Art Model Reference Images to Draw
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At New Masters Academy we're always looking for new ways to help teach the fundamentals of art. Recently we have begun releasing (via YouTube) a series of timed reference videos that we call the Daily Life Drawing Sessions. These sessions allow artists to practice drawing 1, 2, 5, and now 10 minute figure drawing poses that we have selected from the vast Image Reference Library ( http://www.newmastersacademy.org/refe... ). These sessions have been met with with overwhelming enthusiasm which sparked a new idea:
We have begun recording real-time video lessons where your New Masters Academy instructors draw from these timed sessions right alongside you. Click here to view the free sessions on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7EWYwaF6E-H0O-e7LadTqmR4kUPO3jqa
Using these videos is simple!
1. Set up your computer, laptop, or tablet near your working area with the screen at a perpendicular angle to your eye.
2. Make sure you are working in a well lit area with your drawing surface perpendicular to your eye as well.
3. Play the video and try to work in real time (no pausing!). First you will see a series of one minute poses. This doesn't give you much time so you'll want to try to get a sense of the whole figure, whether you're drawing gesture lines or an interconnecting lay-in. Even for the one minute poses, don't rush! Just set realistic goals for yourself.
Tip: When two images are shown side-by-side choose whichever image you like. If you repeat the same video session again (and we recommend you do) you can do the drawing over again or choose the other side.
4. After five one-minute poses, you'll get the chance to do five two-minute poses. Here you are going to work the same way that you did with the one minute poses but you'll also be able to start defining the forms (starting with major forms) and how they connect with each other.
5. The last poses are two 5-minutes and then a single ten minute pose. We have chosen particularly difficult poses here so take your time to work them out.
You can view more at http://www.newmastersacademy.org
Here's how we recommend you use this resource: First do these DLDS (Daily Life Drawing Session) video yourself one or multiple times trying to stay true to the timer and improving on your initial drawings and understandings of the poses each time.
Next watch your favorite instructors do the same drawings from the same videos as you, comparing what similarities and differences there are between not only you and your favorite instructor, but also among the different instructors.
This is an approach that has never been implemented in art education and so far the feedback has extremely positive.
What if I want to draw for more than 10 minutes?
Click here for the static images:
Where can I get more reference images?
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One of the best male models on your channel and the others as well. He really knows how to achieve challenging poses and work with the light to maximize the pose. If you decide to bring back these figure sessions, please hire him again.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.