Drawing the Human Figure
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Drawing the Human Figure

Learn various drawing techniques and skills to become an amazing Figure Drawing artist today!
4.3 (64 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
681 students enrolled
Created by Lesile Scott
Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • draw the human figure with multiple techniques
  • identify the horizon line in a scene or location
  • understand the power of light
  • use the shadow around the human figure effectively
  • draw from life
  • sketch quickly from moving objects like people walking
  • draw the human body from the imagination
  • identify the negative space around an object or the body
  • create a drawing from scratch with or without a model
  • get into the healthy habit of drawing consistently
  • find the most powerful position for the subject you are drawing
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  • paper to draw on
  • pencil, pen, charcoal or drawing tool of your choice
  • a positive and open mind to learn

This Figure Drawing course is designed to help you develop your powers of observation and equip you with multiple techniques to become the best artist you can be. It was inspired by the website I run called FigureDrawingCourses dot com, which is designed to help people learn how to tap in to their inner artist through life drawing.

This Udemy course features lectures that will teach you about: choosing perspective, the power of the pose, symmetry, finding the horizon line and much more. We will be focusing on how to draw various parts of the human body. This course is a bit unconventional because as we go through each body part I will also be teaching you different drawing techniques at the same time to keep it fun, interesting and educational.

The various techniques covered in this course include: gesture drawing, sketching and scribbling, line drawing, tonal simple lines and some great lectures on illustration techniques to learn comic book drawing.

For aspiring artists who want to draw the human body as realistically as possible, I will be covering in detail the importance of shadows, shape, negative space, the power of using light effectively, shading and rendering.

Also, at the end of the course there’s a 14 day challenge designed to encourage you to get into the habit of drawing every day. One of the biggest mistakes that artists make is not getting to work. My job is to get you excited about drawing and to equip you with the skills, tools and techniques that will help you to tap into the amazing artist that is within you.

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Who is the target audience?
  • aspiring artists
  • people who want to learn to draw
  • artists who want to understand the human body
  • people who love art
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:31

The introductory video explains that this course is designed to equip you with multiple drawing techniques and will train you to use your powers of observation.

Preview 01:31
Section 2: Understanding the power of perspective, the pose and symmetry.
3 Lectures 17:11

This video explains the importance of translating the world around us and how to effectively interpret it on paper. Observing angles, understanding the position of objects and being aware of your position in relation to your subject you are topics that will be discussed.

Choosing Perspective

When you have chosen a model or subject to draw, it is very important to be aware of the pose and essence of the visual statement you are making. Choosing the proper pose can sometimes be a very powerful decision in conveying energy and emotion in life drawing. This video explains the difference between weak and strong poses.

Power of the Pose

Symmetry exists in nature in many different objects including the human body. This video explains the power of having a symmetrical image that is pleasing to the eye. Very simple objects that contain symmetry can end up becoming very beautiful drawings. Understanding the secrets of symmetry and simplicity can take your artwork to another level.

Symmetry and Simplicity
Section 3: Understanding Foreshortening and Identifying the Horizon Line
3 Lectures 40:41

This video teaches the importance of drawing a proportional image with foreshortening. A common mistake that artists make is drawing objects, that are supposed to be close up, too small or too big. This video will help you to effectively draw an object realistically with the proper proportions and with the correct perspective.


This video will teach you how to find the true horizon line of an image or scene you are capturing. We will discuss a technique that will equip you to create an environment or landscape that has the proper horizon line so that the scene makes sense to the viewers eye.

The Horizon

This video teaches us how to apply our horizon line dimensions to objects within a scene. For example, when we create a landscape, each object's dimensions and proportions can be drawn accurately according to this technique. Understanding how to create objects in relation to the horizon line will ensure that you end up with a composition that is pleasing to the eye and makes sense.

Horizon Line and Surrounding Objects
Section 4: Anatomy - Understanding Skin, Muscles and Bones
3 Lectures 41:34

Skin, the largest organ of the body, plays a critical role in the process of interpreting the human figure in drawing. Understanding the way skin reacts to the various muscles and bones underneath is vital to creating effective figure drawings. This video will cover the importance of drawing skin and how to identify the various ways it naturally exists on the landscape of the human figure.

Preview 15:12

Understanding muscles in the human body will help you to draw the human figure accurately and effectively. This video will equip you with the skills to identify the muscles within the body and will explain how artists use muscles on figures to create appealing images. Every human body is different. This video explains how to envision the muscles under the skin and fat that exists on various body types.


This video covers the way bones exist to shape the human body in the different poses and positions we find it. This video will help you to understand the importance of having a knowledge of bone structure and will help you to identify the shapes that the body makes as a result of the bones within it.

Section 5: Anatomy - Drawing Various Parts of the Female Body
6 Lectures 01:13:37

The back of the human body is a unique landscape of skin and muscles. Gaining knowledge of how the back is made up can provide great insight for drawing the human figure. This video will cover the back structure and will discuss the best way to approach a drawing with it.


We are most familiar with viewing the front torso of the human body which makes drawing it very hard sometimes. This video will cover the different aspects to drawing the front torso effectively and encourage you to sharpen your skills of observation.

Front Torso

One of the most distinctive parts of the female figure are the breasts. Understanding how to accurately draw breasts on the female body can equip artists with the ability to create realistically. Breasts respond to the position of the body in its environment, so this video will address how to draw breasts when the female figure is laying down.

Breasts Laying Down

This video helps artists to draw the breasts from the side of the human figure. Learning how to draw the female body from the side angle without exaggerating or misinterpreting proportions will equip you with the ability to draw realistically. This video will help you to understand the importance of shadow and shape on the body as well.

Breasts Sitting Up - Side Perspective

Understanding the shape and lighting on breasts can help you to create a drawing that is accurate and realistic. This video will help you to understand how to effectually draw the breasts without going overboard or creating unrealistic proportions.

Breasts Sitting up - Front Perspective

This video teaches you how to draw legs. Understanding their shape, which is a result of the bones and muscles that make them up, is critical for creating effective drawings. This video will cover the basics of approaching a drawing that features legs.

Section 6: Movement and Energy - Gesture drawing, Sketching and Scribbling
2 Lectures 26:01

This video will teach you how to utilize the technique of Gesture drawing, which are sketches created with short bursts of energy lasting very short periods of time to capture the essence of an object. Understanding how to quickly draw an object can be very helpful when you are drawing on site from life.

Gesture Drawing

This video will teach you the importance of using sketching and scribbling productively. The method of drawing fast and spontaneously will heighten your awareness and help you to observe your subject's position, composition and any other elements that make up the scene. This exercise is also designed to speed up your ability to identify the various elements that make up a subject and its environment.

Sketching and Scribbling
Section 7: Understanding the Power of the Line
6 Lectures 01:27:35

This video teaches you how to interpret your subject with using a minimal amount of lines. This approach is designed to develop your perception and powers of observation when looking at the human figure. Understanding the most important lines of a figure will heighten your ability to troubleshoot through complicated forms and body types.

Simple Lines

This video will teach you how to bring your drawing to life. The technique taught in this video is about using a light touch and applying a variation in the weight of the line to give your drawing depth and a three-dimensional look.

Preview 06:23

This video teaches you how to apply line drawing to comic book illustration. Comic book drawing consists of understanding how light, shadow, anatomy and environment all play a role in creating a visual story. This lecture was split up into two parts because of its length. Part 1 covers the foundation of creating the superhero in the image.

Comic Book Drawing - part 1

Part 2 covers the details that make up a well illustrated drawing. This video also discusses the power of light and the importance of understanding where to highlight and accentuate lines so that the illustration looks three-dimensional.

Comic Book Drawing - part 2

This video features our model in an action pose designed to bring excitement and energy to the visual story. We cover the importance of composition and also address the power of the surrounding environment. This lecture was split into two parts because of its length. Learning to apply detail to certain parts of the body will also be covered.

Comic Book Action Drawing - part 1

Part 2 of the action drawing continues to explain the ability for line to affect the quality of an illustration. This video shows how detail in the surrounding environment can contribute to the character's story. The artist is encouraged to get creative and develop a style of their own if they are interested in comic book illustration. Understanding the fundamentals of line in illustration is the first step to development.

Comic Book Action Drawing - part 2
Section 8: The Power of Light, Shadow and Negative Space
4 Lectures 40:52

Understanding the role that light plays in the creation of an image is critical in drawing. This video addresses the importance of identifying the light source in your figure's environment. Increasing your powers of observation and being aware of light can contribute to the overall mood of your drawing.

Light Source

In life drawing, observation is just as important as the techniques and skills that you use. This video encourages you to spend time studying the role that shadows play in creating a three-dimensional image that consists of atmosphere and mood. Shadows are a result of light and its importance will be addressed in this video.


Understanding the shape of a figure can help you to create a very powerful composition that is appealing to the viewer. This video helps you to understand how to use the shapes in your image to your advantage. Setting up your drawing's composition and having a plan beforehand can help to make a successful piece.

Preview 05:58

This video teaches you how to identify the negative space that exists within your image so that you can accurately draw what you are seeing. Understanding the negative space helps when you are dealing with complex compositions and poses.

Negative Space
Section 9: Realistic Drawing: Understanding Tone and Rendering
3 Lectures 43:36

Learning how to draw with tone instead of lines is a skill that will help you to create realistic drawings. This video will provide an understanding of how to use light and dark tones to bring your drawings to life. Developing the skill of utilizing tone without the use of lines is an exercise that will contribute to your artistic development.

No Lines

Learning how to use light and tone with shading and rendering will help you to create depth and volume with your subject. This lecture is designed to teach you to draw realistically using the various skills and information in the previous lectures. This video was divided into two parts because of its length.

Shading and Rendering - part 1

In part 2 of Shading and Rendering, we continue to use tone, line, light and shade to create the subjects form and capture the essence of her character. The video also teaches you how to create depth with shadow and develop the illusion of space on the model. Developing your rendering skills can be extremely rewarding if you are trying to draw realistically and this lecture will help you to develop an understanding of the technique.

Shading and Rendering - part 2
Section 10: The 14 Day Challenge
14 Lectures 01:20:09

Today we are going to explore a sketch that focuses on capturing your subject with speed and accuracy. It is also designed to help you loosen up your hand to sketch freely with fluid lines.

Day 1

Today we are using charcoal to create a gesture drawing. Focusing on shape while being aware of speed is important in this exercise.

Day 2

Today we will be using the Simple Line drawing technique. We will be drawing the subject with as many simple lines as possible for accuracy.

Day 3

Today we are focusing on shadows in the image. Using charcoal, we will create a simple drawing that consists of mood and tone due to using shadow.

Day 4

Today we are creating a detail sketch of the subject with pencil. The goal for today is to have fun and explore the various characteristic elements that make up our subject.

Day 5

Today we will be executing a gesture drawing as quickly as we can. The goal is to capture the image with speed in order to develop our power of observation and hand eye coordination.

Day 6

Today we are going to be focusing on negative space within the composition. Understanding the negative space that exists is an exercise that will help us to draw what we see instead of what we think we see. We will also explore shadow in this exercise.

Day 7

Today we will be creating a detailed sketch with pencil. We will attempt to capture the subject's character while capturing the pose with simple tone and rendering.

Day 8

Today will will be creating an extremely quick gesture drawing with charcoal. Capturing the pose quickly is very important in this exercise.

Day 9

Today we will be focusing on tone and rendering with charcoal. Observing shape and composition will be a priority in this exercise.

Day 10

Today we will be creating a line drawing with charcoal. Developing with this technique will help you to become a skilled artist. Focus only on the important lines in the subject.

Day 11

Today we will be sketching our model with charcoal. Keeping your eye on the model while taking very short glimpses at your paper is part of this exercise.

Day 12

Today we will be drawing in a illustrative style that is very close to comic book drawing. Using your knowledge of line and shape in this drawing will help to develop your skills as an artist.

Preview 08:36

On the final day of our 14 day challenge we will be rendering our subject with tone and detailed sketching. Creating character with the model's hair and back will help to make a drawing that is visually pleasing. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and the course!

Day 14
About the Instructor
Lesile Scott
4.3 Average rating
64 Reviews
681 Students
1 Course
Figure Drawing Artist and Illustrator

I have been an artist for over 10 years. My artwork has been featured in art exhibitions around the world and I have worked on various projects in the United States.

My expertise and experience has taken me beyond my dreams and I am looking forward to sharing some of my knowledge in this course on Udemy.