Figural Problems

Drawing the human body requires the artist to gather all of her skills in working with real form and volume. As a subject, the human figure requires that we put into practice an entire set of representational skills as we arrange the limbs in a proportional relationship to the body; it also requires the representation of volumes, articulations, planes, and simple forms and their combination into more complex ones. Once we can accurately render the human figure, it is safe to say that we can also take on any other subject, no matter how complicated it may appear.

Synthesis, or reducing forms to their essential content, is a key factor in drawing correctly.

By combining synthesis with spontaneity; we achieve a more expressive figure.

Drawing Standing Human Figures

Starting from a simple outline, we can make a geometric sketch of the human body.

Outline Sketch Human Body

A drawing of the human figure should start with ail oval representing the head, and then a vertical line for the body. We then add the thorax and the line of the hips, which connects the upper and lower extremities.

By combining synthesis with spontaneity; we achieve a more expressive figure.

Starting from a simple outline, we can make a geometric sketch of the human body.

The Secret of Simple Forms

Here's a strategy for approaching the challenges of representing the human figure: first, figure out a starting point for the figure based on simple forms that adjust to the contours of the body (we will see this in the following chapters); then, work with these forms until you arrive at a convincing and recognizable structure. From there, the proportions must be carefully established, making sure that the figure has a proper equilibrium; this is especially important when drawing standing figures. Don't be discouraged by your first drawings, which will most likely look like crudely made dolls—a jumble of sketchy, ill-fitting forms. The best way to start is to reduce complex forms into simpler ones.

Average Human Body ProportionsShading Drawings The Human Body

Was this article helpful?

+1 0
Pencil Drawing Beginners Guide

Pencil Drawing Beginners Guide

Easy Step-By-Step Lessons How Would You Like To Teach Yourself Some Of The Powerful Basic Techniques Of Pencil Drawing With Our Step-by-Step Tutorial. Learn the ABC of Pencil Drawing From the Experts.

Get My Free Ebook


Responses

Post a comment