There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum so I thought I would ask for some opinions....
I'm currently trying to get together a portfolio to submit to get accepted to a fairly well known art school (well known in Canada anyways.) The school basically wants people with strong life drawing skills -specifically good figure drawing and gesture drawing skills, but also real work locations. The school has fairly high standards so I'm trying to improve a lot.
I'm working almost full time hours - but I try to get in as much practice as I can. I'm also going to a college drawing class which is very good - but it’s only once a week for a few hours.
I've been looking into some books and two that sound promising are
Nicolades The Natural Way to Draw and
Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson
When I try and draw something from real life I find I get confused as to where lines should go and such - I can get the proportions down pretty good - but usually the drawing still doesn't look that great.
I already have Drawing the Right side of the Brain and found it helpful - but it would be nice to have a book with lots of exercises to do (which I know the Nicolades book has.) My only concern is that one of the reviews of the book on Amazon's site said that it was more for creating art that is shows 'inner expression' but wasn't really good for real life drawing.
So to summarize I'm hoping to improve my life drawing skills and create a successful portfolio (I have almost 7 months before I need it completed.)
Any information anyone gives me will be greatly appreciated