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  05 May 2006
Question about learning the figure...

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 May 2006


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!



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