Male life drawing, or figure drawing as it was once called, plays an important role in the development of an artist’s skill. Following are some reasons for this.
• Provides Insight into Human Anatomy – the body is one of the most complex objects that exists in the natural world and ancient artists used life drawing to observe and detail the elements of physical anatomy.
• Represent Movement – an artists needs to be able to create the impression of movement in an artwork and representing the body in motion can give important insights to an artist on how to do this.
• Studying the Human Body – this can help the artist create a realistic work that people can relate to. The body and its motion gives us important clues about the emotional states of the people depicted and life drawing helps an artist achieve this.