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Life Drawing With Light And Shadow

Life Drawing With Light And Shadow

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Roger Gill


Drawing from the life model over a four day period, this course will teach you to draw with more confidence, understanding and skill - all achieved through acute observation and understanding of light and form. We will explore different light qualities on the model and you will investigate how light and shadow can really help you to see and explore the volumes in the human figure in a deeper way, allowing the form to lead you to the line.

Topics covered

  • Throughout the week we will cover the basic principles of light theory and shadows, how shadows are formed, how they work and how they define the form.
  • You will gain a better understanding of how contrast and discerning mark making can set the mood in a drawing, as well as gaining solid drawing techniques
  • The course will touch on aspects of perspective and foreshortening and shadow casting. We will start with a series of short poses to 'free up the hand' and learn to draw with economy and speed, building up to longer poses, with the last pose being held over a day for a more considered piece of work.
  • Level: This course is suitable for all levels.

    Entry requirements: No previous life drawing experience is required.

    Who should take this course?

    The course will be particularly useful to students familiar to life drawing wishing to deepen their practice and experiment and learn within a structured framework.

    Anyone interested in learning how to drawing from the model, a unique practice that is incredibly challenging, exciting, intense and hugely rewarding.

    Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

    Tutor Description

    Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.

    To view Roger's work see


    Materials will be discussed on the first day

    • Basic drawing materials will be provided for the week including papers, charcoal, conte sticks and pencils, graphite, and white pastel/chalk.
    • You do not need to bring any materials on the first day, however you may need or want to purchase some more materials as the course progresses, which will be discussed at the start of the course.
    • Students are welcome to bring their own preferred drawing media and papers or sketchbooks if they wish to
    • You will be working mostly on toned papers which will be supplied, but you can also bring your own preferred coloured papers such as canson pastel papers or similar (neutral earth/grey tones being more suitable)

    Available dates

    If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.