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STUDYING THE HUMAN FIGURE This is a compilation of sketches exploring the human figure. When I have nothing else to do I draw something like thi… Read More
STUDYING THE HUMAN FIGURE This is a compilation of sketches exploring the human figure. When I have nothing else to do I draw something like this. Anatomy is a very interesting subject to study and I do this using paper and pencil only. The paper was actually reused scratch paper, yep saving the environment. The only time I used a computer was when I scanned and tweaked the levels with Photoshop. I needed to keep my illustration skills sharpened. Throughout the years I still learn a lot of things about the human body. I’m not saying I have already mastered this subject matter. I’m still learning about different poses and muscle detail. Not to mention that the female figure is still difficult to draw. Paolo Libunao http://nplibunao.tk/ Read Less
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Drawing the human figure is one of the most challenging but satisfying subjects an artist can take on. It may seem difficult and intimidating but patience and practice it can be a learnable skill. 
 
I will show you steps on how I draw the human figure. I will show one subject at a time.
 
First off we need to learn how to draw GESTURES. Gesture drawing is a good way to warm up and it is also an important skill to capture the "action" and "pose" of a figure.
Important tips:
 
Never forget the LINE OF ACTION. It's very important because it will help your figure look more dynamic and fluid.
 
A single gesture drawing should be done in a few seconds to a minute. Don't worry about the quality of your drawing and just focus on capturing the gesture.
It took me about 30 minutes to sketch forty-two gesture drawings. If you're new at this you can have someone pose for you and capture their gesture. I've been doing this for a long time and I can draw gestures from imagination in a few seconds.
 
Take a look at the screen shots of the gestures drawings that I did below.
After learning how to capture the gesture we can now add some weight and mass to it. A drawing should take less than ten minutes to do. Let's look at some of gesture drawing with added mass.
 
 
 
Below are just some of the studies i made in drawing the human figure. This is just the beginning. There are still a lot more to learn about drawing the human figure. So stick around and enjoy the ride.