Sketch a Foreshortened Female Nude

Don't let foreshortening overwhelm you!
Free tutorial
Rating: 3.4 out of 5 (53 ratings)
5,149 students
58min of on-demand video

Learn to draw one example of foreshortened human figure
Learn to add volume to a figure using contour shading technique


  • Basic sketching using pencils or pens/inks


Do you find nude figure drawing as one of the intimidating topics?

Do you think a figure with severe foreshortening is next to impossible to draw?

Well, not anymore after this course!

In this course we will learn to draw a very foreshortened female nude form.

What we will cover?

1. Breaking down the figure into manageable shapes.

2. Penciling the nude female figure, handling foreshortening.

3. Final sketch using pens and brush pens (tips included in using graphite as well).

What materials will I need?

A blank paper and a pencil is the minimum you will need. If you happen to use technical pens and brush pens, excellent! If not, no worries, you can still do this sketch using pencils / charcoal pencils.

Who this course is for:

  • You should be interested in visual arts
  • You should be interested in drawing / painting human figures


You can Art!
Shirish Deshpande
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 617 Reviews
  • 13,510 Students
  • 9 Courses

Shirish is a self taught artist based in a very populous city called Pune, in a very populous country called India.

Shirish works in the thriving Indian software industry since nearly two decades. But his art is his main passion (apart from family, authoring and reading books, movies, scuba diving and adventure sports, not necessarily in that order).

Shirish has published several books on the topics of sketching, which have achieved bestseller status in various categories in the Amazon marketplace.

Shirish is actively involved in fine arts, graphic novels, animated graphic novels, and short film making, He woks in several media like pen & inks, watercolors, oil colors, acrylics and digital painting. He paints various themes like landscapes, figures, abstracts and urban sketches. He is an active member of the Urban Sketchers community.

Shirish regularly conducts workshops for sketching, and has participated in several exhibitions since 2016. His sketches and paintings are present in private collection in India as well as in other countries.

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