How To Draw People Step-By-Step Part 2 – How To Draw Figures (This article is brought to you by http://www.secretsoffiguredrawing.com)
In this article, you’re going to learn more about how to draw figures and human proportions. Just to recap, in the last tutorial I told you about the revolutionary “Mastery Through Invention” concept and how it will help you engrave the knowledge of how to draw the human frame into your mind. And I also told you that in THIS tutorial, we’re going to go through the process of FORGETTING about the human form and then RE-BUILDING it from scratch using your own imagination. Now I know how much you hate to wait, so let’s get to it! OK, step number one: erase the image of the human frame from your mind. Wow…that was surprisingly easy. Cool. So now that we have a blank canvas, let’s re-build this baby together. We will now begin constructing a human body from scratch. Take out a piece of paper and draw a vertical line like the one below. This line will represent the height of our creation.
Now, locate the mid-point of this line and put a small “X” there. This will mark the location of the figure’s groin.
Next, put a dot at the mid-point of the UPPER section of our vertical line. This point will indicate the bottom of the pectoral muscle.
Then, divide the UPPER portion of that section in half and put a dot there. This point will mark the bottom of the chin.
Now, divide the LOWER portion of that section in half and put a dot there. This point will mark the belly button.
Next, go to the lower portion of the vertical line and put a dot at the mid-point there. The figureâ€™s knees will be slightly above this point.
There. We now have an outline of where everything should go. Now letâ€™s start filling it in.
First draw an oval shape from the first (top) point to the second point. This will be the head of our creation. Notice that this figure is 8 times as tall as itâ€™s head. So every figure that we draw, will be eight heads tall. We will use the height of the head again throughout the figure as a measuring unit.
Now, go down to the dot that marks the bottom of the pectoral muscle and put one dot on each side of it. These two dots should be level with the center one and they should be equally spaced with one head length between them. The two dots will be our figureâ€™s nipples.
Then find the mid-point between the bottom of the pectoral muscle and the chin and draw a small V there. This will be the clavicle bone.
Next, find the mid-point between the chin & the clavicle and this will be the beginning of the chest cavity. Then, lightly trace an oval between this new point and the naval. The oval should be slightly wider than the space between the two nipples. Once complete, find the points
on the bottom half of the oval that is vertically aligned with the nipples. Now erase the rest of the oval that is below these points. Now connect the openings of the oval with the pectoral dot using slightly curved lines.
OK, now go to the navel and slightly below that point, put one dot one each side. These dots should be vertically aligned with the nipples. These are the love handles and we will connect them to the crotch using slightly curved lines like so:
Then divide the segment between the crotch and the navel into three parts. Find the mark at to top of the lowest section that you just created and slightly below that, draw one dot on each side. Again, these dots should be vertically aligned with the nipples. These are the leg joints.
Next, draw two VERY slight S shaped curves that stretch from each the leg joints to the bottom of the figure. Obviously these are the legs. The line should start to curve inward near the point marked for the knees. Now draw a flat right triangle at the end of each of these S shaped curves and they will be the feet.
OK, next draw a dotted line that connects the navel to left nipple and extend the line past where the shoulder should be. Do the same for the right nipple. The two lines should form a big dotted â€œVâ€? shape.
Now look at the V you drew earlier that marks the clavicle. Begin a line from the tip of the V on the left side going toward the dotted V line. Mark the point where they intersect, this will be the shoulder joint. Do the same for the opposite side. This will form the figureâ€™s collar bone.
Then draw a slightly curved line from the left shoulder joint that extends down to the crotch. Repeat on the other side. These lines will represent the arms.
And finally draw ovals at the end of these two lines and those will be the hands.
Hooray! We’re done! There you have it. We’ve just created our own human body from scratch, complete with it’s own rules and measurements. Now you know more about the human frame and how to draw figures than 90% of all artists. Now the best way to make sure that all that knowledge you just learned stays put is by using a technique called spaced repetition. Numerous research studies have shown that when we are first exposed to new information (lectures, articles, tutorials), the vast majority of that knowledge slips out of your short term memory within the first 30 minutes. But there an easy way to remedy this problem. Here’s how: immediately after reading this tutorial, take out a clean piece of paper and repeat the exercise we just did. Remember as much on your own as you can and only reference back to this tutorial when absolutely necessary. Then repeat this again 30 minutes later. And finally one more time 1 hour later. By doing this you will solidify everything you’ve learned and lock it into your long term memory. (By the way, you can apply this “space repetition” principle with everything else you learn for maximum effectiveness.) Also, to get tons more FREE tutorials on figure drawing and other types of drawing, just about figure visit my website at http://www.secretsoffiguredrawing.com