LC #42 Pipers Alley

View Full Version : Question about learning the figure...

05-03-2006, 09:19 PM
Hi, over this summer I plan to learn the figure as best I can.

I know like going to the beach or train stations are good places to observe people standing still. But figures in general are still in short supply unless I hire model. So in the interim of these studies from life, would it be ok to draw from photos? I am just starting out, I know optimally from life is best, but would drawing from photos do more harm than good? or would they do just a little to help me? or is just as good as the real thing?

And also does anyone have any ideas about finding human figures to sketch?

thank you, and I look foward to learning from this forum in the upcoming months

05-03-2006, 09:42 PM

Welcome to the Anatomy Forum. :)

Frankly, you may hear differing opinions here as to whether or not you should draw / paint from photos, but I'm personally for it, and think that working from Reference is far and away better than not working at all. :)

We happen to have a great ongoing Workshop series in which anyone may join / leave at any time:

Here is a list of all Open Figure Drawing Workshops (

OFDWs run every 2 weeks when we are working from photographic reference of a model, and every 4 weeks when we are working from Master Painting Reference, as we are currently in the latest OFDW:

Open Figure Drawing Workshop - Rembrandt Master Copy - with Rebeccak 016 (

You are welcome to join in! We are currently nearing the end of the 2nd week of a 4 week workshop ~ meaning there are 2 weeks left to go, plenty of time to participate. :)

You should also check out the great work that has been produced in previous OFDWs here in the SPOTLIGHT Forum:

Links to all Open Figure Drawing Workshop SPOTLIGHT threads (

In past OFDWs, we have used reference from the really great sites: > go to Photosets

Additional Anatomical Reference can be found linked here:

Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art (

Looking forward to your participation here on the Anatomy Forum! :)



CGTalk Moderation
05-03-2006, 09:42 PM
This thread has been automatically closed as it remained inactive for 12 months. If you wish to continue the discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum.