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FAQ

The role of structure in drawing the figure, and why it’s not necessarily the best starting point.

It’s sort of a chicken and egg dilemma; you can draw a structure better once you understand it, but you can’t understand it until you can draw it. After decades of watching beginners struggle with constructing the figure as one might build a mannequin, with tubes and spheres - perhaps the most commonly prescribed method - I began considering a different approach: draw first, begin to understand, then draw again. This has been surprisingly effective when applied to individuals; this will be the first application in a group setting.

Other questions:

Q. Are the streaming workshops the same as the in-person ones?
Until the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, only streaming workshops will be offered. I've not yet figured out an effective way to offer a workshop without being present in the same room as attendees, so only untutored figure drawing sessions will be streamed.
Q. Is the Boots workshop family-friendly/appropriate for minors?
There is no nudity involved in that particular workshop—the model will be wearing a brassiere, panties, and tall boots—but for all others the model will be nude. Note that this is an intensive workshop with some fairly abstract concepts discussed; minors under 15 may find their attention wandering.
Q. Are these workshops appropriate only for beginners, or is some experience okay?
All skill levels are welcome. Just Draw the Boots is primarily for beginners, Figurative Landscapes is for advanced beginners, and Body Heat is for intermediate artists and beyond. Advanced artists may find some of the information overly simplified, but I believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit; with an open mind, every situation can provide new insights.
Q. May I arrive late or leave early?
Leaving early is fine, but arriving late will cause some disruption in the presentations and is discouraged.
Q. May I take the same workshops multiple times?
Absolutely. Because of the small class size, I can tailor the information to each person's skill level. In all cases, the ideas offered will only become more clear with repetition.
Q. Why have such beautiful models? Isn’t sexualizing the body contrary to the idea of figure drawing? Wouldn’t it be more effective to use a plain-looking model?
It’s true that figure drawing is not about sexiness, but traditional figure drawing classes are often fairly sombre affairs. By having a lingerie model striking familiar poses from her fashion modeling experience (in Boots, for example), I’m looking to lighten the mood and inject a little bit of fun. My hope is that the familiarity of it will alleviate some of the discomfort that would come from a fully nude model posing in more traditional ways. This is just a starting point.

To the question of beauty, though, there's no such thing as a "plain-looking model;" every human form is beautiful in its own way.
Q. What if one of the participants makes crude comments or otherwise acts inappropriately?
They’ll be asked to leave and their fee will be forfeited. We have zero tolerance for disrespect.
Q. What is your refund policy?
We offer a full refund up to 7 days before the class; 50% up to 3 days before the class. No refunds are available less than 72 hours before the class. In the case of an emergency preventing your planned attendance, your workshop fee may be applied to another workshop we’ll be offering.
Q. Do you offer private lessons?
Time allowing, yes. Contact me for information.