Thursday, March 24, 2011

Figure drawing basics

How many times have you tried to draw a person, and finally given up in frustration saying ?I can?t get this right?? Be patient with yourself and don?t give up! Mastering figure drawing may take several years; however, with practice, your skills gradually improve and your drawings of people begin to look better and better.


This heavily illustrated project invites you to use a simple grid to outline a realistically proportioned face of an adorable baby named Brandon (who just happens to be my grandson). Hatching is used to add shading to the face, clothing, and hair.

Baby Cameo

A profile of an infant’s tiny face, shaded with hatching lines, provides insights into his or her facial proportions in relation to the head size.


With a focus on improving your observation skills by drawing upside-down, this project guides you through the process of combining lines with simple shading to draw a realistically proportioned face of a young child.

Sketching Figures with Lines

Rough, gesture, or action sketches are usually rendered very quickly, sometimes in less than a minute. The benefits of making rough sketches are in the process, rather than the creation of a magnificent work of art. Hence, you only goal is to capture a mood, expression or gesture on your drawing paper.

Long Straight Hair

You use slightly curved hatching lines of various lengths and values to draw realistic long straight hair.

Drawing Lips

With a focus on improving your observation skills, this project offers simple step-by-step illustrated instructions, to guide aspiring artists through the process of drawing human lips with a line of symmetry. Shading is rendered with contour hatching graduations.