Life Drawing

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There is a long tradition of visual artists drawing directly from the human figure as a means of developing skills and concepts.


These drawings from Dennis Bryans’s sketchbooks demonstrate how the artist has employed proportion,composition and mark making to communicate his response to each subject. The drawings also provide insights into the artists thought processes, as some show fragments, some observe fleeting moments, and others again reveal detailed investigation.


It is readily apparent that sustained practice and intense concentration are required to produce drawings of thisnature. Those with a particular interest in the visual arts often have a high regard for an artist’s drawings because of the direct impulse and raw skill this art form requires.


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Costume Drawings by Dennis Bryans.

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10 Responses to “Life Drawing”

  1. Ian Wells says:

    Its great to see these drawing by Dennis , then to see the painting
    As someone who has never seen his work before, the drawings are great help in allowing me as viewer to delve into the painting.
    For many artists the fact that life drawing is a practice or learning exercise that is often very different from their main practice makes their drawing all the more intriguing.
    The relative simplicity of intent that life drawings seem to have, allows them to to be easily seen in a way that the observations, thoughts,decisions, priorities and even difficulties that the artist has are more clearly observable than in a more major piece.
    I long for the day when artists works will be hung with a few life drawings as the introduction rather than the wordy, confused curatorial notes that often greet us in galleries. Great work Dennis

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  5. Louise Purtell says:

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