Learn How To Draw People

The Easy Way

Learn to draw people is one of the most challenging parts of drawing and sketching, especially when you'd like to master nude drawings or figure drawings—they can be quite a challenge. But if you know the basic guidelines the professional artists use, you will be surprised how easy it is.

Before you start drawing, select a suitable person you feel comfortable with. That can be a man or a woman and of course the style of drawing you have a good feeling about.

This means you can either be realistic, very sketchy or even like a cartoon.
Start your drawing with a nice easy flow, use your wrist and arm in long sweeping motions, do not be concerned about detail, leave that until last. Warm up exercises are important even for professional artists.

Okay, you've warmed up. Look at the model and then half close your eyes to eliminate all detail, what you are looking for is the basic structure of the figure and how it flows. It does not have to be curved lines, it can be a series of short straight lines.

The human head can be divided seven times into the human form; sometimes, depending on age, it can fit in eight times the length of the body. The halfway point is somewhere around where you see the belly-button.

Those just starting off with drawing usually make the mistake of drawing the head far too small for the body. The head size in relation to the body, depends very much on the age of the person. A child's head for example is much, much larger compared to the rest of his or her body.

Drawing the human figure (as in life drawing) is extremely complex and difficult to draw. But if you study the basic rules you'll find it much easier than you think.

Students in life drawing start off by trying to put in too much detail, they try to draw the model's expression, they play around with anatomy, they try to get the right form of the drapery, the shadows and where they fall across the various forms – and guess what? The drawing becomes a horrible mess of lines and smudges. If you are starting out, keep it simple, very simple.

Until you can master your proportions accurately do not add detail, all that is required is simplicity with NO detail at all. If you are drawing cartoons, you can throw the proportion guidelines out the window because when cartooning you always exaggerate the forms.

My recommendation is that you start off with cartoons to develop your own personal style of drawing, using your pencils (HB, 2B and 3B only in a sketchpad, not copypaper) and get the feel of getting your lines thick or thin, black or very light gray, soft and hard. A variety of lines make a drawing more interesting as well as how you shade in your values—light against dark creating harsh effects or subtle and soft.

Please use these basic guidelines and do practice whenever you get the chance. What makes a drawing great? A passion for sketching and drawing, a love of the subject matter and a willingness to learn more.

Let me have your comments please in Learn To Draw People on what you'd like to see or know about. We're here to help you become a good artist in your own right and ability! 


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