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  • Figure DrawingMore than ANY other subject matter, when we draw the human figure, we tend to ignore what we see and draw from our imagination. This is because the human figure is the most familiar of all subjects, which makes it difficult to approach it without preconceptions.

  • Lets look at three different types of figure drawing:Gesture



  • Gesture DrawingPurpose: To Capture the pose of the model in the quickest, most economical manner

    Use drawing materialsDo a series of quick posesDont be concerned with details

  • Gesture Drawings

  • Even 30-second poses can capture the essential aspects of a figure.

  • Contour Drawing Use drawing materials Concentrate on the outside edge of the model or part of the bodyDraw only when you are looking AT the model. You should look at the model more than you look at your paper. Purpose: To become more aware of the outer edges of forms or figures.

  • Contour Drawings

  • Contour drawings should describe outer AND inner contours. Lines may turn inwards to describe fabric folds and other details. Lines may change thicknesses to describe deep creases, shadowed areas, or subtle edges.

  • Volume DrawingUse drawing materialsNO lines used (except for initial light sketch) Notice how clothing drapes on the body. Visualize the way the neck, arms, shoulders, hips, legs, etc. join below the fabric. Use a wide range of values to create depth, form, highlights, shadows, texture, etc.

    Purpose: To study the forms of the human figure

  • Volume DrawingQuick sketchLonger drawing

  • Colored paper can add a great medium tone to the drawing.

  • Add a dark color and a light colorand let the medium-value paperdo the rest of the work!

  • Bone StructureContourVolume

  • Examples of what were doing:

  • Gesture drawings

  • Then contour drawings

  • Then volume drawings

  • and some drawing on hand-tinted paper!