Historically since the the renaissance masters perfected the drawing and painting of the human body figure it’s still the most challenging and rewarding types to draw, obviously for beginners not Leonardo Da vinci level artists, it’s often frustrating in the beginning. So here’s some historical all times tips and concepts to follow as you are learning to draw the body.
- Start by visualizing the hole figure of the body and do not try to perfect sketching details and gestures at first.
- Use a reference pose from an actual model or a drawing figure doll, you can use the classic old fashion drawing figure dolls or upgrade to the revolutionary called body kun dolls that gives more option in poses, articulations and realistic human body anatomy for male and female (this one called body chan).
- Shadow and light in drawing figures is an obligation to get an idea of the figure mass and movement do not ignore these important parameters..
How-to books often present carefully measured guides to the general proportions of the face and body. However, the fact is that ever individual is different and these idealized “average” figures rarely represent what the artist really sees when he or she sits down to draw a model.
While it is helpful to study anatomy and learn about average proportions, artists learning to draw the body often get lost in the complexity of details and rules.
Drawing perfection Is About Determination No Frustration Is Allowed
Too often, artists strive for perfection and get frustrated by the time-consuming and painstaking attempts to accurately depict every eyelash and fingernail!
The result can be a Frankenstein monster: a drawing depicting a perfectly rendered collection of parts that don’t seem to connect or co-operate because the artist didn’t step back to look at the whole composition. Especially if you are a beginner, the best thing you can do for your art is to keep your eye on the big picture…
Don’t be intimidated or discouraged by the complexity of the body, but try to start by drawing a “gesture” – a quick, rough impression of what you see. Come back to develop detail later if you have time. Practice sketching quick and rough “gestures,” regularly in a class, drawing workshop or even on the bus.
Finally, beginner artists often focus upon the outline of the body and the details while forgetting about light and shadow. In so doing they create lightweight drawings instead of what looks like a real, three-dimensional human body. Focusing on the contour of the body alone will lead to a flat image, which may not be what you are looking for.
Don’t forget to look at and draw the light and shadow in order to create a drawing containing the illusion of depth and weight. Prepare your poses with artificial light if you are using the body kun dolls and try experimenting with light and shadow: build up the figure on the page using fields of light and dark and no outlines. Alternatively, allow the outlines to disappear as you build up areas of shadow that meet areas of light.
Learning to Draw Figures Is Always a Process
Don’t worry about getting it “right” or about what the final product will look like. It’s all part of the learning process and experimenting with art can lead to “happy accidents.”
Instead, a true artist should appreciate the process of observing, interpreting and developing the impression of what he or she sees.