How to Draw People Archives
So you want to learn how to draw people? Artists since the beginning of art have been drawing and panting the human body likely more than any other subject. Painting a portrait or performing figure drawing also is a unappreciated way of understanding the subject’s true character – in other words really getting to know them.
Learning how to draw people does not have to be hard, but it does require understanding some basic fundamentals. It also requires practice. But some of the first things you need to learn is the concept of proportions of the human body. The human figures has basic proportions when it comes to its anatomy, and its critical you understand the relative dimensions of human components relative to each other before you even get into drawing details like features, clothing, or hair. Read the rest of this entry
It’s a universal desire for all artist to be able to draw people. Probably the number one question I get from artists both new and experienced is “how do I draw people”? Because they are such a centerpiece to so many forms of art (cartoons, figure drawing, portraits, etc.), it’s a critical skill most artists want to have.
When asked this question, I’ll often tell people to break the subject of a ‘person’ down into its components. When learning how to draw people, you have to start somewhere, and I recommend starting with the head. You can learn to draw a head by first sketching a circle as a framework, and then a vertical and horizontal line as the baseline for the other features.
Once you’ve done this, your artistic skills and sense of perception have to go to work. Begin to imagine the head in a 3 dimensional manner, as if it was facing to the left or right (up or down is ok too). If the head is looking off in this direction, where would the features be? These takes practice, but think carefully about where the eyes, nose, and mouth would be, and again draw baseline lines both vertical and horizontal for each. Read the rest of this entry