Visual Arts Centre

Many people who enjoy Drawing and Painting are intimidated by the idea of drawing the human body. The human body has so many curves and lines, everyone’s body is different but at the same time proportions are so important, and just a little difference can make a body look wonky and off. While there are many different body types in the entire human race, each human body has a base anatomy structure and functionality that applies to all bodies. Most of us are no medical students but as artists we can learn to observe how joints move, how far a body part can move, when can a certain tendon be seen, how do muscle, fat and skin move, fold or wrinkle. Here are somethings about the human body you can learn during Nude Life.

1. Body Proportions

The human body varies in shape and sizes but there are some base proportions that are relatively universal that will help you to construct a body that looks humanoid and functional. A simple example is how tall a human should be, when drawing an adult human, the general guideline used is 7-8 heads tall. Knowing proportions will help you to illustrate figures as you will know how to scale body parts relative to each other such as where the half-point of the body is or how the lower arm and hand are generally equal in length to the upper arm. Because we as humans spend our whole lives observing and seeing other humans, when we see a drawing of a human, it is easily recognisable to our eye if the proportions are wrong or unusual.

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2.Tendons & Bones

There are some tendons in our body that are only noticeable when stretched or pulled in a certain angle, some bones such as knuckles are also more prominent when the hand is in a fist for example. When you observe a live nude model posing, it is important to take note of when these tendons and bones are visible. Highlighting these parts of the body can help to give character and movement sense to your drawing, illustrating the tendons on a turned neck will show action and liveliness. Prominent knuckles can show the tightness of a clenched fist and portray the intensity of the subject’s emotions.


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3. Skin, Fat & Muscles

The body is made up of many different tissues that come in different textures that behave differently when stretched , pressed or squished together. Notice how a loose skin of a elderly’s hand wrinkles as compared to the chubby smooth fat hands of a baby that have big folds. Learning how to observe, place and shade these behaviours will help you define and characterise a body better and show the human qualities of your subject, a hand that is completely free of skin folds will appear to be synthetic and hard, whereas a hand that has has wrinkles at the joints and soft folds of muscle tissue and fat will look alive. Learning how different tissues behave will help people such as animators and character designers build figures, a fat person may have the same overall size as a muscular person however the areas of distribution and definition are completely different and identifying and knowing how to portray those qualities will help them to define the look and movement of a character.

Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.