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How To Draw People And The Human Figure For Beginners

Drawing People Step By Step

Many people thing that draw people and the human figure has to be difficult and time consuming.

In this article 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 equipments. 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.

How To Draw People Realistically

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 verse 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)

Quick Tips And Drawing Techniques For Beginners

How To Draw For Beginners – Some Quick Drawing Tips

Tip 1: Your sketch book is your best friend. Get a good one and stick to it. Bring it everywhere you go and take it out when ever you have a chance to draw. Practice makes perfect and the sketch book will allow you to practice as much as possible.

Tip 2: Smudging and blending are useful art techniques but don’t over use them. Doing so can make your drawing look really dirt and messy.

Tip 3: Do not throw away your old drawings. Ever. They will become your best friend when you become a better artist and want to look back on your progress. It is also great to be able to look back on your drawings over the years and see how far you’ve come.

Tip 4: Focus on the subject more rather than focusing on your drawing. Most of your attention should be on the subject and the drawing should almost be a second thought. Once you become more experienced this will come more naturally.

Tip 5: However you choose to hold your drawing pencil, make sure that you do not put too much pressure on it and hold it too tightly. Keep it loose and flowing. (Check out this tutorial on drawing eyes)

Tip 6: Practice drawing you subject using only contour lines without and shading.

Tip 7: There is a shading technique called hatching. It’s basically a bunch of diagonal lines drawn close together. This can be very useful for adding shade to your drawing. (Learn how to draw noses)

Tip 8: Try to use tone and value when you draw rather than hard lines. This will make your drawing look more realistic.

Tip 9: Try an exercise where you just look at a subject while you draw it without looking at your drawing paper. This will teach you to let go of self judgment and also train your hand to be more connected to what you see.

Tip 10: Another great way to train yourself is to flip a picture upside down and try to draw it. This will force you to forget what you think you know about a picture and draw exactly what you see.


10 Quick Pencil Drawing Tips And Techniques

Beginner Drawing Tips

Tip 1: Drawing from real life will help you improve much faster. So when ever you can, try to draw from life instead of a photograph.

Tip 2: Trying to draw every single details of a drawing will give your viewer too much information to take in. Some time less can be more. Just pay attention to the critical lines in the drawing. (Learn how to draw lips)

Tip 3: Don’t feel like you have to complete the entire drawing in one session. If it helps, you should try to break up your drawing into multiple sessions and work on it in different stages.

Tip 4: Don’t be over critical of yourself or try to critique your drawing before it is completed. Your worse enemy is not your “lack of skill”, it is the likelihood of you giving up. Don’t be so hard on yourself. (Learn how to draw a portrait)

Tip 5: If you are a beginner, don’t try to draw anything that is too complicated as that might discourage you and cause you to give up. Just start with something simple and gradually work your way up.

Tip 6: When drawing a particular object, try to forget your previous experience of it. Just try to see what is in front of you and draw that. Don’t let what you think you know about something effect your view of it.

Tip 7: Lighting is very important when it comes to producing great looking artwork. Make sure the room you work in has good lighting. Natural light is best but if you do not have access to natural light, try to see if you can invest in some artificial light stands.

Tip 8: Practice using newspaper print sketching paper. It’s inexpensive and great for practice.

Tip 9: Maintain your pencil and drawing materials. Keep your pencil sharp most of the time. Your drawing will look better and you’ll have more fun using them.

Tip 10: Some artist forgets this, but you can use the weight of the pencil as a way to add light or dark to your drawing. Practice varying the weight that you put on your drawing pencil. When you become skilled at this, it can become a drawing technique in and of itself.

Life Drawing Vs Drawing From Photographs – Learn To Draw From Life

When trying to learn how to draw it is important that you pick a subject that will both challenge you but at the same time is not so hard that it discourages you. So the question is,

“What kind of drawing subject should you focus on?”

The answer is to draw things that you are familiar with. But draw them in a different and more challenging way.

In addition, you should try to draw single objects in isolation instead of trying to tackle an entire scene. Just pick something from your house and start drawing it as best you can.

Should you draw from life or from photograph?

Whenever possible, you should try to draw from life as it will give you the best result and you will improve much faster.

However, this can be difficult for people who are beginners, so it’s fine to start drawing from photos first. Just make sure that you eventually transition to drawing from life.

One thing that will help you to connect to the photo that you are drawing better is to take the photograph yourself.

But once you are comfortable with drawing from photos, it’s time to switch to drawing from life.

When drawing from life, try to view the object from an angle that you are not used to. This will force you to really observe the object instead of relying on your memory.

A great place to start is your own hand. It’s always available, easily in sight, and can be positioned in all sort of different positions.

Here are some more ideas to help you practice your life drawing:

- If you are used to draw slowly, try drawing very quickly. That will put you out of your comfort zone. And if you draw quickly, try drawing slowly for a while and see what you can pick up.

- Keep challenging yourself and try drawing in styles that you might not have consider. You don’t have to adopt it forever, but at least try it out.

- Try drawing moving objects, like people or animal, as this will force you to observe quickly and capture the essence of the subject quickly.

Now all that’s left to do is practice, practice, and practice some more. For more drawing tutorials, check out these articles: how to draw a portrait, how to draw lips, how to draw a nose, how to draw eyes.


How To Draw Lips Step By Step

Drawing Lips Step By Step Tutorial

NOTE: This tutorial on how to draw lips is brought to you by “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery Home Study Course“.

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Drawing Mouths – Shading And Shadows

Being able to draw lips is one of the most important skill of being a portrait artist. Next to the eyes the lips are the most expressive parts of the face.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how I draw a realistic set of lips for my portrait drawings. This lesson picks up on the foundation that we’ve set in the first tutorial on drawing the basic outline of your portrait, so if you haven’t gone through that lesson yet, you can check it out here: Step 1 of drawing a portrait.

If you’d like to learn more about drawing realistic portraits, check out Christopher Sia’s popular drawing course, “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery Home Study Course“.

It has detailed step-by-step instructions to help you draw life-like portraits of people, even if you are a complete beginner. He also has a lot of free lessons, so check out http://pencilportraitmastery.com/

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