- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
- Format: DVD Audio | 1 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 188mm x 13mm | 113g
- Publication date: 11 January 2008
- Publication City/Country: Ramsbury
- ISBN 10: 1847970109
- ISBN 13: 9781847970107
- Sales rank: 245,249
"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.
Bridget Woods is an internationally acclaimed artist and a widely respected teacher. In this double DVD, you can see her work recreating the models on paper and explaining the processes throughout. She is the author of Life Drawing: a journey to self expression. Also published by The Crowood Press.
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"Despite the human body being one of the most familiar forms to all of us (at least we know where all the bits belong!) it can be a challenging struggle to accurately capture and transpose that 3-D form into a two dimensional image.
Bridget Woods Life Drawing - techniques in action does exactly what it says on the label. From the very first exercise were "taking off and landing" our charcoal across the paper building a dynamic image with techniques to ensure that from the top of the head to the tip of the toes well get the whole image onto our paper.
This extensive DVD " in fact, 2 DVDs " provides almost three hours of apparently effortless presentation, creative ideas and techniques and enthusiastic demonstration in ten complementary sections.
Overall, this DVD is about enjoying the life drawing learning process with a free and easy, open and expressive approach. Ms Woods skilful, personable delivery reminds us that our real challenge is to trust our eye (not our brain) and to develop our looking habits " essentially, team building for the eye, brain and hand. How else are we to reassure our brain (which of course, knows better) that the chin is in fact half way between the feet and top of the head! (See the section on Negative Shapes)
She reminds us that abseiling hopefully down the contours and edges of the body will invariably lead to our arrival at the bottom of the page still needing room for the knees and feet. The techniques presented here will help you get the proportions right, put all the bits in the right place and importantly, get it all to fit the paper youre working on!
Bridget Woods relaxed presentation style is most engaging and reassuringly full of instructional value and confidence building techniques in the face of challenging poses. Having dipped into this DVD a novice, with charcoal and paper could confidently face their first life model.
The great thing about this DVD is that it works at many levels:
1. giving absolute beginner a confident base from which to explore life drawing and encourage many reticent beginners to enrol or participate in organised life classes;
2. providing the intermediate student with exciting techniques to build on and hone existing skills
3. for the proficient life artist looking to explore a more expressive approach to the subject.
Above all, this is exciting, inspiring and invaluable source material for art teachers. Whether used straight from the can with students or as background material from which to introduce and develop a life drawing programme " this DVD should be made available in every art studio, in every school and college in Britain.
Bridget Woods has produced an excellent DVD which makes the whole subject of life drawing much more accessible - whatever your level of skill or aspiration.
I think you can tell that I was inspired by it!