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Capturing the Human Form Through Figure Drawing
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Released Apr 15, 2013
Kurt Jones

Guest Tutor

Kurt Jones
In this tutorial, we'll learn how you can start, or add new techniques, to create detailed human-figure drawings.

We'll begin this process by introducing a photo of the model we'll be drawing from and learn how we can establish the overall pose with basic lines of action. Following this we'll explore capturing the model's form through different gesture drawing exercises.

From here we'll break down one of our gesture drawings into a series of simple shapes to create an armature to draw our contour lines around and refine the form's shape and proportion. Following this we'll begin to map the prominent shadows and add volume to the form by building up our values. Finally we'll spend some time blending values and refining the overall form of our figure drawing.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
01:05
Discovering lines of action
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Discovering lines of action

 
09:03
Capturing the form through gesture drawing
3

Capturing the form through gesture drawing

 
06:09
Visualizing the figure three dimensionally with wrap around line gestures
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Visualizing the figure three dimensionally with wrap around line gestures

 
06:35
Visualizing weight and mass through gesture drawing
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Visualizing weight and mass through gesture drawing

 
07:56
Breaking down the figure into shapes
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Breaking down the figure into shapes

 
13:43
Sketching contour lines over our posed shapes
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Sketching contour lines over our posed shapes

 
11:10
Mapping the shadows
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Mapping the shadows

 
08:40
Building up the figure with core shadow shading
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Building up the figure with core shadow shading

 
10:50
Blocking in mid-tone values and highlights on our figure
10

Blocking in mid-tone values and highlights on our figure

 
11:58
Blending values and refining the form
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Blending values and refining the form

 
11:07
Continuing to blend values and refine the form
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Continuing to blend values and refine the form

 
12:57