How To Draw People And The Human Figure For Beginners
Many people think that drawing people and the human figure has to be difficult and time-consuming.
In this lesson, I am going to show you that this doesn’t have to be the case at all. With the right instructions and a little practice, drawing people can be a very fun and fulfilling pursuit.
First thing first, in order to start drawing, you will need to have all the basic equipment. This includes pencils, drawing paper, pencil sharpeners, eraser, and that’s pretty much it.
Before you begin drawing anything seriously, I highly recommend you warm up your drawing hand by doodling on a piece of scratch paper first.
This will loosen you up and will make the process of drawing much more fun and not frustrating.
You can doodle in any way you like. Just remember to make big gestures with your arm as well as your hand.
The next step is to pick out a reference photo for you to draw.
Although it is much better for you to draw from real life, it is ok to start off by drawing from a photo.
As you gain more experience, you will gradually start drawing more and more from real life.
Look at your reference photo and make some quick note of it.
If you are drawing a human figure, get an idea of the basic structure of the pose. Notice the perspective that the figure is seen in.
Then use very light and broad strokes to make out the basic gesture of the figure.
You just want to capture the basic essence of the figure at this point so don’t worry too much about the details.
After you’ve done this, begin to build the figure using basic shapes.
For example, use an oval to represent the head, cylinders to represent the limps, and circles to represent the joints.
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After you’ve done this, you should have a basic manikin of the figure all laid out.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect. This is a skill and it will get better over time the more you do it.
Out it is time to fill in the detail for you drawing. This is where a little knowledge of anatomy will come in handing.
If you are not well versed in human anatomy yet, don’t worry. Just do the best you can.
And once you fill in the details, all you have to do next is add some shading to give the drawing a three dimensional look and you’re done. (To learn more about drawing portraits and faces, check out these articles: how to draw a face, drawing eyes step by step)