What we're about

This is a group for people who want to improve their drawing skills through tutorials, practice and group feedback. The idea is that we learn from masters*, draw a lot, find out where we need to improve, and draw again.

A typical session would have a schedule similar to this:

0:00 - Warm-up drawing exercises

0:05 - Video/printed tutorial(s)* on the session subject (e.g. the head, hands, 3-point perspective...etc.) and discussion of key points

0:25 - Round 1 of drawing

0:55 - 2 short written critiques of other members Round 1 drawings

1:00 - Break/read critiques

1:10 - Round 2 of drawing

1:40 - 2 short written critiques of other members Round 2 drawings

1:45 - Break/read critiques

1:55 - Round 3 of drawing

2:25 - Final critiques/next session discussion

1) Is this a class?
- Sort of? More like a study group. There is no live teacher present, but the tutorials we use are written and endorsed by professional artists. The group was started as a free way to try to consistently improve drawing ability and meet others who want to do the same.

2) Why are we writing critiques? Why not just draw?
- Good feedback is a big part of getting good. That's why we modeled this after a system used at ateliers. We all know that we can be our own worst critics. It helps to have someone else give an honest critique.

3) How do I know the critique will be honest?
- The critiques are written anonymously so there's no reason for someone to not give an honest response. We're here to help each other.

4) You said there's no teacher, so how do I know I'm getting good critiques from other group members? They might not know what they're talking about.
- Maybe, but this is why we do 2 anonymous critiques each round (a total of 4). Most people can tell you if something looks off. If both critiques agree that something is wrong with your proportions, shading...etc., then that's probably a good sign that that area needs work. Round 2 is a great chance to immediately try to improve things.

*5) What tutorials are we using?
We try to use tutorials that are recommended by professional artists. These include, but aren't limited to:
Proko's youtube series on figure drawing and anatomy
The Loomis series
The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed
Human Anatomy for Artists
Charles Bargue's Drawing Course
Perspective Made Easy

6) So this is only about drawing figures?
No, definitely not. This is about improving draftsmanship skills. Use of color, perspective, drawing animals...etc. are all on the table. One session might be on drawing noses. Another session might be on landscape composition.

7) Sounds random. Who chooses what we practice?
We do, at the end of a session or series (e.g. several sessions on drawing the head). Barring that, I'll put something up. We try to choose subjects that build upon each other (for example, do a session or two on the head followed by a session on eyes and then on the mouth).

8) What should I bring?
Each session will usually make a recommendation for materials, but we don't want people to not come because they're missing a charcoal pencil. The key thing is to bring a friendly, open attitude.

Past events (8)

Figure drawing: Gesture

Cleveland Park Library

Draw the ears!

Cleveland Park Library

Draw hair and shadows!

Cleveland Park Library

Draw the Mouth

Cleveland Park Library

Photos (19)