Thursday, June 9, 2011

Figure drawing with Robert Liberace

I was thrilled today to get a new dvd featuring artist Robert Liberace.  It's an instructional figure drawing demonstration called "Figure in Motion," in which Liberace does two drawings, side by side, of the same figure in a slightly different pose.  The idea is to create a drawing that is done from a pose, but appears as a figure in motion caught in a moment in time (if that makes sense). 

I highly recommend Liberace's dvd's for the serious art student or anyone wanting to improve their drawing skills and understanding of the anatomy of the figure.  Although, beware, it is not a cheap dvd and for many it can be considered a bit outrageous that Liberace charges $85 + shipping for his dvds from his website.  I was fortunate enough to find my copy of this particular dvd on Ebay for only $25.  If they are ever available by that means, then I would obviously recommend that rather than the full $85 retail.  However, they did seem pretty popular.  The ebay seller had about 5 of these dvds starting at $25, and after quite a bidding frenzy on a couple of them, they sold for $58-$65.  The seller sold all of them, and made quite a killing. 
But the instruction and demonstration that Liberace gives is great, and the full drawing demonstration is filmed almost completely without editing, down to every tedious detail.  This is by no means a short, 30-minute Bob Ross program.  Here is a short clip from this particular demonstration:

Happy drawing and painting, and I will be back soon with an update on what I've been working on.