Drawing Figures - Basic Steps to Drawing Successful Figures

By: Murtaza Habib

Drawing Figures - Basic Steps to Drawing Successful Figures

One of the most difficult aspects of drawing has to be reproducing the human form onto paper and this is because every person is different. If you are an artist who likes a challenge, then drawing figures may be the ideal challenge for you.

There are just so many things to remember when you are drawing figures; actually, the drawing itself is the latter part of the project. The observation of your subject should have happened initially. Drawing well is about your awareness and your observation skills. Following this you need to communicate your observations onto paper and your drawing should be able to capture the essence of the person.

Capturing the adult human form is an exceptionally enjoyable project, even more so if the model is present whilst you sketch their basic outline so as to capture the pose correctly. If they do not wish to sit, then it may be worth taking some photos of them whilst about their daily chores or tasks, make it unobtrusive so that the pictures are natural. Alternatively, make some quick sketches.

Providing you enjoy drawing, have aspirations to be a good artist, and you wish to portray the very essence of the subject you are observing, then your drawings will start to have a realistic feel to them.

When you are thinking about your drawing, think in terms of general composition. Where on the page will be the drawing of the figure be? Will your drawing be in a sitting lying or standing pose? What else will there be in the picture?

Knowing the answer to these questions will help to ensure that your picture is a success.

In addition, think about how you can best portray the character you are planning to draw. Think in terms of their general characteristics, how you would describe their personality? Are they known for their vivacious smile? Alternatively, are they shy, introverted and tend to look up almost apologetically from under veiled eyelashes?

Here are some basic steps:

* Observe your subject well before even picking up your pencil

* Take some photographs so that you can continue drawing even if the model is not present.

* Make some simple sketches first to help with drawing later. Remember to think about the overall composition

* Try to capture all of the main characteristics of the model.

Drawing figures is so much more than just sketching a basic form. It is essential for all artists that the very essence of the person is allowed to come forth and this is what makes for an exceptional work of art.

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About the author:
Murtaza Habib wrote for PaintOnMyCanvas.com. The original website is no longer online.


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