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Croquis drawing is quick and sketchy drawing of a live model. The models are often nude, so the painter can study the behaviour of a human body at rest. PainterTool can be used for practicing this skill.

First, find a model photo you want to use. One way of finding photos is to browse the web, looking for photos of sculptures or other nude situations. Save images to your album, and use the PainterTool collection view to fetch it.

Spend a few minutes making the best drawing you can of the model photo. Remember that this is for practice, so you do not use PainterTool to adjust the sketch while doing this.

Concentrate on how the body parts relate to each other, and how the location of the parts compare horizontally and vertically. Find a vertical line and determine how the head and the feet are related to it. Recognize the shape of the negative spaces, like the space between the arm and the body.

When you are done, tap the yellow plus button to take an art photo of your drawing.

Drag, pinch and rotate the art photo until it matches the model photo as well as possible. Now you can see where your drawing differs from the model.

A croquis drawing may take anything from a minute to half an hour. When you are done, you can use the same model photo for another drawing, or use another.

Croquis is used for practicing how to draw what you see, which is where PainterTool will help you. The comparison will tell you if you are consistently making the head or feet too small or the legs too short.

Croquis is also used for learning which features to emphasize, and how to make your drawing come alive. This is something PainterTool will not help you with.

Study of the human body. Tap these images to open maps of significant artistic points.

Study the masters and other artists. Note where lines are thick and where they are thin. Note how the difference is used to give the impression of volume.

These are a few anatomy tips.

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