Hello and today we are going to learn how to draw the human figure from imagination.

We’re going to start out by drawing a simple human stick figure.

figure drawing posesWhen trying to draw a figure from your mind, it is very helpful to first draw a simple stick figure that you can build on.

It is very similar to when a sculptor is creating a figure statue out of clay. He will first create a skeleton figure out of metal wires that he can then add clay to.

The process of drawing the stick figure will be very similar to the second lesson in the figure drawing lesson series (Lesson #2 – Drawing Human Proportions Using Stick Figures) but in today’s video, we’ll practice drawing this stick figure in a few different poses so you can get some practice drawing a figure from your mind.

After watching and drawing along with the video, practice drawing a lot of these stick figure in different poses on your own. This will help you really hone your ability to draw stick figures, which is a crucial skill to being able to draw the figure from imagination.

Quick Tip: Draw With Your Shoulder…

A quick tip when drawing is to try to move your arm at the shoulder and not so much at the wrist. This will help make your drawing strokes much looser and create a more fluid drawing.

Of course you are engaging the wrist as well. But by also incorporating the shoulder, you have much greater control of the pencil than if you are drawing JUST with your wrist.

Play with this and see how it makes a difference to your drawing.

Using “Move Lines” (or Gesture Lines) To Make Your Drawing More Lifelike

When drawing the stick figure in action poses, another helpful tip is to create “move lines” BEFORE you draw the skeletons. The move lines basically outline the action that figure is taking and help us to make the drawing more life-like.

“Move lines” are also sometime referred to as “gesture lines.”

Just as we are using the stick figure to help us create a more realistic fully fleshed out figure… we are using the “move lines” to help us create more convincingly dynamic stick figures.

(Refer to the video to see how to create the move lines and overlay the skeleton on top of it.)

At the end of the video, you can see a demonstration of how having the skeleton figure to work with, we are able to draw the fully-fleshed out figure much more easily.

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Until next time, thanks for watching and good luck drawing!