If there is something we men are constantly craving for, then it is … naked women. Come on guys, confess.

And, so goes the story, somewhen in old Greece some clever guys had an idea how they could see more naked women: By declaring the act of drawing them an art form. Following this logic, every woman who attends a figure drawing is therefore a lesbian. And all the men are horny guys who cover their drives with the “artistic wish of nakedness”

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Now that you’re all biased enough about figure drawing, I can confess…:

Montreal Figure Drawing group on meetup.com
The room is pretty spacious, very bright, with a couch, a queen-sized bed that is missing blankets in the middle. There is one huge drawing table, and a dozen scaffolds are filling the space in the art studio. Our model is about 35. I did not bring a pencil with me and the instructor generously lends me all kinds of drawing coal. (see Lorena, I integrated the word “to lend” in my vocabulary!)

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Drawing with coal is like picking your nose with your thumb: It’s faster and more efficient, but you are hardly able to manage the really tough buggers that need detail work. I love to pick my nose with my thumb (it’s less obvious most of the time, and I pick my nose pretty much non-stop). We are about ten people. The price for about 2.5 hours of drawing is 15$, which includes the following buffet:

  • Red Whine, white whine
  • Baguette, dark bread, white bread
  • Blackberries, blueberries
  • Three types of crackers
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cranberry juice
  • Red grapes and green grapes

Basically, with 15$ I could never buy the items on this list in the quantity that I indulged on the figure drawing course. YUMM, YUMM!

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In the second break I want to help a guy who has complications with getting the proportions right. About two years ago, I faced the same problem, having huge insecurities about the proportions in my drawing. I opened an anatomy book and started to measure the different body parts and wrote them down – and I realized that the human body’s propprtions are nearly even numbers.
For painting and drawing those numbers really help, but please don’t use them if you are a surgeon.

I’m not sure if somone before me came up with that idea (but usually you’re never the first to figure something out) … here we go, for everyone who has problems with getting the proportions right:

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Simplified Bone Structure of the Human Body. Proportion Study, Tobias Deml.

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