Drawing from online photos isn’t that bad. The hardest part is finding well lit high resolution imagery to draw from. There are a lot of resources online that have high quality figure photos but not many of them are well lit, which is why I’m very glad that I found the New Masters Academy channel on Youtube.

I get a lot of inspiration from the internet, It would be hard for today’s artists to not be influenced by the internet in some way, honestly its a wonderful thing to have all art at your fingertips. This is one reason why I was figure drawing form online photos¬†tonight, and why I was trying out sanguine on my warmup page.

I was watching videos on Youtube by Robert Liberace and I was inspired by the following compilation of him drawing.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos, warmup
Warmup page with sanguine test

For the next few drawings I’m working from the following Youtube video with it set on 4k resolution, full screen on my iMac 26″ screen.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos: 1 and 2 minute gestures
1 and 2 minute gestures

There are a couple of gestures in here that work really well, when I slow down and focus on the big action lines.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos, 5 minute drawings
5 minute drawings

I really liked this second 5 minute drawing and how I was not just focusing on the outline of the figure but how the forms transitioned external to internal and trying to create a depth within the body.

I decided to continue this idea in the last drawing on the video, which I also extended for an extra 20 minutes.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos, 10 minute drawing
Drawing, 10 minutes
Figure Drawing from Online Photos, 20 minutes
drawing at 20 minutes
Figure Drawing from Online Photos, drawing at 30 minutes
drawing at 30 minutes

I was trying to describe the body with lines that curved over the surface. I didn’t use many straight hatching lines but instead I would curve the hatching lines in a way that I felt best represented the curvature of the leg or the arm.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos, start on newsprint
Start of drawing on newsprint

I started this drawing on newsprint, but I wanted to use a white charcoal to describe the lighter areas and have more value range so I quickly switched to some Strathmore toned paper. Again, I was trying to describe the form as much as possible with lines that curved over the form rather than straight hatching lines that tend to flatten out the forms.

Figure Drawing from Online Photos, 2 hour drawing on toned paper
2 hour drawing on toned paper

Details

  • Session: 1052
  • Work: 885
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."