Total Figure Drawing
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Total Figure Drawing

Draw from life, photographs and your imagination.
4.4 (12 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.
120 students enrolled
Created by Ashley Bane Hurst
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • draw the human body from life, photographs and imagination
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  • You only need basic drawing materials to complete this course. Afterward you can apply what you have learned to and art making media.

If you want to draw people in a realistic fashion then this course is for you. Focusing on an academic approach to figure drawing this course will give you the skills you need to practice to make your dream a reality. The lessons in this course begin with full body instruction before honing-in on problem areas like hands and feet. You can watch the tutorials in order or chart your own path through this course. 

You don't need much to get started - drawing paper, a pencil and an eraser will do. My advice is to use a sketchbook and make practice drawings between lessons to really absorb new concepts before moving on. Your progress will determine your pace. Life is short. Start today!

Who is the target audience?
  • This drawing course is meant for those that enjoy drawing but struggle with the human form.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:44

This introductory video provides a brief overview of the entire figure drawing course. From here you can decide if you want to proceed through he course lessons in order (recommended) or skip to the lessons you need the most. 

Preview 01:44
Figure Drawing Methods
7 Lectures 01:05:50

This lesson demonstrates how to quickly capture the overarching gesture of the human body - Gesture drawing trains the artist to see the "Big Picture" of pose and posture.

Gesture Drawing

Part one of a two part lesson, you will learn draw the standing nude figure using straight lines at first, then changing those lines to curves as a second step. We will pay special attention to the tilt if the head, shoulders and hips. 

Preview 07:18

Part two of a two part lesson, you will add value (shading) to the line drawing from part one. You will learn a repeatable method for shading the human body.

Standing Nude Figure - Part 2

This lesson builds on the previous two-part lesson. Foreshortening refers to the proportional differences observable in the human body at varying angles. This lesson will teach you how to use one body part as a tool for capturing the size relationships of all the other body parts as-well-as the whole.

The Foreshortened Figure

All lessons in this course are applicable to both drawing-from-life and drawing-from-a-photo. However, their are additional techniques/trick that you can use to accurately capture the complexity of the human body when using a photo for reference. In this lesson you will learn to use the joints as landmarks to determine the position of the bones and then make a line drawing around those joints and bones for an extremely accurate drawing.

Preview 12:17

Drawing the human body from imagination is made possible buy studying the human form from life and photographs first. When you are ready this lesson will show you how to "put it all together". Here we will draw a standing figure with a twist to the body, making changes along the way as our vision becomes clear.

The Figure From Imagination - Part 1

Continuing to work with our imagination, we will draw a crouching figure, forcing us to consider foreshortening and also how some of the body may obscure/hide another part of the body.

The Figure From Imagination - Part 2
The Details - Head, Hands and Feet
6 Lectures 51:29

After completing this lesson you will be able to apply a systematic approach to drawing the human head. The technique trains the artist to work from broad to specific so as not to waste time on details unnecessarily until the form of the head is established.

Drawing the Head

Drawing the head from the front is one thing, but drawing it looking up, down and all around is a more advanced proposition all together. This lesson will show you how to get started on a head at unusual angles. 

Drawing The Head At Multiple Angles

This lesson will walk you through an eye drawing and address some of the pit-falls that can keep eyes from looking realistic in a drawing. 

Drawing The Eye

Part one of a two part lesson, I'll show you how to simplify the hand in you mind and then work toward the complexity we observe in the ever-changing positions of the human hand. We will impose pseudo-geometry onto our hands so as not to make a drawing that looks like a floppy glove.

Drawing Hands - Part 1

Part two of a two part lesson, we will draw a hand holding a coin using the techniques introduced in the previous lesson and then shade it to completion.

Drawing Hands - Part 2

Drawing feet can frustrate art students. In this lesson I'll show you how the foot is like two geometric forms combined so that you will be able to better imagine the foot. We will look at drawing the foot from the side and also from the front.

Drawing Feet
1 Lecture 01:34

The concluding video lesson in this course offers inspiration and some practical tips on what to do when you can't find a model.

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About the Instructor
Ashley Bane Hurst
4.5 Average rating
124 Reviews
1,250 Students
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Artist and Educator

Ashley Bane Hurst is the Visual Art Department Chair at a public arts magnet school. He received his B.F.A. in 2002. Since that time Ashley has participated in numerous shows, executed figure paintings and portrait commissions in oil paint, pastel, charcoal and sepia and been recognized in the national Arts for the Parks contest for landscape painting. Ashley has also completed freelance illustrations and designs for production. Ashley enjoys creating a variety of art but he enjoys seeing others grow in their own art just as much. He has been teaching drawing and painting for ten years in the classroom and is excited about sharing his instruction through He currently resides in North Carolina, USA with his wife Nicole, two children, Ruby and Roman, and their dog's Chloe and Bear