Anatomy for Figure Drawing: Mastering the Human Figure

This is what you need to learn in order to draw figures like a pro and land that dream job.
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  • Lectures 65
  • Length 68.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 10/2013 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Do you want to be a professional comic artist, concept artist, or storyboard artist, etc?

Then you need to be able to draw the human figure quickly. Most artists can’t do this because …

They never learned Anatomy for Figure drawing.

My course teaches you anatomy for figure drawing in an easy to understand way, but don’t take my word for it.

Scroll down and watch some of the free lectures. I offer a few hours free so you can see that my teaching style is for you.

In this course, you will learn the basics of proportions, and how to simplify the skeleton. You will learn the draw the skeleton and learn where all the muscles attach, which is key to drawing figures from imagination. You will learn a simplified muscle map, simplified mannequin and more.

You will even learn how muscles change when in different poses. You will also learn where fat builds up, and all the different body types. This is the last and only anatomy for figure drawing and comics you will ever need. Money back guarantee, upheld by Udemy’s high standards.

I also have bonus videos, like how to draw breasts and a quick sculpting of the human video.

This is a huge course, but well worth the time. 65 hours, but ...

you are ready to draw figures like a pro, so simply scroll down and watch some of the free videos.

What are the requirements?

  • Pencil and paper, or any art program on PC or Mac.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To learn anatomy for the human figure.
  • Learn the skeleton.
  • Learn the muscles and where they attach so you can draw the figure from imagination.
  • Learn all about how to draw breasts and their mechanics, how they squish, attach, etc.
  • Learn to draw skin and fat, where fat builds up.
  • Learn to draw, heads, faces, hands, and feet.
  • Putting it all together. Learning specific parts of the body on motion, to better understand some more difficult muscles.

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner to advanced.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Proportions- Please Start Here

Get an idea what the course is about by watching this short intro.


In this lecture, we learn the proportions of the human figure. This is one of the most important features of the figure to learn, because if this is wrong, the whole figure will look wrong, no matter how nicely rendered.

0.00 Introductory concepts
15.30 Drawing your first proportion basic skeleton
Proportions 2: Pencil Lesson
11 pages

Here are many of the images created during the course. You can use them as references during the exercises.


Here are my Photoshop Brushes. Click here to grab the brushes

Section 2: Skeleton - The Important Foundations you must know

The skeleton is the foundation of the figure. It is what all the muscles attach to. You need to learn it in order to learn where the muscles attach to, and learning where the muscles attach is the key to drawing figures quickly from imagination, the key to creating awesome comic characters and video game characters, etc.

4:33 Draw the basic skull in proportion
5:18 Draw the Neck, Spine, Sternum
7:00 Draw the collar bones
10:05 Draw the Pelvic, Hip
12:40 Draw the Scapula
15:45 Do the quick exercise
24:00 Draw the Humerus bone on each side, i.e. upper arm bone
30:00 Draw the forearm bones, ulna and radius
34:56 Draw the basic hand bones - we get fully into hands later on in the course
41:20 Draw the femur, upper leg bone
47:00 Draw the lower leg bones, tibia and fibula
55:21 Draw the feet
104:20 Draw the rib cage
116:00 Draw the differences in the female skeleton

In this lessons, we move onto the back skeleton, of which, the most important part to learn is the scapula.

0:00 Draw skull, rib cage, scapula.
23:30 Draw the Pelvic bones
35:50 Draw the humerus, upper arm bone
38:00 Draw lower arm bones
51:00 Draw leg bones

The side skeleton is essential to understand how and why the figure looks the way it does in profile.


3/4 view will help you put it all together. This is the beginning of logically figuring out any pose from your mind.

Section 3: Muscles and where they attach - Needed to draw any pose from imagination

Now we get into all the muscles and where they attach. This knowledge will get you drawing the figure from imagination, but without having at least the basic skeleton down first, there is no way this information will help. The skeleton is the foundation for the muscles.


We learn about the pecks and where they attach to get the best understanding of how to draw this area of the body once we add skin.


Knowing the insertion points of the deltoid and triceps will greatly help with drawing the figure from mind.


The obliques can be difficult to learn, but the way I teach, you will get it in no time.


Back muscles seem difficult until you learn the very few muscles and where they attach. Suddenly, drawing back muscles from imagination seems easy.


We learn the thigh muscles and where they attach.


We continue to learn about the thigh muscles and where they attach.


We continue to learn about the thigh muscles and where they attach.


Really take your time with the forearms. They are complicated. They take time to master.


We continue to learn about the forearm muscles. This is the hardest part of the course, so take your time.


Learning the calves isn't as hard as the forearm, so the hardest part is out of the way. Now let's break down the muscles in the lower leg and where they attach.

Section 4: Structure of Man

This is the second most important lesson in the whole course. Please don't skip it.


Learning the mannequin, will help you see the figure quickly in 3D. You can then add the anatomy onto it.


We continue to simplify the 3D shapes of the human figure.

Section 5: How to Draw Hands, and Anatomy of hands

Hands are like learning to draw some alien figure. Seriously. They are hard, but these hand lessons will get you drawing hands like never before.


We continue to learn the hands, this time learning the few muscles in them. The skeleton of the hand and two major muscles make up the shape of the hand.


Adding skin to the hand is simple once you have mastered the skeleton and the few muscles.


Now that we know how to draw the anatomy of the hand, let's draw several poses of the hand, to learn more how it looks and works, so you can draw hand gestures and poses from your imagination.


Let's continue to draw more hand poses.


We are now going to draw some elegant hand poses.


And now for some final hand drawings to sum things up.

Section 6: Feet - The Anatomy of Feet

Feet aren't as difficult as hands, but they still might take a while to master.


The muscles of the feet are few, so we can relax a bit here and learn them.


We draw the feet from a few angles and poses.

Section 7: Skull, Head, and Face

You might not realize it, but learning to draw the skull is a very important foundation to understanding how to draw heads and faces from your imagination. You will be surprised how much better your faces and heads are after learning this.


Let's learn the sideview of the skull, so you can better your profile drawings.


I know that learning the skull seems tedious, but this is the last lecture for skulls.


And now we learn how to add the skin onto the face.


We draw different faces to learn more about the head.

Section 8: Adding on the skin

In this section, we learn how to draw skin. This is the final details you add to a figure.


Now we draw the skin on the profile view of the male figure.


Finally, we learn to draw the skin on the back view of the male figure.


We draw the skin on the female figure, both the front and side view.


We conclude with drawing the female skin from all views.


We learn the basic muscle map for the back view, then how to shade the skin. Adding skin onto the figure, drastically changes how the figure looks, so this is important to learn. However, it is not hard to learn how to shade the figure once you know the forms of the muscles.

Section 9: How muscles move and look when flexed, etc

Now we are going to go deeper into poses that are often hard to draw from mind because we never learned how the muscles look in those views, but if you keep in mind where the muscles attach, you can logically figure it out.


We are now going to learn how muscles change shape when flexed, stretched, etc. This is muscles in action.


We continue to learn muscles in action. Of important note here, we are going to learn how to draw the cords in the neck that we see when someone flexes their neck.


The elbow and knee can seem very difficult at first, so we go over them in more detail, like how they look when bent at different angles.


Finally, we go over how the torso looks when bent at different angles.

Section 10: Learn where fat builds up and different body types and how to draw them

There are many types of bodies, so to make your figures more diverse, we are going to learn all the body types, and how and where the fat builds up to create those body types. It isn't enough for a teacher to just say, here is this body type, and not explain how and why we get that body type. Once you understand the fat system and where fat builds up in the different body types, not only will you be able to draw all body types from imagination, but you will be able to invent new body types.


Yes, males also have more than one body type, because fat doesn't build up in the same proportions on every male, so in this lecture, we will learn all about male body fat.


We Will learn the different types of female bodies and where the fat builds up.

Drawing Heavy Set Figures in Pose
Section 11: Putting it all Together -- Drawing Poses

In this lecture, we are going to put all the knowledge we learned in this course and draw some figures in different poses, and all from imagination, without any references. We are going to create!


In this lecture, we are going to put all the knowledge we learned in this course and draw some figures in different poses, and all from imagination, without any references. We are going to create!

Drawing Awesome Poses 3
Drawing Awesome Poses 4
Drawing Awesome Poses 5
Drawing Awesome Poses 6
Section 12: Bonus Lessons
Bonus Video - Sculpting the Figure
This lessons shows how and why breast move the way the move and are shaped the way they are shaped, especially why they are shaped differently depending on the pose do to gravity. 

In this bonus video, I show how to draw the figure at different ages, from baby to adult.


This bonus video shows how to properly draw breasts in 3/4s view.


This bonus video gives tips that will help you draw breasts realistically.

Section 13: This is the end

A brief overview of everything we went through in the course. Thanks for watching.

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Instructor Biography

Neil Fontaine, Art Instructor-Comic Artist-writer

I'm a best selling author on Amazon for "How to Draw Awesome Figures."

I studied art at different schools, one of them being a community college in San Jose, Ca. Over the years, subjects in art finally clicked. I teach these subjects in ways that make it easy to grasp. It's hard to brag about myself, but students have written me emails saying how they have learned more from me than they did in art schools, art schools such as Academy of Arts in San Franscico. That blew my mind because it's supposed to be a great school.

I'm also a writer that has sold novels.

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