How to Improve Your Figure Drawing - Step by Step
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How to Improve Your Figure Drawing - Step by Step

Learn how to draw the human form like a professional with these fundamental step by step techniques.
4.5 (1,099 ratings)
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10,519 students enrolled
Created by Robert Marzullo
Last updated 5/2020
English
English [Auto], Portuguese [Auto], 1 more
  • Spanish [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Draw the human figure with more confidence and precision.
  • Create dynamic figure drawings quicker and more effectively.
  • Understand how to draw the various body parts from memory.
  • How to properly use Gesture to create more believable poses.
Requirements
  • Students will need a basic understanding of drawing and an open mind.
Description

This is a basic approach to figure drawing. This entire how to draw the human figure course is 7.5 hours.  I share techniques that I have used over the years to create comic book illustrations and storyboards for television.  You will learn how to systematically break down the various parts of the body into simpler shapes.  As I illustrate each area step by step you will follow along and learn from my studies.  This will give you insight into how I create my artwork and create poses from the mind.  I also share what techniques I use to improve my knowledge of the human form.  Things like gesture drawings, timed studies of the pose, negative space drawing, foreshortening, perspective, organic versus angular lines, and much more.  You will also be given a copy of the art files as a downloadable PDF that I have created here so that you can work along and study from them.  By the end of this course you should be more confident in constructing your figure drawings from the  mind and have a better understanding of the human form.

You will also learn how to draw Gestures of the body using methods such as CSI. Making use of action lines and timed studies to help you improve your drawing abilities. I am also very receptive to my students. So if you have any suggestions or questions I am here to help!

I have also included 6 lessons on drawing various hands poses.  You will learn what to pay attention to when drawing the hands so that they are more believable and expressive.

You also get the Bonus lectures on How to Draw and Shade Muscular arms. In those lessons I go over 3 different arm poses with various rendering techniques.

The tips and tricks from this course will make the process of drawing complex body poses much easier to accomplish.  Good luck with your art and I can't wait to see your progress!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for beginners that would like to take their character drawing a step further.
  • Artists that want to learn the fundamentals to Figure Drawing.
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 07:31:14
+ How to Improve Your Figure Drawing - Breaking Down the Form
13 lectures 03:31:54

In this introduction I will explain what you will learn and why I am confident in the process that I am teaching you.  I have been an illustrator for over 20 years.  I have worked creating comic book publications, storyboards, caricatures, and 3D animation.  This course includes some of that knowledge that I have gained along the way.  I will give you insight into how to improve your figure drawings with a basic approach. 

Preview 02:43

In this lesson we will cover breaking down the main parts of the body to the head, torso, and pelvic area.  Then we will work on the figure from there.  ( Note : I have also included my Digital Pencil Brushes for Sketchbook Pro and Clip Studio Paint users. Remember that your pressure settings on your device can vary from my own but theses are the brushes I use to draw with. )

Preview 17:35

In this lesson you will learn how to break down the arm shapes to effectively create your own poses more easily.  I will walk you through the process to simplify arm poses.

Preview 19:03

In this lesson you will learn how to break down the legs in a front view with basic shapes.  

Breaking Down the Legs - Front Side
17:09

In this lesson you will learn how to draw and break down the back of the legs.

Breaking Down the Legs - Back Side
14:52

In this lesson you will learn how to draw the torso using basic shapes for structure.

Breaking Down the Torso - Front Side
24:18

In this lesson we will create the back of the upper torso area.

Breaking Down the Torso - Back Side
18:38

In this lesson we will go over some techniques for drawing the body with foreshortening.

Drawing with Foreshortening Part 1
20:01

This is part 2 of the lesson on foreshortening.

Drawing with Foreshortening Part 2
19:17

In this lesson I will show you how to break down hands to simplify the drawing process.

Breaking Down Hands Part 1
11:42

This is part 2 of the lesson on hands.

Breaking Down Hands Part 2
15:48

In this lesson we will now start to draw the body in action.  You will learn techniques on how to further construct your poses.

The Body in Action Part 1
16:08

This is part 2 of the lesson on drawing the body in action.

The Body in Action Part 2
14:40
+ Additional Techniques to Improve Your Figure Drawings
8 lectures 01:01:06

In this lesson you will learn the importance of gesture drawing and follow along with me in a couple of examples.

Lesson on Gesture Drawing
04:46

In this lesson you will learn techniques on how to refine the pose.

Figure Drawing Lesson - Refining Your Poses
05:01

In this lesson you will learn the benefits of creating your studies by focusing on specific areas of the body.

Creating Studies of Specific Areas in Your Work
04:58

In this lesson you will learn how to create more dynamic poses by twisting the body.

Twisting of the Body
06:13

In this lesson you will learn about the "Line of Action" or "CSI" and how this benefits your figure drawings.

Line of Action - CSI
09:21

In this lesson you will learn some basic proportions of the human figure.

The Human Figure - Basic Proportions
12:33

In this lesson you will learn some techniques for mapping out the body when drawing with foreshortening.

Techniques for Foreshortening
10:41

In this lesson we will create an arm example with foreshortening.

Drawing an Example of Foreshortening
07:33
+ Drawing Hands
6 lectures 01:10:40

In this lesson we will draw the hand in a basic open pose with the palm facing up.  We will pay attention to the proportions and relationships of the knuckles.

Drawing an Open Hand Pose with the Palm Facing Up
11:04

In this lesson we will draw the open hand pose slightly angled and with a bit more expression.

Drawing an Open Hand Pose on an Angle
10:52

In this lesson we will draw a hand gripping an object.

Drawing a Hand Gripping an Object
12:57

In this lesson we will draw a hand pose that appears stressed or under tension.  This can be a very expressive pose for storytelling.

Drawing a Stressed Hand Pose
14:28

In this lesson we will draw a fist pose towards the viewer or camera.

Drawing a Fist Pose Towards the Viewer
11:36

In this lesson we will draw a fist pose on an upward angle from the viewer.  This will allow us to study the orientation that the fingers are in.  A common problem is to draw the fingers too flat or aligned to one another.

Drawing a Fist Pose on an Upward Angle
09:43
+ Drawing Female Arms
3 lectures 23:45

In this lesson you will learn how to draw a female arm pose.

Drawing Female Arms - Pose 1
10:02

In this lesson we will draw a female arm pose in a relaxed position.

Drawing Female Arms - Pose 2
07:10

In this lesson we will draw a female arm pose from a back view.

Drawing Female Arms - Pose 3
06:33
+ Drawing and Shading Muscular Arms
3 lectures 01:03:56

In this lecture you will learn how to construct a muscular arm and then apply stylized shading to it. You will learn how to cross hatch and feather the lines to round out the forms.

How to Draw and Shade Muscular Arms Comic Book Style Pose 1
27:07

These are the same techniques but with a different pose. You must draw the body parts from multiple angles to become comfortable with the shapes.

How to Draw and Shade Muscular Arms Comic Book Style Pose 2
20:19

This is the final arm pose using the same techniques as before to apply the shading.

How to Draw and Shade Muscular Arms Comic Book Style Pose 3
16:30
+ Q+A Section
2 lectures 19:53

Drawing characters from the mind is no easy task.  In this video you will learn some of the things that I practice to help me in this area.

Question 1 - How do I draw character from my imagination?
19:11
Bonus Lecture
00:42