Being a new dad with a full time job and many hours spent commuting, finding time to attend life drawing classes is difficult for me. The cost is also an issue although thanks to the $7 life drawing sessions at the Arthouse Hotel in Sydney, there is a cheaper alternative (and it doesn’t hurt to have a good scotch available while you sketch!)
It has meant I’ve had to be resourceful and find online tools. I’ve mentioned some great resources for life drawing in the past but there are many more I missed and they have been a big help to me recently.
Here’s my top five free online resources for all your life drawing needs:
This YouTube channel is a great resource. Each 30 minute video contains a series of still poses timed as though you were in a standard life drawing session. The poses are varied as are the models.
This is another YouTube channel but differs from New Masters Academy as it offers real time videos of models posing, not just still images. If you can play it on a large tv, it’s like attending a life drawing session and getting the best seat in the house. They have other playlists with 360 rotations as well if you find it useful.
I’ve mentioned this tool in the past and it still stands as my favourite. Apart from being free (although donations are welcome), the site allows you to choose gender, clothed or nude and has two modes: standard slideshow or class mode. You can even set the intervals for each image.
An assortment of short pose based and motion based videos. These are mostly behind the scenes videos of the making of the Art Models reference books.
There is a tumblr link as well, which has a few clips, stills and photos that might be useful http://artmodelsphoto.tumblr.com/
DeviantArt is well known for hosting a lot of erotic photography. Some of it is less tasteful but quite a lot of it is high quality nude photography and perfect for practicing life drawing.
Keep in mind images here are protected by copyright so if you plan to use any of them to create derivative commercial work, you should contact the photographer and / or model and get written permission to do so first.
I’ve saved you some time by linking what I think are the best profiles to watch (listed alphabetically). It’s a rather extensive list so hopefully you find it useful.
Mostly black and white photos. Lots of movement with dramatic lighting.
belovodchenko (lots of dynamic poses and lighting)
JeremyHowitt (super talented photographer)
Lestrovoy (great variety of poses)
melannc a model from the US. Lot of different photographers’ work on her profile
mickwag (lots of black and white shots and very dynamic poses)
Very well known and easily one of the most elegant nude models alive. Her talented husband David Charles takes most of her photos.
My favourite by far. I am a massive fan of Corwin’s work. His wife Nicole (below) is often featured in shoots. These two are the real deal dynamic duo.