9 WEEK MINI COURSE

Learn Art Skills Lesson 7
Draw the Human Body
Figure Drawing Basics

Pinkmeister's approach to art is to choose the easiest way to produce any effect                             Begin drawing lightly and freely                      Use the simplest tool or method for the effect you desire                      Unlock your creativity by allowing your ideas to be free of pre conceived limitations;            

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LEARN TO DRAW THE HUMAN BODY

Art Knowledge: Lesson 7
Drawing the figure or human body is called life drawing. We can become more skilled at life drawing from studying pictures or live models.


The basic guide for body proportion is in head lengths:
The figure of an average adult is 7 head lengths
The length of body, hips to toes is about 4 head lengths
The top of head to bottom of chest 2 head lengths
The length of pelvis to bottom butt region 1 head length
Two heads from elbow to end of extended fingertips. 


At some point we realize that natural body positions are very important to expressing action and story.


Reference Guide Lines (below) may help to capture the pose. head oval, shoulder angle, spine length and angle,
arms to shoulder and legs to hip joints. Make these
guide lines very light so you can add details and mass
over them as you complete the sketch.

THE ART SKILL LESSONS (DEMOS) COVERED IN THE MINI - ART SERIES:
PRACTICE  SHOULD GO ALONG WITH EACH LESSON
APPLY PRINCIPLES TO YOUR OWN ART EXPRESSION.
THESE SKILLS APPLY EASILY TO ALMOST ANY AGE OR CLASS LEVEL FROM AGE 10 UP



Lesson 1
: Drawing the easy way. The difference between, compositions, studies and sketches. Thumbnail sketches. What are paradigms? Paradigms that apply to creativity. Three parts in any creative art project. Terms: line, space, shape, art media.
Lesson 2: Review E-Z drawing. Expressive lines, Descriptive lines, Shapes. 2 dimensional forms, 3 dimensional masses, shading, illumination. Using tone in drawing and sketching - Reminder: please have a small plastic container to use for wash drawings next week
Lesson 3: Exploring drawing 3 dimensional objects, What makes a form appear to be 3 dimensional? turning 2d into 3d forms. Interpreting common objects into 3 dimensional components, apply methods of shading
Lesson 4: Learning to show depth using, simple perspective. Size changes, Overlapping, Distant horizon, raising on picture plain. Weekly sketch book assignments
 

 

 

 

Art Skills: Lesson 7
SKILLS TO WORK ON IN THIS LESSON: Continue drawing the E-Z way to produce straight and curves Applying tone (gradations light to dark) brush tonal shading using dry medium (chalk, pastel)
Recognizing logical positions of the surfaces (planes) that comprise any  3d form.
Techniques that produce tone or shading:


1. Closely study the pose to try to understand the expression of body.

Beginners often suggest the body in a stiff or expressionless way. At a certain point we realize that every natural body positions are very important to expressing action and meaning.

2. Guide lines are helpful in establishing
the proportions.

            



3. Here is a quick sketch method which can be used to express a pose or action in a "short hand" method.
* 'Gesture Drawing' is really no more than a  controlled "scribble" which records a quick impression of the body action of your model



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*Gesture drawing is a quick sketch method that attempts to capture the expression of the body position


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LESSON LIST CONTINUED:

Lesson 5: Using the total space, Primary spatial breakup, Mapped spaces, Secondary stages of drawing, using the areas within shapes. Practice interpreting pictures as spatial areas. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 6: Draw human faces, three views of face, cartoon and caricature styles Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 7: Drawing the human body, gesture, proportion, foreshortening, quick sketch methods. You will be a model for your partner and visa versa. Weekly sketch book assignments
Lesson 8: Compositions Interpreting themes with forms or symbols
Lesson 9
: Drawing with detail in color and black and white, stylization & pattern