life drawing: figure & anatomical drawing

gesture, rhythm, drama, character, form

course description

By learning to see and draw the essential elements of gesture, rhythm and balance you’ll produce dramatic, characterful life drawings. As you develop these essential foundations, you will also learn to use different types of line to create a believable sense of form. 

  • Learn how to identify and capture key aspects of the figure
  • Build your drawings around the most important qualities of the pose
  • Develop a sense of visual rhythm in the figure
  • Use line to express form, energy and drama
  • Blend gesture with good proportion, intuitively

prior experience

None required.

equipment required


this course will be of interest to

This course is particularly suitable if you are just starting out, or want to improve the foundation of your observational and figure drawing Particularly suitable for animators, fine artists, illustrators, character designers, fashion designers, concept artists and architects.

course dates

This course runs from 9th of October every Wednesday between 6pm – 9pm for 6 weeks.

course price


course overview

session 1: 
Weight, gesture and proportion 

session 2:
Gesture and structure of the torso 

session 3:
Gesture and Structure of the limbs

session 4:
Rhythm of the pose

session 5: 
Line weight and variety

session 6:
Recap and revision


Chris Clements

Christopher Clements studied Fine Art Painting before going on to spend nearly four years studying Classical drawing and painting in Italy. The emphasis on working from the figure during this time underpins his work and gave him a deep understanding of figure drawing. He founded Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in 2013, teaching short courses in portraiture, figure drawing and painting as well as classical techniques. He currently splits his time between lecturing in drawing at the University of Salford, Northern Realist and producing his own work. He has exhibited widely including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

related courses

  • life drawing for animators

If you are interested in this course, but are unable to attend at this time. Please email us at


New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR