After getting back into figure drawing while in Austin a while ago, and seeing how helpful gestures are, I realized I needed to step my figure game up. My solution was saving a folder of "artistic nudes" off of DeviantArt (there's literally thousands of great photos, although you'll have to sift through some odd ones) and playing them in timed increments through my computer's slideshow function. I love it! It's not quite drawing from life, but I am able to draw from poses that a live model would not be able to hold.

The top row is 4 minutes gestures, with the next row 3 minutes, the next 2, etc. I've been looking a lot at Mucha's drawings lately. Speaking of Mucha, his popular "design-based watercolor" pieces are cool and all, but his drawings and oil paintings are where it's at!

take care,


Aaron Rossell Illustration said...

That's some serious game-up-stepping. Thanks for the tip on the site, I had used before but this is a great idea. Keep up the incredible work dude!

Betsy Bauer said...

Wow, what a great solution! I had never thought to use deviantArt's stock photos as a resource for figure drawing. I'll be using this this summer!

Kendra Melton said...

Nice sketches!
Mucha's Slav Epics are amazing! Very underrated.

Chris Whetzel said...

Gonna have to steal that slideshow idea, and I agree: Mucha's strongest aspect is his drawing skills.

Unknown said...

Those gestures are completely awesome. I mean... AWESOME.

as a total aside, your blog/comment design is kinda ehhhh -- too much looking, hunting, clicking to get to be able to comment. That's just my opinion though :P

Oliver Dominguez said...

Nice figure drawings man!! And YES, MUCHA! is awesome, love his oil paintings.



Phong Nguyen said...

Right on man. Slav Epics can't be top.

Anonymous said...

Great drawings, as always, Francis. In regard of Mucha, I have several books on him, and if I have to pick up just one, that would be this
(for its sheer size and the number of large repros)

francisvallejo said...

Thanks everyone!

Valentino: That book looks great! Thanks!

Jennifer: behind the scenes things are preparing to be re-launched :)

Scott Allen said...

I love the idea of the slideshow, and your figure studies are looking fresh. Mucha's plant studies are a marvel and you see how he incorporates his understanding of nature in his work. So good and timeless...

Jesse Winchester said...

Sweet mother of Sargent, Francis!

These are incredible. Youve inspired me to up my commitment to figurative work. After seeing these I tweaked my schedule to get more life drawing in. Even tried my hand and watercolour life drawing....Check out my blog and let me know what you think if you have time....

Keep at it dude!
FREEEEKin great stuff dude!

Antoine Ozanam said...

Hello Francis,
Everytime I saw your blog, I think : We must work together !
Your job is verry cool. Bravo.

Tom Scholes said...


Tiffany prothero said...

These are beautiful Francis!
Thank you for posting the Mucha link, there are some paintings posted I have never seen before, Gorgeous!:)

Unknown said...

Nice work! You nail the anatomy without losing the gesture.

Chrissie A said...

These sketches are just beautiful! And what a great idea, using dA photos in a slideshow. Will be trying that!

Pollock said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect !

Marcelo Vignali said...

Fantastic idea, fantastic sketches.

George Cwirko-Godycki said...

nice figures!

olgastern said...

Love all your work and the painters you are posting for inspiration. I like the earth a fragile environment one below.
You are a very talented dude!

francisvallejo said...

Thank you everyone!

JMart said...

Sick gestures as per usual dude.
gonna have to agree with Kendra too on the Slav Epics. His figure work is insane. Im pretty sure he was a robot sent from the future.

Marcos Mateu said...

Very nice sketches, gracious lines!

Unknown said...

Hey Francis! is my first visit at your blog, man, what a talent! these nude drawings are great! congrats!

By the way, if you have time, I invite you to take a look at my blog and give me your comment, I really appreciate it a lot! thanks!



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