Improve Your Figure Drawing - Some Simple Steps

 By: Aftab Ahmed
Drawing a cat, easy. Drawing a Christmas Tree, easy. Drawing a car, easy. Drawing people correctly, priceless.

Figure drawing is one of the most difficult tasks for an artist to master. The reasons are many but can be simplified by saying, no two humans are exactly alike. There are so many differences in each individual that drawing people is difficult. No one has the exact same head, the exact same eyes, the exact same proportions, etc.

Although this is true there are some things that can make your drawings improve and elevate them to new heights. You can become an accomplished figure drawing artist. Even if you are drawing just as a hobby, there are some quick pointers that will help you improve your drawings immediately and drastically.

First and foremost, accurate drawing of people and faces start with careful observation. The ability to see correctly and to observe correctly is the number one skill that is going to help you improve artistically. Did you catch the true shape of the model's eye? Do you have the eyelids too thin? Is her lips the correct proportion? Is her nose in the right place on the head? Is the neck too thin? Too long? How many heads tall is the model? Do they fit the standard proportions, or do they vary just a little?

These are important observations that you as an artist must make. Capturing the likeness of the person you are drawing comes down to careful observation.

The next tool to help you in your artistic journey is to remember to start big. I know this sounds really simple but a lot of artists make the mistake of laying in too many details. Start with the block-in method and lay in large shapes. Don't concentrate on the finer details like shading in the eye at the beginning of a drawing. Always start big and work your way to the finer details at the end of your drawing. Make sure when you are in the big part of your drawing that you are focusing on proportions. Is the body of the male approximately 7 heads high, etc. You want to focus on those types of questions, not is the shading of the left nostril correct. Those are the questions you want to ask yourself further down the road.

Lastly and this isn't going to sound like rocket science, practice! Drawing every day will make the biggest improvements to your drawing than any other. Do studies of the features that you struggle with. Are eyes difficult for you? Then do several studies on the eyes till you feel comfortable with them. Or is it hands? Hand studies are extremely important because hands are a difficult part of the body to draw correctly. Focus on your own hand, draw your hands in different positions. Practice all the time. Take a sketch book with you wherever you go and draw whenever you can.

Follow these simple tips and you will see a dramatic change in your drawings immediately.
Artice Source:

Related Articles in Arts And Entertainment

People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:

The best celebrated occasion is the Christmas holidays. Aside from the gift giving, exciting camaraderie and expressions of goodwill, Christmas parties are the pinnacle of all these celebrations. All over the world, in big and small places, like Christmas events in Staffordshire, parties are the favourite way of marking the Yuletide season. Christmas holidays are cherished events in Staffordshire and can be celebrated in many spots around town.
Purchasing art supplies can be difficult at the best of times and if you are an aspiring or budding artist the choice can simply become overwhelming. There are many art retailers throughout the high street or online that provide low-cost art supplies and artistic materials which are excellent for children and amateurs but not really acceptable for an aspiring artist who demands high calibre goods so you need to be ready to study what you will need.
For many decades, celebrity status was achieved either on stage, on film or on TV. Now, a whole new crop of celebrities exist within the brave new world of digital media and entertainment. YouTube receives many more views per day than every TV network and cable channel combined. The interesting thing about these new age celebrities is that they make their way into the entertainment stratosphere without the assistance of agents, managers or entertainment attorneys. They are regular people with a passion or talent that others enjoy watching from the comfort of their computer screen or digital mobile device.

More in Arts And Entertainment

Excellent, Larry. Thank you for taking the new article directory technology and making it work to the max. I encourage everyone to keep contributing and contributing regularly. I can attest to the fact that this site is already a strong directory in a field of many. Kudos to Larry!

Matthew C. Keegan
The Article Writer


I find it a delight to use both as an author and a publisher. It is full of nice little surprises that make the whole process of writing, reading and publishing articles a complete delight. This is one that comes out tops and beats the rest hands down.

Eric Garner
Managing Director


I did a Google search and came across your site. It was exactly what I was looking for and was elated to find such a broad range of articles. As I am launching a free magazine in a small town in Florida, I wanted to be as resourceful as possible while still being able to provide some content that is interesting and well written. Your site has all the variables in the mix. Excellent Site hitting all the notes in the scale sort of speak.

Mo Montana
Florida, USA

Article Topics

Copyright © 2005 - by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at™
All Rights Reserved Worldwide. All Trademarks and Servicemarks are the property of the respective owners.
ArabicBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwedishThaiTurkishUkranianVietnamese