For someone that’s not used to drawing people, figure drawing can be quite difficult. However, utilizing drawing tutorials is one of the easiest ways to practice drawing humans. Artists of all levels are welcome to use this drawing tutorial to embrace human anatomy, master drawing the human form, and learn how to draw human figures. The tips mentioned here are widely applicable, ranging from drawing cartoon people to emulating more realistic drawings. Fellow art students, welcome—relax, create art, and work on your figure drawing skills with this guide on drawing the human body.
Drawing Human Figures
To make things easier, let’s pick a famous work of art to reference/work off of. I’m choosing The Birth Of Venus (Nascita di Venere) by Sandro Botticelli. And I’m adding my own spin to it and giving ‘Venus’ a banging plus-size bod! Alright, now let’s focus on studying our subject.
Let’s measure where everything lands by making some lines on a piece of paper, our X-axis lines if you will. If you notice not a lot of lines are straight. Humans stand pretty funny, huh?
Now let’s begin with the figure drawing lessons! Start with an oval for your noggin; geometric shapes are always the easiest to build from when it comes to figure and gesture drawing. It should land inside the lines you made!
Ok, here comes the top of your torso, or your chest. We are also using an oval here. It should land right underneath your head to position the upper body correctly.
Draw a circle underneath your chest. This will be your hip area. With the female body, the chest is usually a little narrower than the hips. With the male body, the chest is (usually) bigger.
Next up are the tops of your thighs, which sit on the bottom of your hip circle.
Draw in your knee circles. Our Venus has her legs up against each other, hence the kissing knee circles.
Time to draw feet! The circles made here will include the heels, the balls, and the toes.
Connect the dots. And by dots, I mean those leg circles you just made.
Do the same treatment to your arms. Note where your shoulder circles land as well as your elbow circles. Elbows are usually level to where your waist is.
Get that neck in there now!
Ok now here’s the sexy part: draw in those breast circles! They should be teardrop-shaped.
I’m now drawing some lines on her face to measure where her facial features land.
Now, were going to roughly fill in the blanks. By that, I mean draw the outline of your body parts.
Your first “inked” lines should make an appearance now. You can finally draw your final head.
Sketch in all those facial features including drawing realistic eyes, a nose, and a mouth.. See: How To Draw A Face
Next, draw in your neck.
Those shoulders are looking good, mama, look at that human figure come together.
Draw the arm.
Then draw hands, always following your “skeleton” path.
Repeat for your other arm.
While we’re up here, let’s get those final breasticles in there, too.
Danger: curves ahead! Draw in those lines from the waist to the hips.
Draw the outside of your legs.
Now, draw your interior leg lines.
Here’s a foot!
And another foot. Some good-looking feet, if you ask me! But, like, not in a weird way.
Now that things are officially weird, let’s draw that crotch. This should be a V or U shape, or something in between.
Draw all those details, folds, wrinkles, indents, etc.
Are you ready? Erase your “skeleton” lines! Ok now I’m awake.
This next step is totally optional but if you want to add clothes to this Hottie With A Body™ you can do it now. I roughly draw them in first because we all know I ain’t perfect. *Remember to add a little extra room where needed.
Now, add in that nice inked clothing line.
Erase those rough lines.
Now you’re going to erase the parts of your body that are covered by clothing.
Are we missing something? Oh yea, this girl’s long and flowing locks! See: Drawing Hair
Time to clean up any parts of the body covered by hair. I know what you’re thinking: “why would this b**** have me draw ears if they were going to be covered up by hair this entire time!” No idea, dude.
Slap that background in!!
And finally, you can add your color. Woooowwww. A work of farts.