Figure Drawing in Pittsburgh
Well, if you are in the States, like me you have been inside and social distancing for a while now. My way of staying sane has been working on a new tarot deck and continuing to hone my figure study skills!
Here are some things I did that have helped my drawing a LOT. While they do not replace a live drawing session, I have focused more on my technical drawing execution and how it relates to my own illustration practice.
Note: I make a point to only use paid reference photos or ones that I take with permission from the model myself. Since I sell my artwork, it feels unethical to use a reference off of Google Images—unless I can't find anything that works and then change the reference drastically which usually looks really terrible and unnatural. Finding diverse models is really challenging because of this!
What are you working on? What resources have you been using?
Class101.net Portrait Procreate Class
This class was promoted to me a lot on Instagram. I decided to spend my own personal money on it since I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into. Class 101 is best described as a South Korean Skillshare. Different creatives can make courses about their expertise—and this ranges from drawing to exercise.
I had a couple of coupon codes so it cost me $160. The audio was a little wonky at times but the teacher, Joshua was truly excellent. He broke the Loomis method down in a digestible way and his blending techniques really changed things up for me. I also enjoyed his color theory refresher. It doesn't matter how long you have been drawing—there is always room to learn more.
Tips: If you decide to utilize this course, definitely access it with the Chrome browser. Otherwise, you can't translate things from Korean to English as easily.
I'll be straight with you, the quality of this website is pretty god awful. That being said, it's one of the few places I can find online that features diverse models. Quite often art models are white, female, and thin. This means that art is only made representing one kind of person—which sucks. Artmodels360 has a variety of body types and also includes a model who utilizes a wheelchair. Having had conversations with people who live model, I hear overwhelmingly that it is an empowering thing that helps people feel great about their body. I'm all for supporting that with the annual $37 fee to use this site.
Unfortunately the site itself is slow and clunky but I just kinda deal with it.
I really enjoy this reference site. My only complaint is the lack of diversity in models. They have so many types of reference including gesture and art poses as well as a ton of different fantasy packs with lots of cool things
Another great resource of high-quality images! They also have some free packs so you can try before you buy.
This is kinda super expensive but I have used Adobe Stock with some success.
The news isn't good! I'm sorry to say it, but there aren't any sessions meeting in real life and frankly that's for the best at the moment. Until a vaccine has been created and widely distributed, it will be unlikely that anyone is willing to risk gathering.
At this point the only information I have about local people is David and Betsy via Meetup.com.
In the meantime—wear a mask, wash your hands, and don't be a jerk!
— Genevieve Barbee-Turner
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If you haven't noticed, I've launched a new website! During the COVID downtime, I have been working super hard to revamp my look and I hope you enjoy.
While we have been sheltering-in-place David and Betsy have been holding it down with figure drawing Zoom meetings! This month they are doing a hybrid of live and online sessions. Their beautiful farm has enough space for people to social distance and enjoy drawing from the safety of your own vehicle. Can't make the drive? They will have a live feed you can join via Zoom.
Drive-In Figure Drawing at the Farm
Park in the field around a stage. Draw from your car, or set up a lawn chair in front of your vehicle. Bathroom is available; no snack table. Space limited to maintain social distancing. Sign up required through the Pittsburgh Figure Drawing Meetup or an email to David.
Sunday, June 14th 6:00–9:00 PM: Kathryn, Betsy & David
Sunday, June 28th 6:00–9:00 PM: Betsy & David
Drive-in Nude Models ($15 model fee)
RSVP for the drive-in event
Zoom event (No cost)
I have been in touch with other figure drawing organizers and when things start to come back I will let you know with updated posts here. They will likley not be on the first of the month but I will send out an email anytime I do a large update so please make sure you are signed up to get emails.
(photo credit: David Bangley)
drawing credit: Bill Pfahl