Introduction to Figure Drawing

Alberto Giacometti
 Figure
drawing, also known as "life
drawing," is an exercise in drawing the
human body in its various shapes and
positions. It is arguably the most difficult
subject an artist commonly encounters.
 Determine
contour lines first, then move
to interior shapes and values.
 Draw lightly first, then darker as you
build up layers.
 Draw quickly! Once you start drawing
don’t stop. Catch the FORM not the
 No erasing! It breaks focus and wastes
 On
a piece of newsprint, “loosen up” by
using a marker to draw large movement
lines such as a straight, curved, wavy and
many long, narrow oval shapes (the
shape most used in the body).
quick and loose drawing used as a
preliminary effort before adding details