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Life Drawing: Techniques in Action

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Life Drawing is an inspiring film, which explains how to draw both the female and male form in different poses. Exercises guide you through various techniques for achieving good proportions, line quality, and sculptural tone while developing the trust between your brain and eye. With these techniques in hand, a more creative approach is explored, enabling marks to reflect feelings and expression. DVD One explores rhythm and curve, measuring and angle-finding, negative shapes, zig-zagging, eye-trust, and passionate line. DVD Two covers tone—a trip around the model, mid-tones, find the Form, and black and white on medium. Explaining through clear, key points how to improve your life drawing techniques, this film is essential viewing for teachers and students at all levels.


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  • Format: Audiobook, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Crowood Press
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1847970109
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Stephen Tashiro on April 22, 2010
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The two DVD set "Life Drawing Techniques In Action" by Bridget Woods demonstrates short drawing exercises (typically 5 to 20 minutes) that gently introduce students to aspects of realistic drawing and the traditional art studio environment. The drawings are impressionistic, but the lessons about realistic drawing are driven home.

The drawing of the female nude shown on the front cover of the DVD case is done in one exercise, but it is not a typical drawing. (Calling the other drawings "impressionistic" may not be the precise term from the point of view of art history, but if publishers of non-fiction media can use misleading packaging, reviewers must also be given some slack. The other drawings are "sketchy", "gestural" - you get the idea. Furthermore, the drawing on the front cover is done in chalk and Conte crayon while most other exercises on the DVD are done in charcoal. ) Currently you can find video excerpts on the Crowood Press website that show typical drawings or your could try using a magnifying glass on the back of the DVD case.

The exercises involve sketching nude models. Footage includes shots of the models taken from the artist's point of view, so a student might use stop-motion to try the exercises for himself. Although Nudity is present in almost every exercise, it not an essential element of the course. There is no detailed discussion of anatomy and no technical anatomical terms are used. There is no instruction about drawing the muscles of the body or hand or feet etc. It seems to me that instructors could teach this material using models that wore light colored tights Sometimes Bridget Woods remarks that she is using the belly button or a nipple is a landmark.
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I teach Figure Drawing and I am using some of the exercises with my class. They love the new way of thinking. Guessing measurements has really helped.
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I liked Ms Woods book on life drawing (which I bought through Amazon) so when I saw a DVD also listed, I was interested. Amazon listed it out of stock, but I managed to find a copy. I am amazed to see months later that you still show it out of stock. It is an excellent DVD. I particularly liked the way Ms Woods demonstrated each technique on paper rather than describing it, all the time showing the model, and at times even superimposing her drawing over the model to make a point. I found many of her 'lessons' helpful and would think many Amazon clients would agree. Incidentally, her book that piqued my interest was Life Drawing: A Journey to Self-Expression
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