Author(s): Eddie Armer
Eddie Armer explains that life drawing is about learning to interpret the world visually through careful observation and freeing up the mind. He demonstrates various approaches to drawing from life and a range of techniques and disciplines. He begins by discussing pencil, ballpoint pen, wax crayons and charcoal as media. He then goes on to explain how to set up a model in a simple pose, and shows step by step how to produce a drawing in less than ten minutes. There are then a series of gesture drawings done in two minutes. There are chapters on line, the rhythm of line and tone and shading, scribble drawing, using charcoal and foreshortening, with exercises for the reader to try. There are four full step by step demonstrations, and finally there is advice on drawing faces, hands and feet.
After graduating from art school in 1975, Eddie Armer had a thirty-year career as a graphic designer, but during this time, life drawing was a routine practice for him. In 2005 he decided to give up his design career to concentrate full-time on his two great loves, music and art. Eddie formed the Tudeley Art Group in 2003 and has tutored and run many life drawing workshops in London, Kent and Italy (Tuscany) and at prestigious venues such as the Topolski Centre and the Courtauld Institute. His love of music, art and design have taken him to America, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Finland and Sri Lanka. Eddie lives in Kent.