Live Reference Models for Croquis Drawing and Character Artists
Throughout the history of Western art, drawing the human figure – from life models – has been considered the most fundamental way to develop draftsmanship. If you can draw the human body, you can draw or paint anything (except horses maybe).
Life model drawing (nude) is a traditional life-long excercise and creative (drafting and production) method for artists, illustrators, and related professionals.
As an exercise, life model drawing trains the artist's brain to map the 3D visual information of the real-world (human body) to the respective representation on the artist's medium (paper, pad, etc).
Life models can also be used as static or moving reference, when crafting or tracing game and graphic characters/models.
Why to Draw Croquis
Stir up your daily routine...
Fill your brain with natural organic stimuli...
Have creative and artistic fun with quick sketching...
Or just empty your mind by focusing intensely on seeing and creating...
... while still maintaining and practising the fundamental skill of true artists!
Why to Use Live Reference Models
See how a real body or two bodies behaves physiologically/mechanically
Trace a model or a model-pair in static poses or life movement
Inspect balance, posture, skeleton, and muscles in different poses
Work with an open-minded and relaxed person(s)
Experience the feel of a human character holistically, and bring it to your design
Drawing by Annukka Pietilä. 20 min. Last drawing in a series. (2.5.2016)