Will Westons online drawing class
I started doing Will Weston’s online classes A few people here have asked me to share what I’m learning. So here it is!
He has 3 classes on the drawing america website
2 of them are anatomy
1 is a composition class
So far i just started one of the anatomy classes.
I’ll post my photos but my photos are essentially messy notes but ill share what I’ve learned so far.
Number 1 was how to hold a pencil differently. I was messing around with different ways he shows and already have an improvement in how I make lines and shapes.
The 8 head figure and how to actually use it when drawing figures. He breaks down the general measurements and is constantly saying everyone has variations and the 8 head figure isnt a rule, it’s a starting off point to take the guessing away so when you’re drawing the decisions youre making are “this is longer this is shorter” in relation to the figure You’re seeing. My torso drawing skills have already improved drastically. As well as figuring out how long to make the neck! Man i struggled with that for so long..
He says he does a lot of 5 minute poses because a lot of his students worry too much about finishing the drawing when they should be focusing in seeing and practicing the measurements.
I also noticed I dont do a good job of drawing from my shoulder so I’m trying to nail a few things down simultaneously with this course.
Something he said that really helped me understand how to approach learning was you get better by starting over constantly. So I did the 8 head figure maybe 30 times now and can now do it from memory (whether it looks good is a different story)
Im experimenting with the Progresso woodless pencils which feel really nice and are really cheap. They are very “sketchy” which im not used to, i try to sharpen them to keep the lines neater and im trying to draw softly but it seems like im still getting used to the new grip.
Ive rewatched the first 3 of his videos maybe 10 times and am starting to get the hang of it.
Here are some messy photos!
I managed to get to here from memory
@Aleksey Proko said in the Gesture Class to add knowledge of anatomy slowly. So this week I think I will learn a bit about hip and torso anatomy to aid me. Yours are looking good especially from memory.
@Heather-Boyd thanks! I tried to apply this method to a sitting person and it didn’t look as great as I had hoped but it definitely looked better than my old figure drawings
Heres more messy notes and poses from memory!
I learned how to do hips better and found a nice pencil/grip balance.
Also if people have questions i will try my best to answer them.
@Aleksey two parts I struggle with that I’d like to solve is:
- How hips connect to legs
- How to properly show bearing weight leg
@Heather-Boyd oh good questions! I think i can show you (maybe) once I get home tonight from work ill try to do a litttle demo thing and post it on here.
Hope this mess is helpful.
Top goes over the hip area first
Bottom attached legs
@Aleksey thanks I’ll take a look tomorrow.
Who knew the back was so tough to draw! Getting there