Speed draw: Draw a figure in under 3 minutes

Embarking on a speed draw is a great way to warm up your creative muscles. Any life-drawing sessions begin with a few short poses, usually around three minutes or less. However, it's useful to start every figure drawing in the ways shown in this workshop, regardless of how long the pose is. And there are many reasons for this.

Sketching quick poses provides a great warm-up for artists of all abilities, and will often give you an idea of the best way to proceed with the longer drawing sessions. It also identifies any problem areas that need to be worked on. Quick poses are great fun to do and collect together for future reference – you'll be amazed at how quickly your drawing improves. 

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Chris is obsessed with figure drawing and painting. He loves sharing great information on art, picture-making and topics like which paint brush to use.