Painting an interesting background before you begin your drawings, can really help you create something wonderful and unique. The great thing is, that you can work your figures into the composition by adding a few well placed brush strokes, therefore turning the ordinary into extraordinary.
The more you draw and practice, the better you will become at training your eye to understand proportion. It usually takes around 10 minutes to get warmed up, so start by making a series of quick 20 second drawings. Look at only capturing the essence and energy of the figure, forget the detail as this style is not about that. Contours drawing can be a lot of fun and if don't have a model then check out these links
(Provided by member JAY)
and if your uncomfortable drawing nudes then draw an object - vase, flowers, etc.
So what are your top tips when it comes to drawing the figure? Also please share some pictures of your figure work and tell us something about it (How long did it take? Why those particular colours? ,etc). And if you haven't tried it, give it a go and post your results below.
here is one of my oldies (inspirational drawing) it was a 5 minute pose out of series of qwik poses done with felt tip pens a4 size : I like working fast with life drawing ...rendering the image later sometimes IF i think the image is of some merit
This image was drawn Live so to speak ..the thing about felt tips they do not allow any room for error ..I like that because the mistakes inspire me:)
This was part of my 'design' process for my hot glass elective (way back when I was at design school)
NOW I would like to see it translated into plexiglass:)
Because I was working /designing for a medium that could NOT be touched ..so to speak ...that being hot glass ..I used felt tips so as to remind myself that the medium I was designing for was very restrictive ...say compared to working in clay ..
I hope this level of nudity is permissble??
oh gary i lov the pregnant woman work! you must frame it. it is worthy!!
i've tried to find/count how many time she is in there. it would be cool if the count were 9. 1 for each month of pregnancy.
I'd like to add a couple of resources to the list. First is Posemaniacs (I love this site) and second is Riven Phoenix's epic course on DVD, The Structure of Man: Drawing the human figure from your mind. In the space of a few days I went from not having a clue where to start, to being able to draw a perfectly proportioned stick figure in front, back and 3/4 view.
There is a lot more in the course, but I've been slack and not got further than the first 20 lessons. I've been doing battle with a cityscape for the last couple of months, some figure drawing sounds just the change of pace I could use right now.
great ,its amazingly fabulous, If I were rich i would buy it in a flash!