I'm learning to draw human figure but I always having trouble with the body proportion, hair and clothes. Does anyone has a suggestion??
attack each issue separately
do lots of studies from the figure.
but with a specific directed goal of improving ONE aspect at a time.
do 20 drawings focusing on the head and neck area.
then 20 for feet...etc
20 studying different hair types and how they flow, follow the form of the figure or the motion.
Or any specific issues you feel your troubled by.
Repeated studies ALWAYS work
.then do 20 more!
I would also like to study figures.
Are there any good websites for poses / figures?
well, if you can't get to any local figure drawing classes, i have a few suggestions. first, check out Pose Maniacs; you can do plenty of virtual studies there.
also of interest (i am going thru these right now):
Structure of Man DVDs
Bridgman's Guide to Drawing from Life
Bridgman's Human Machine
above all, and most importantly, your learning is going to come from life. as far as hair goes, go to a coffee shop or lounge area and study hair. cloth, same as before, but you can also (additionally) take some different types of cloth and drape it over random objects and create a still life to study from.
hope that helps.
thanks for your advice
maybe you are right, I often practice drawing human as a whole not some part of the body.
I usually drawing in black and white . Anyone know any tutorial for coloring??
thank you for your help.
as me teacher always used to say. one measurement one line. basicly get something really straight(we used kniting needles). put it up to your refrance to mesure how long things are and to make lines thru the figure to see how they line up like mabey there chin is on the same verticle like as the elbow stuff like that.
if your drawing from life its best to be useing something so that your subject is always the same langth away and make sure when holding up your measureing tool your always hold the same distance from you so that your masurements dont change much.
note: personaly i had alot of trouble with the useing the tool thingy and did it mostly in me head but the princible still the same and its best to start by learing the tool.
shad0w: Draw the figure from your head, look at correct anatomy reference or people in life and make the connection to what you've got wrong. Don't worry about getting all the bends and twirls correct from the start, but instead, learn the general idea and the basic shapes of the body. It's important that you understand this stage well.
Also, it helps if you repeat what you've learned after every study. Write down your results and "measurements".
This is my first drawing post and give me your comment
Last edited by shad0w; September 4th, 2007 at 02:02 PM.
To draw from the figure you have to do just that.... Everyone is always asking what is the trick to drawing, how do you become an artist? I want to draw like you or preffered artist name of the current time. The big secret to drawing is long hours and hours of sketch books museums drawing classes having good and bad teachers. Just like life you have to see what works for you what are strengths and weakness, work on them and improve. Try somthing different, forget the computer. You'll learn to cultivate yourself and grow. Go back to the days when artists work in large groups, critique wether good or bad will help you look into your own art.
Observation is key as an artist, learn of names and history of your favorite artist what got them find your way. But get off of the computer... Learn from the forums, but build your drawing skills first- before you spend time hacking away with scanners and mouses.
Blah Blah Blah.... Just Draw.
Yeah 'isolate each variable'
Somebody told me to draw hair smoothly, like a 'waterfall' where it shifts in shape.. I tend to not press hard on my pencil for hair, and do 'one strokes' (I cannot do a swift clean stroke with my stuff.)
You want to be an artist start reading, and drawing, good book to read- Lust for Life 1934 by Irving Stone.
Worry about the figure first details later, but when you draw hair draw as if your brushing it, direction of individaul hair.
Remember if you aren't working around the clock on your art someone else is.