct Delineation of the Anatomy, Expressions, Features, Proportions and Positions of the Head and Face
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    Website - figure drawing, life drawing etc
    I found this website today and found it had a lot of interesting links and references. The site contains a lot of life drawing examples, so there is some nudity.
    Beth - artpapa.com
    "Quite possibly one of the most comprehensive websites for figure drawing and anatomy books online. "- Fantasy & Sci Fi - Digital Art Imagine FX
    This is a really neat site for drawing from life. Tons of links and advice and recommendations. Kind of a pain to navigate, and not very pretty, but a wonderful mine of information for artists. Caution: lots 'n lots of artistic nudity (it is a site about drawing the figure, after all). - delusionstudio.com
    jak w temacie linki do stron w ktorych krok po kroku otrzymacie porady do rysowania anatomii - MarvBoy
    Top Sites about: Figure Drawing
    Favorite Sites - mongraph
    http://figuredrawings.com/
    "I found a wonderful online resource for figure drawing at figuredrawings.com. They have amazing drawings posted from some of the greatest figure drawing artists since the Renaissance. " - Ashley Walter's Blog.
    "Unseres Erachtens die bislang umfangreichste Linkliste rund um das Thema Aktzeichnen "- kopflos-ev.de
    Il y a plein de photos des pages des livres! Quelques uns pratiques! Comme les dimensions du corps! - J. C. Saint-Po AtelierMagique.com - Dessiner le corps humain
    Site sobre desenho e anatomia figura humana - Quem se interessa por desenho e anatomia da figura humana não vai se arrepender se olhar este site - artificio / Laura Nehr
    Site de 'Figure Drawings'!! - Encontrei um site com muita informação sobre 'Figure Drawings'. Tem links de sites, blogs, dicas de livros, etc - desenhos d eobservacao