I started art college classes when I was in my teenage years. One of my classes was called Figure Drawing. I had no idea what that was. I assumed it was drawing numbers (figures). Although, that didn't make any sense.
My first class in figure drawing was a warm, fall day and being a new student, I went to class early. There weren't many people in the room yet but I saw an older man sitting on a stool with a robe on. As the class filled up with students and instructor, the man took his robe off. That was my introduction to Figure Drawing.
I had no idea at that time how much a part of my life figure drawing would be. Most of the paintings I've I've exhibited and sold are landscapes but back in my mind, figure drawing has always been my first love.
The big problem with drawing and painting naked people has always been models. It's hard to get people to pose. Over the years, I've sporadically joined groups to do life drawings and classes to have access to models.
In the past 2 years I've been doing drawing from YouTube videos. Finally, art has come to the internet. It's not perfect but it's better than nothing. Because of the videos, I've gotten back into it and am once again working on Naked People.