If you’ve been to art school or took a higher level art class, chances are you learned about life drawing. Also called figure drawing, life drawing is when you draw a live person who is sitting right in front of you as opposed to a person from a photo or existing drawing. Often this person is nude or draped in loose fitting fabric. But most often, they will be nude.
This may make you uncomfortable. Why do they have to be nude? The answer: clothes are not alive. The nude living form of a real person has it’s own energy. A good artist can capture the life of a model and the easiest way to do that is to remove all of the distraction of clothing which covers up the true form of the subject.
Also, we are not clothes. We are human beings with unique and intricate bodies. When you look at another nude form, you can recognize your own body with similar features, shapes, and elements. Since bodies are usually covered, it is rare we can sit and appreciate the way our bodies are formed in a non-sexual way.
While there are benefits to drawing other types of subjects (folds in clothing are amazing to draw, as well as objects in motion and objects with varying colors and sharp edges) life drawing can improve your artistic talent as well. Overall, life drawing can touch your soul and help you connect in a deeper way with your art.
- You learn to capture a real three dimension living creature.
- You can observe how your subject breathes and capture their liveliness, which is harder when drawing two dimensional model.
- When drawing a 2D subject, you are limited by the original artists interpretation of the subject.
- You can see up close how our skin and muscles react to different positions, sagging or being pulled taut depending on the pose.
- It is easier to capture emotion from a living person than a 2D model.