[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

For the last few months I have been obsessed with figure drawing and shading. I’ve been doing a lot of short, 20-30 figure studies and mainly experimenting with shading techniques using graphite or colored pencil. What I’m really searching for are ways to go beyond technique, and add story, emotion and meaning to my drawings. We’ll talk more about that in future videos and lessons. In the meantime, check the demo video above to see a recording of one of my morning exercises.

This is a two part series. Part 1 shows the drawing process, also known as the lay-in. Part 2 shows the shading and rendering process. I’ve also written a detailed text version with two high-res handouts in this month’s Newsletter.

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[Video] Figure Drawing Process

figure drawing process by chris legaspi
This video shows a brief look at my thought process as a I draw a short, 30 minute figure study. The reference is from a New Masters Academy timed figure drawing session. If you want to read a more in-depth text version, I wrote a full breakdown for this drawing and a head drawing in […]
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Shape and Value Fundamentals Workshop

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Last week I had the privilege of giving a seminar on the fundamentals of Shape and Value, which are two core principles in my drawing philosophy. The seminar was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the principles and concepts of Illustrative Realism which is what I call the […]
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[Video] Limited Palette Color Study

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**This is a short preview of the full article. To read the full article, visit the new site: www.drawwithchris.com** This article is about color and how to use a limited palette to paint a portrait. The palette I used was primarily 2 colors: Phthalo Blue (cool) and Quinacridone Magenta (warm). Hansa Yellow is also used sparingly […]
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Life Drawing Exercise #3

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**This is a short preview of the full article. To read the full article, visit the new site: www.drawwithchris.com** Another round of life drawing exercises from the New Masters Academy youtube page. This reference set is life drawing session #32. For this set I wanted to focus on the head. Unfortunately most of the poses […]
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[video] Life Drawing Exercise #2: Charcoal Pencil on Newsprint

life drawing, charcoal pencil on newsprint by Chris Legaspi
These drawings were done while watching the Daily Life Drawing Session #17 from the New Masters Academy youtube page. The images were timed so it simulates a live life drawing session. The poses are 1 minute (x5), 2 minute (x5), 5 minute (x2) and a 10 minute. The medium I used are carbothello black pencil, smooth newsprint and […]
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[video]Life Drawing Exercise #1: Ballpoint Pen on Toned Paper

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These drawings were done while watching the Daily Life Drawing Session #20 from the New Masters Academy youtube page. The images were timed so it simulates a live life drawing session. The poses are 1 minute (x5), 2 minute (x5), 5 minute (x2) and a 10 minute. The medium I used are ballpoint pen, Strathmore toned paper […]
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[VIDEO] James Gurney Fantasy in The Wild Review

fantasy in the wild review
Fantasy in the Wild is the latest video tutorial by Illustrator and author James Gurney. This article is a brief review, starting with the content, then the format, and finally the pros and cons of this new instructional video. Content Fantasy the Wild is video tutorial that is over 1 hour in length. The most surprising […]
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