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.
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4.6 (168 ratings)
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Created by Robert Marzullo
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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Requirements
  • Students will need a basic understanding of drawing and an open mind.
Description

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners that would like to take their character drawing a step further. Some of these techniques are intermediate but still easy to understand.
Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
04:35:50
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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.

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
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Bonus Lecture on 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
About the Instructor
Robert Marzullo
4.6 Average rating
300 Reviews
3,837 Students
7 Courses
Comic Book Artist / Illustrator

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!