The Art & Science of Figure Drawing: VOLUME & STRUCTURE
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The Art & Science of Figure Drawing: VOLUME & STRUCTURE

Learn to Draw the Figure in Dramatic 3-Dimensions
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Created by Brent Eviston
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to draw the figure as a 3-Dimensional object occupying deep space.
  • How to combine basic volumes like the sphere, cylinder and cube, to create the more complex volumes of the figure.
  • How to incorporate volumetric drawing into more naturalistic drawings of the figure.
Requirements
  • It is highly recommended that students complete Brent's Gesture course before taking this course.
  • A solid foundation in drawing fundamentals including basic volumes, shading & measuring techniques.
Description

Volumetric drawing is an essential figure drawing skill that brings a dramatic sense of 3-Dimensionality to drawings. It does this by emphasizing the fundamental volumes of the figure. This technique has been relied upon for centuries and is still used by master artists and creative professionals today.

In this course we’ll be using a vocabulary of basic volumes: the sphere, the cylinder, and the cube. If you’re enrolled in this course you should already be comfortable drawing these volumes at various proportions and various orientations in space. We’ll be combining these basic volumes to create the more complex forms of the figure.

In this course we’re going to focus primary on geometric drawings of the figure. These geometric drawings are a powerful tool that will ensure that you see and draw the figure as a dynamic 3-dimensional object moving through space. Once you’ve learned how to draw the body geometrically, you’ll learn how to incorporate a dramatic sense of volume into realistic drawings by using dynamic mark making and descriptive contours.

To help you understand the volumes of the body, this course includes some unique projects. You’ll be led step by step through the process of creating anatomical models of some of the more challenging volumes of the body including the head and the rib cage. You can use these models as drawing and anatomical aids so you always have help understanding how these forms of the body operate in perspective.


This course includes numerous timed practice poses as well as downloadable still images of fully nude figure drawing models.


Because this course features photographs of fully nude models, it is important that you conduct yourself maturely and appropriately in the course.


This is an intermediate figure drawing course. It is highly recommended that you complete my Gesture course before taking this course.

Who this course is for:
  • Serious Figure Drawing students.
Course content
Expand 20 lectures 05:40:21
+ Introduction
20 lectures 05:40:21

This is a brief introduction to the course, how to use it, and what you need to know before starting.  The Orientation also introduces the Key Concepts.

Preview 10:21

In this first lesson, you'll be introduced to the rib cage which is one of the most important, but most misunderstood volumes of the human body.

Lesson 1 - The Shape of the Rib Cage
19:59

In this lesson, you'll learn, step by step, how to create two different models of the rib cage.  Fir this lesson you'll need an egg, a pencil, an eraser, scissors, tape and a printer to print the Rib Cage Pattern.  If you don't have access to any of these materials, I've provided images of the egg model of the rib cage for you to draw from.

Lesson 2 - The Shape of the Rib Cage Continued
19:58

Here you'll learn to see and draw the volume of the rib cage using visual cues on the surface of the figure.

Lesson 3 - Locating the Rib Cage
18:54
Lesson 3 Practice Reel Part 1
16:10
Lesson 3 Practice Reel Part 2
16:11

Here you'll be introduced to the basic volume of the pelvis and how to draw it from different angles.

Lesson 4 - The Shape of the Pelvis
16:05

Here you'll learn to see and draw the volume of the pelvis using visual cues on the surface of the figure.  You'l also learn how to connect the pelvis to the rib cage.

Lesson 5 -Locating the Pelvis
19:54
Lesson 5 Practice Reel Part 1
16:59
Lesson 5 Practice Reel Part 2
19:09

In this lesson, you'll learn to draw the basic shape of the head, along with the proportions of the face, as a 3D volume in perspective.

Lesson 6 - Proportions of the Head
16:35

Here you'll learn how to draw the head and neck from observation and how to connect these volumes to the rib cage.

Lesson 7 - The Head & Neck
19:38
The Head & Neck Practice Reel Part 1
16:07
The Head & Neck Practice Reel Part 2
16:10
The Head & Neck Practice Reel Part 3
19:00

Here you'll learn how to draw the volumes of the legs as well as ow to attach them to the pelvis.

Lesson 8 - The Volumes of the Legs
19:20

Here, you'll learn how to draw the volumes of the arms.

Lesson 9 - The Volumes of the Arms
19:17

In this lesson you'll learn how to draw the complex volumes of the hands & feet.  This completes the fundamental volumes of the figure.

Lesson 10 - The Hands & Feet
19:59

In this lesson you'll learn to pull everything together to create beautiful,, naturalistic drawings of the figure that incorporate what you've learned about volume.

Lesson 11- Communicating Volume Through Drawing
18:36
Congratulations on Completing the Course!
01:59