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    Learning figure drawing, where to start ?

    I want to learn figure drawing but totally confused on where to start. I Have lots of meterial but not able to find a start.

    I need some help or perhaps a mentor to guide me on correct and effective way of figure drawing.

    Thanks in advance.
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    You learn figure drawing by drawing figures.

    Doesn't Google exist anymore? find a life drawing class in your area, start with the line of action and the centre line (where the centre of weight distribution is.) Work and research your way up from there.


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    This thread seems like a good opportunity to ask this question:

    A couple of years ago somebody had shown me a website where you could pose 3D models how you wanted, rotate them, etc... even set up a timer so you could do some speed figure drawings with different poses. I googled and hunted around CA but couldn't find that website. So if anybody knows it or knows of something similar I'd like to have that link again.

    EDIT: Embarrassing, found it right after I asked! It's http://www.posemaniacs.com/ which might also be helpful to the OP if there are no figure drawing classes in his area. Of course, from life is always better.
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    I was about to post Posemaniacs, but the problem is that they're 3D models with limited skinning capabilities that can't actually replicate the deformations found in the forms of actual human beings in life studes.

    Posemaniacs is a last resort if you absolutely can't find a decent life drawing session every week.


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    Start by learning to draw a cube in perspective. Then a cylinder. Then something more complicated, gradually, till you have enough skill in constructive drawing and perspective that you can begin drawing people.

    Don't use 3D models, draw real people. 3D models aren't in any way like the real thing even if right now you cannot tell the difference.
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    I think there are some things I should clarify. First of the very first reply wasn't supporting at all. If google answered all of my questions there wasn't any point of existence of this forum at all.

    Secondly I know the basics of perspective, Line, Colour, Value etc and I practice drawing on paper, But when it comes to figure drawing I am stuck at the start.

    I am finding a good path to learning, may not be perfect but at least it will save me a lot of time beating about the bush.

    PS: There are no art classes in my area, I can't get a model to draw. All I am able to do is to learn by books and references.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NajamQ View Post
    I think there are some things I should clarify. First of the very first reply wasn't supporting at all. If google answered all of my questions there wasn't any point of existence of this forum at all.

    Secondly I know the basics of perspective, Line, Colour, Value etc and I practice drawing on paper, But when it comes to figure drawing I am stuck at the start.

    I am finding a good path to learning, may not be perfect but at least it will save me a lot of time beating about the bush.

    PS: There are no art classes in my area, I can't get a model to draw. All I am able to do is to learn by books and references.
    Usually people who say they know the basics really don't because basics train your hand and eye; drawing a person is not different than drawing anything else; its just a series of marks on paper.

    If you try to learn to draw people from books then you are going to short change yourself. Get a cheap wardrobe mirror and practice that way from life while you are learning from books. Go out and sketch people at coffee shops, parks, etc. Sketching from life is essential. You cannot learn to draw the figure convincingly only from books . Your work will always look inferior when compared to someone who has the initiative to draw from life.
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    Ok I am looking at some resources. Loomis is mainly following the Head Count method which I think is time tested a reliable method. However there is also Reilly's Method too which emphasize on gestures.

    Now what should I follow to learn the basics. Does Reilly's Method should be used on top of Head Count or vice versa ?.

    What I am trying to do here is to get a general sense of proportions on paper as well as placing figure in space with perspective.

    The Book "Figure Drawing for all its Worth" by Loomis is excellent and I am studying it. I also have another copy of Vilppu's Figure drawing manual which uses gestures to teach the figure drawing.

    Well my target is Character design rather than Comics. What do you recommend should I follow. Loomis or Vilppu.

    I am in no place to question the authority of both authors. Doing that would be a suicide in art .
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    Maybe it doesn't matter all that much which author you follow or which book is better then the other for drawing heads or finger nails. Why not buy both and take what you find works best. Figure drawing is a problem that you need to solve and I don't think there is a book or author that will do it all for you.

    They certainly help. Maybe go to a bookstore, open up some anatomy books, and pick the one that makes the most sense to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rem92 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorromog View Post
    Maybe it doesn't matter all that much which author you follow or which book is better then the other for drawing heads or finger nails. Why not buy both and take what you find works best. Figure drawing is a problem that you need to solve and I don't think there is a book or author that will do it all for you.

    They certainly help. Maybe go to a bookstore, open up some anatomy books, and pick the one that makes the most sense to you.
    Well I am practising the exercises both author's recommend with improvement with each iteration. Lets see how far I can go without losing patience .
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