Lately I’ve felt dissatisfied with my drawing skills – it seems as though I don’t really know what I’m doing sometimes. I go to a life drawing class but the teacher, while an excellent draftsperson herself, isn’t very good at explaining what went wrong when a drawing doesn’t work out. She seems to see it all as sort of a spiritual experience, and will make comments like, “there’s not enough mystery in this“, without any further explanation (even when pressed). So, while surfing around on the web a couple of weeks ago, after googling “life drawing”, I stumbled upon a site by a guy named Riven Phoenix. Several blogs about art had hailed his dvds on figure drawing as better than any instruction they’d had in art school – it seemed ok, and he was selling five dvds for 45 US dollars, so what did I have to lose? A quick click on a paypal link and it was done. Hmm, he didn’t even ask for my address… but when I emailed him with my concerns he assured me that it was ok, he’d gotten my address from paypal and my order was on it’s way. It arrived in a little over a week, which is record time for a transatlantic delivery like that. Then I couldn’t get them to work – I emailed Riven with my concerns, and he promptly provided tech support. It was easy – my son later told me that I’m the one who’s incompatible with technology. And I’ve been slaving away ever since. This stuff is hard! He gets into precise descriptions of proportions and angles, and urges you to commit them to memory as quickly as possible. I’m only on lesson 14, out of 178 I think, and I’ve already learned so much – but I’ve really had to work. I don’t know if the whole course will be as useful as this beginning part. Anyway, if you have time to kill and are interested in some excellent information, I urge you to check out his website – the first 19 lessons are available there for free.