Life Drawing – Creative Tone

Using tone decisively and creatively can give so much dimension and depth to your work. It is one of the key ingredients for creating the illusion of 3D, and can be an exciting part of your approach to drawing.

For many of us though, we fall back into half-hearted approaches to mapping out tone, using smudges or crosshatching, where we’re not really sure about what we’re trying to achieve.

In this session I will encourage you to explore a range of approaches to creating tone, and to understand some of the conventions, and how to flip them. For beginners and intermediate life drawers, it will grow your palette of observation skills while stretching your thinking about tone.

My life drawing classes are always warm, engaging and rewarding. I provide an encouraging environment, so even if you are really sure you can’t draw you will be pleasantly surprised.

Session outline

  • Inspiration for creative tone
  • Theory, techniques and tips
  • Demonstrations and practice
  • Playful ‘musical chair’ spaces for experimentation
  • Life drawing for two hours with a model


Saturday 1 February 2020, 1-4pm


$45  ($40 tuition plus $5 materials levy)

Please check the payment and cancellation policy

The Venue

Bunya House Arana Hills.When you complete the registration form below, I’ll send you the address and a map and respond to any questions you may have.

What should I bring?

Easels and drawing boards are provided.There are also some card tables for those who prefer to work flat. In this workshop, I will be providing some materials to experiment with, but please also bring your own regular materials and paper. Here’s a suggested list of drawing materials for those just starting out. I have some backup A2 paper which I sell at cost:.30c/sheet.


Please tell me if you are left or right handed(required)

What do you prefer?

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