Core Collective Invites artists to Life Figure sketches

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Gunmakers Arms

93 Bath Street


B4 6HG

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Life Figure drawing

Part of the Core Collective Arts and Crafts Festival (12th - 17thth August ’18, at the Gun Makers Arms, Birmingham)

We all seen Sky Arts Landscape of the Year and just recently Portrait of the Year with Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell host the show sadly our Birmingham Artists just missed out Danny Howes, now if you ever fancy trying it yourself and discover how it would feel like painting/drawing in four hours, here is your chance.

Opportunity to meet other artists see how they work, learn from them and discover your inner strength, watch how other artists around you compose the setting, enjoy mixing with likeminded artists.

It’s not every day you get a chance to sketch from a life model.

Can you meet the challenge and enjoy the day and find out if you can do a quick timed sketch or just enjoy painting outdoors in the sunshine?




The second option for those budding artists if you haven't tried yourself yet or you'd like to improve your quick figure sketching,

You'll be able to draw for 20 minutes and have a good time then meet up at the bar for a pint.

Artists are often amazed by other artists at how quickly they can get an image on the drawing surface. Often, what’s equally amazing is the accuracy which accompanies the speed.

Frankly, anyone can draw quickly, but to draw fast without any level of accuracy really misses the whole point. So, we need to draw quickly, but also draw with accuracy.

If you are a beginner just have a go and see below for top tips.

How to Sketch People & Figures with Timed Sketching Exercises

Top 10 Life Drawing Tips

1. Look at the Figure, study how your model looks, how he is moving/sitting, make sure you ground him.
2. Remember the rules about the size of the person, if you get this right then your figure will appear to look like a person.
3. It may surprise you that quick drawing could improve you as an artist as you study shape.

4. Plan your Composition

From step one, you should have a general shape of the figure and be able to visualize a composition.
Using your hand, and without marking the paper, motion the general shapes, then very quickly sketch the general composition. Sometimes it is easier to draw a box around the figure to help visualize it before you put pen to paper. You may want to divide the box up further to help you place landmarks.

5. Quickly sketch the entire figure and begin to add a small amount of detail.

This will help your composition and proportions. Get the whole thing sketched out in a few seconds. Then do your drawing on top of it. Your accuracy with the sketch will improve over time.
Don’t draw intricate detail, just the basic shapes. Use broad, light tones, with pencils or charcoal, don’t get hung up or worry about it how it looks you are a beginner and just starting out, you will improve over time, just enjoy. The tones of light will indicate where the light is coming from and darker tones think of the shadows or shape of the body. The lines/shades will help the 3D shape.

6. Draw fast

Think about placement while you are drawing and don’t neglect all those negative shapes around the figure. If you are using pencils or charcoal, you might want to add some broad lines or tones in and around the figure. This will add some strength to your drawing

7. Practice good line economy

Practice with some one-line drawings. A one-line drawing is done without picking up your drawing instrument from the paper. It’s a strange feeling not picking/removing your pencil/pen or charcoal from the paper, you will do it without thinking about, but once you tried it a few times you learn not to think about and study your subject. Try to be fluid and efficient.
Study the subtleties within the figure, and your line, in turn, will become more sensitive. Sketch the inner body line along and then the outer line with board heaver line building up using subtle tones.
Don’t be tempted to draw everything sometimes white space tells a story rather shading every spot of your subject.

6. Don’t erase (much)

Erasers are a really good tool for lightening tone, not getting rid of a line. Erasers tend to damage the paper fibres and often end up being more distracting than the thing you were trying to erase in the first place. More importantly, erasing takes away valuable time that could be better spent drawing.
Be careful using an eraser/rubber can destroy what is a good drawing by smudging the lines, making a mess, if you make a mistake it just makes it worst.
It might be best just to leave it and carry on with your drawing.
Here are a few alternatives to erasing, if you just can’t let it go;
Draw over it, possibly with a lighter colour
use a chamois or tissue to lighten your mistake, then draw over it.
Start over. Sometimes it is more rewarding to have a good three-minute drawing than a bad 20-minute drawing.

7. Add shadows and highlights

Shadows and highlights give the pose a life-like feel and can be just as descriptive as a line. Give yourself time to draw the shadows, and your figures will develop weight and drama.
Ways to quickly add darks to your drawing:
Charcoal using a damp brush or using a paper towel for blending but can be messing, your fingers will become black along with anything you touch.
Inks, for subtle dark lines etching with shadows.
Sumi ink stick: soak in water for a minute and draw directly.
Water-soluble graphite pencils: great in sketchbooks. (will warp paper, but good practice)

8. Draw the whole pose

At least some of the time. Drawing cropped views is great, but the majority of your sketches should be the whole figure. Don’t avoid the hands, feet, and head. If you always draw these last, and you always run out of time, you will never learn how to draw them. Sometimes a very simple shape is enough for a hand or foot or a background shadow to indicate a head.

Even a 30-second pose is enough time to draw the entire figure, you just have to be quick and learn to simplify,

9. Ground your figure

Don’t forget to draw what your subject is standing on or sitting on, it will complete your drawing sometimes a simple line to show the ground is all that it needs.

10. Date your Drawing

It’s nice to see your progress on a timeline, it will encourage you how far for have come. When looking back in your sketchbook.


What can I bring into the event?

Just bring along your own art materials, and find your sit, and relax and sketch Andy while he is chatting and creating his sculpture, why not sketch the artists drawing Andy.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Very easy to get to Gunmakers Arms, by foot 5 min walk from Snowshill Station pass St Chads along Queensway cut through by Salvation Army, pub facing you.

Parking outside the pub.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

It is fine to transfer your ticket to a friend or bring along others to join in with the event bear in mind seating is at a minimum, and may not be able to take part. All are welcome to join us & take part, please note children must be supervised.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any enquiries you can contact Core Collective through our Facebook Page or on Twitter or the Gunmakers Arms. or

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