iPad Art School: Figure Drawing 101
Zoom Class featuring model Lael
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 9:45am – 12:15pm PT

“Amanda Playing Guitar”, 2020, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate

Draw from the model with art instruction. $45 for the two and a half hour class including the model fee. To register please click on link below and use the donation form to pay. Please note that the model will be nude and therefore this class is for students 18+ and for participation where the computer will not be seen by children under 18. No photography or screen capture.

Enjoy a structured Zoom figure drawing art class with instruction. This is part of an on-going series of monthly Zoom figure drawing classes featuring top-notch professional models. This class will train your eye, sharpen your observational skills and equip you with the technical and artistic experience to make the most of your iPad as an amazing art tool.


The general class structure is similar what I taught at the 2020 mobile Digital Art & Creativity (mDAC) Online Summit where we started with shorter poses in the first half and worked up to longer poses in the second half. I share a loose, gestural and expressive approach to drawing from the model and combine technical information and tips on how to use Procreate, with artistic ideas, suggestions and challenges.


Please note this is a guide only. The syllabus is subject to change.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM PDT – Settle In and Intro

  1. Welcome & Intro – Zoom Protocol – Speaker / Gallery View Practice – Pinning and Unpinning Practice

  2. Procreate Basics – Opening a new Canvas, Adding a Background, Working with Layers, Choosing a Brush, Picking Color, Replaying Your Process, Saving Your Work

Part 1: Shorter Poses – Gesture,
Line & Shape

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM PDT

  1. Gesture Exercise (15 x 1 minute poses with different limitations called out every three poses)

  2. Positive/Negative Shape Exercise (2 x 5 minute poses)

  3. Instant Exhibitions throughout, where everyone shares their drawings in Gallery View – opportunity for Q&A and feedback

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM English-Style “Tea Break“(get your tea ready) during which we look at each other’s work over a cup of tea and discuss what we learned from the gesture poses.

Part 2: Longer Poses – Composition & Form

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

  1. Framing and Blocking Out Main Value Blocks Against Mid-tone Background Exercise (1 x 5 minutes)

  2. Framing and Blocking Out Main Value Blocks Against Mid-tone Background Exercise, Starting with Highlights (1 x 5 minutes)

  3. Final Long Pose – All Skate Exercise (1 x 20 minute)

  4. Instant Exhibitions midway and at end, where everyone shares their drawings in Gallery View – opportunity for Q&A and feedback

12:00 PM – 12:15 AM PDT – Round Up, Review and Wrap

Our model will be Lael. Here’s her info:

The model in July was Amanda. Here’s her info:

Class Preparation Instructions

  1. All instruction will be using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2 and Procreate app. If you are using an iPad and Apple Pencil please make sure they are both fully charged for class.

  2. Install the latest version of the Procreate app on your iPad. If you already have Procreate make sure you have updated the app.

  3. For greater range of brushes, I recommend visiting my iPad Art Tools page and purchasing the recommended Procreate brush sets mentioned on that page.

  4. Go to the App Store and update all apps to be sure you’re current.

  5. Go to Settings / General / Software Update and make sure you have the latest iOS.

  6. Make sure you have updated your Zoom app to the latest version. If you’re not familiar with Zoom please visit Zoom 101 for an explanation and guide.

  7. Take photographs of a a variety of drawing papers and other surfaces (not drawn on, though they can be dirty, distressed, messed up and have torn edges) of various colors and values (lightness/darkness). The more uniform the lighting on the surface the better. You can use your phone to take the pictures but transfer them (via AirDrop if you’re using an iPhone) to your iPad once taken. As an advanced option we can open up or import these photographs as backgrounds over which to draw.

  8. Open this Padlet url on your iPad browser and practice adding an image saved in your recent photos (Camera Roll) on your iPad. To do this double click anywhere in the Padlet or click on the “+” symbol in the lower right. Then click on the photo symbol (looks like mountains) and upload an image from your photos. Type in your name in the title and click “Post”. Once you’ve tested adding an image to the Padlet then please delete it by clicking on the three small dots in the top right of the post and choose “delete”.

Caran D’Ache Neocolour II water-soluble wax oil pastels over acrylic wash on paper, 36″ x 24″

Drawing from the model is the way artists have honed their drawing skills for thousands of years. This workshop follows a semi-traditional structure, with short gesture and moving poses early on to warm up with and then progressively longer poses. We’ll explore gesture, shape, movement, value, composition and the use of positive and negative space.

Your instructor, Jeremy Sutton, has been life drawing for over thirty years and will be sharing his insights and expressive approach to drawing the model. This is a class that all levels of drawers can benefit from. The workshop is run “British-style” which means there is a tea break in the middle!

This class is run remotely on Zoom.

Do I need any training or experience in drawing or painting?

No prior art experience is needed. Jeremy teaches with encouragement, patience and enthusiasm. All you need is an open mind and willingness to explore.

Small Class Size

The class size will be kept a maximum of approximately twelve students.

Students must be 18 years or older. No photography, screen capture or videography by students is permitted in this workshop. Please note the registration is final and non-refundable. If you find you unexpectedly can not make it, then the value of the registration payment can be applied to a later class or workshop or any other product or service offered on PaintboxTV®.

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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