In “Human Figure Drawing,” a free download from The Artist’s Magazine, realist painter Sadie J. Valeri offers two lessons on how to draw a female figure: Using the classical, straight-line block-in method to create accurate angles and proportions for contour drawings of the human figure (part one), and a drawing lesson to teach you how to mass in values and model three-dimensional form to create convincing, light-enhanced nudes (part two). Plus, along with this free download, you’ll receive the free Artists Network newsletter with inspiration for drawing, painting with watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, and more!
“Finding correct proportions is the most important part of creating a convincing figure drawing,” says Valeri. “Humans have an infinite variety of proportions, but that variety falls within a very narrow range. It’s very easy to make your figure drawing look distorted or even alien if the proportions fall outside the range of human possibility.”
Part One of Human Figure Drawing:
• Draw the “envelope” that guides the outer shaper of the model’s figure and pose
• Build a “web” that creates the basic shape for the figure
• Establish midpoints
• Create a “terminator” for your shadows
• Finish a contour drawing.
In Part Two You’ll Learn How to:
• Fill in shadow masses
• Mass in all the values
• Model the form with white
• Refine the shading
Sadie Valeri currently teaches workshops and classes at Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco. Don’t miss out on this free lesson from a modern master, brought to you by The Artist’s Magazine.
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