This is a basic approach to figure drawing. This entire tutorial is 4.5 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 also get the Bonus lecture 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!
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.
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.
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.
In this lesson you will learn how to break down the legs in a front view with basic shapes.
In this lesson you will learn how to draw and break down the back of the legs.
In this lesson you will learn how to draw the torso using basic shapes for structure.
In this lesson we will create the back of the upper torso area.
In this lesson we will go over some techniques for drawing the body with foreshortening.
This is part 2 of the lesson on foreshortening.
In this lesson I will show you how to break down hands to simplify the drawing process.
This is part 2 of the lesson on hands.
In this lesson we will now start to draw the body in action. You will learn techniques on how to further construct your poses.
This is part 2 of the lesson on drawing the body in action.
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.
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.
This is the final arm pose using the same techniques as before to apply the shading.
I have been a working professional artist for most of my life. I have been published in comics, created 3D animation and characters for television, illustrated storyboards for commercials, and owned and operated my own design firm successfully for over 15 years.
I am also the author of the book Learn to Draw Action Heroes by Impact Publishing.
I am currently a professional freelance illustrator and comic artist where I create digital art for my clients. I create sequential art and character concepts.
I now share my knowledge in digital art and computer software through online platforms such as Udemy and have a growing Youtube channel as well. With over 55,000 Youtube subscribers and quickly growing I felt I should create some more in depth content for students wanting to take their skills to the next level.
My goal is to help aspiring artists realize their potential and break their mental barriers that hold them back from creating the artwork of their dreams. We can all do it with the right instruction and work ethic. That is what I am here to teach my students.
I am very dedicated to my students and responsive to any of your questions so please don't hesitate to ask. I am here to help!