AUTOPLAY
Sketching The Figure
10 steps
What you’ll need
Paper or sketchbook
Drawing Pencils
An Eraser
Pencil Sharpener
Warm up by sketching loose lines, curves, and shapes.
1. Warm up by sketching loose lines, curves, and shapes.
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Pick a subject. Have someone pose for you to sketch from life or take photos.
2. Pick a subject. Have someone pose for you to sketch from life or take photos.
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Observe your subject closely. Notice how the body makes lines and how they fit together.
3. Observe your subject closely. Notice how the body makes lines and how they fit together.
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Observe horizontal, vertical, parallel & perpendicular lines, simple shapes and forms.
4. Observe horizontal, vertical, parallel & perpendicular lines, simple shapes and forms.
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Know the body’s proportions. Use the head to measure as you plot body parts.
5. Know the body’s proportions. Use the head to measure as you plot body parts.
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Be sure to check for correct proportions.
6. Be sure to check for correct proportions.
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Practice a few poses by sketching proportions with lines and basic shapes.
7. Practice a few poses by sketching proportions with lines and basic shapes.
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Connect lines and shapes by creating contour lines (lines that make up the edge of an object)
8. Connect lines and shapes by creating contour lines (lines that make up the edge of an object)
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Vary line weight with darker pencils. Use mark making techniques to show light and shadow areas.
9. Vary line weight with darker pencils. Use mark making techniques to show light and shadow areas.
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Add contrast by darkening and thickening shadows and contour lines.
10. Add contrast by darkening and thickening shadows and contour lines.
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