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Express guide: Figure drawing

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Published: November 2, 2004
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NOTE! After the success of this little tutorial, I have created a much bigger one based on it. Please proceed to it here: [link]

A reference for proportions and the most outstanding details you should know about when drawing the human figure. These are things to keep in mind that should help you learn to see; my recommendation is that you use it as a supplement to regular and perseverant sketching exercises. Carry a sketchbook around and gesture-draw people around you, especially people in motion. This way you are forced to use fast gesture drawing and not go obsessive over the details, and that is how you can achieve a solid grounding in grasping form and movement before moving on to worrying about surface additions such as clothing and expression. think of the human body as an assortment of volumes, not as lines put together.


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BDTite1919's avatar
It might be helpful.
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I think I'll try those tricks out when I'm using my sketchbook express.
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iskander71Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful, thank you Majnouna,
I will keep in mind your advices
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Cool :)
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I was wondering if you started with the shape of the body first and then added the head since you state to never draw the head first. If not then how do you start your characters? All of the artists that I have seen start with the head but it is not working for me.  Thanks for the wonderful tutorials and how to guides. Your art is amazing!
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CarlottaStudiosStudent Writer
Now I'll be able to draw faces properly!!! THANK YOU!!!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Welcome!
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thanks for these... .:D i ll be able to figure out what are their differences :)
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Cool :D
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vanillaorangelatteHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot)

When drawing things we observed we understand many tips by instinct, but getting them sorted out is very helpful.
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
True!
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forest-of-fireHobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for this tutorial! Maybe I'll be finally able to draw human figures without getting mad...
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
Cool :)
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Great tutorial thanks!!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
No worries :)
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GiaFontanaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks this helped A LOT!!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
No prob!
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THIS IS MAGICAL, THANK YOU!
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
:D
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Whetsit-TuyaStudent General Artist
Should I use my #2 Ticonderoga :iconpencilplz: or a mechanical pencil? :iconthinkingplz:

Help would be appreciated :)
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MajnounaProfessional General Artist
It doesn't matter in the least. I use a ball point pen :shrug:
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Whetsit-TuyaStudent General Artist
Thanks
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