Figure Drawing 102

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This course is an online beginning figure drawing course for degree credit. This course is offered to our first-year students and it is recommended that you also take an intro to animation class.

Life drawing is one of the most important skills you will learn as an aspiring artist, especially for animation training. Figure drawing is taken every quarter for all three years of our diploma course, this is one of the very first figure drawing classes in our diploma course. If you haven’t taken the intro to figure drawing course I highly recommend you take that course first.

For those working without visual reference (or as a means of checking one’s work), figure drawings can be made from photos and youtube. Firstly draw from life. Secondly, draw from live video. Most importantly, try not to draw exclusively from photos. You should build up a good eye for drawing from life. Afterward, you can draw from pictures. 

  • An average person is generally 7-and-a-half heads tall (including the head).
  • An ideal figure, used for an impression of nobility or grace, is drawn at 8 heads tall.
  • A heroic figure used in the depiction of gods and superheroes is eight-and-a-half heads tall. Most of the additional length comes from a bigger chest and longer legs.

These figure drawing proportions are most useful for a standing model. Poses that introduce foreshortening of various body parts will cause them to differ.

Most importantly you should draw from life.

Some of the focus topics of this course are:

  • One minute quick sketch
  • 3-minute quick sketch
  • 5-minute drawing
  • 10-minute drawing
  • 20-minute long pose
  • Key poses
  • Changing awkward poses
  • Tonal study of the figure
  • Expression in figure
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn figure drawing on your time
  • Learn from professionals
  • Boost your drawing skills
  • Get credit towards your diploma

Course Content

One minuet quick sketch
Practice gestures and quick sketches.

  • 1 minuet quick sketch
  • 1 minuet session 1

3 minuet quick sketch
More gesture practice with 3 minute quick sketches

5 minuet drawing
Gesture and construction practice in the 5 minute drawing

10 minuet drawing
Practice gesture, construction, and details with 10 minuet sketches.

20 minuet long pose
Build your drawing endurance for the long pose

Key Poses
Use Key poses to draw a series of movements

Changing Awkward poses
How to use a pose that is difficult or impractical to get a really great drawing.

Breaking Down the Human Figure
In this session, we will be discussing breaking down the human figure into geometric shapes.

Drawing your own hand
Learn how to draw your hand

Quick sketch drawing from life
learn to quickly capture moments from life.

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