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  Online Course: Figure Drawing - Certificate and CEUs
Graphic artist Fred Jordan teaches figure drawing; a class intended for anybody who is interested in learning how to draw the human figure correctly and improving their drawing abilities.
Figure drawing is an exercise of drawing the human body in its various shapes and positions.
Not only is figure drawing rewarding all in itself, but it is considered valuable groundwork for many other areas of work in the art related fields such as portraiture, comic book illustration, sculpture, medical illustration, and other fields that use depictions of the human form.
www.universalclass.com /i/crn/15407.htm   (1263 words)

  Figure drawing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Figure drawing, also known as life drawing, is an exercise in drawing the human body in its various shapes and positions.
The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts, and figure drawing can be applied to portraiture, comic book illustration, sculpture, medical illustration, and other fields that use depictions of the human form.
Drawing from imagination is often lauded for the expressiveness it encourages, and criticized for the inaccuracies introduced by the artist's lack of knowledge or limited memory in visualizing the human figure; the experience of the artist with other methods has a large influence on the effectiveness of this approach.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Figure_drawing   (1348 words)

 Drawing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Drawing is generally considered distinct from painting, in which colored pigments are suspended in a liquid medium and usually applied with a brush.
Etching is similar to drawing but differs in that the tool digs into the surface, which is then used to make prints on a separate surface.
One standard for differentiating drawing from painting is that it does not permit the artist to mix colors before applying them; colors can only be blended on the drawing surface, usually by overlaying one upon the other or by putting them close enough together that the eye "mixes" them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Drawing   (2361 words)

 Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing
Figure drawing has been the standard measurement of an artist's skills for hundreds of years, probably from the moment we first started capturing the living world around us.
To draw the human figure well from imagination you must first be able to draw the simple forms of construction -- the sphere, box, cylinder and cone -- from memory, in any position and combination.
Problems while drawing from a human model, bring into question not only the artist's understanding of the figure, but also the ability to be able to follow a model sheet.
www.awn.com /mag/issue2.3/issue2.3pages/2.3vilppu.html   (1079 words)

 Michelangelo to Matisse--Drawing the figure A look at 500 years of figure drawing
To draw, according to one dictionary definition, is to outline, delineate, or represent a form or shape through the use of a pen, chalk, charcoal, ink, pencil or any other medium.
The first art school to insist on drawing as a basic component of its curriculum was established in the 16th century by the artist Giorgio Vasari, one of the most famous early art historians.
As well as Michelangelo's extraordinary skills, the drawing also demonstrates how the Renaissance had changed humanity's view of itself—from the sinner and miserable wretch of medieval times as perpetrated by the church, to a resurrected man, the image of god, able to comprehend the laws of nature and at the centre stage of all life.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/apr2000/mich-a17.shtml   (2956 words)

 Figure Drawing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Drawing the figure is a foundation skill which has universal application in all aspects of artistic communication.
A figurative quality persists not only in all living things, but its rhythm is apparent in all good design.
Thus, the principles involved in drawing the figure transcends merely drawing human form, but extends into enabling the artist to draw a variety of subject matter using any instrument of drawing, whether it is graphite pencil, charcoal, paint, or computer software.
www.gnomon3d.com /courses/analog_drawing/figuredrawing.html   (138 words)

 Anthony J. Ryder: Artist and Teacher: Book
It is easier to draw the figure than it is to paint it.
This is because drawing is the essence of painting.
Drawing on the other hand builds an image of the figure, an image replete with every subtle curve, both in the outline, and throughout its entire visible surface.
www.tonyryder.com /a-book.htm   (319 words)

 ArtLex on Drawing
Preliminary drawings include various exercises (e.g., contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, drawing from the flat), as well as sketches and studies, cartoons and underdrawings.
Drawing has been highly appreciated since the Renaissance, greatly because it implies spontaneity — an embodiment of the artist's ideas.
figure of the Libyan sibyl in the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, commissioned in 1508 and unveiled in 1512.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/d/drawing.html   (2711 words)

 terryvision - Figure Drawing Tips
This is the classic step where you measure the size of the head of the figure and use that measurement to establish the proportion of the figure.
Most artists who are new to drawing the figure draw small figures floating in the middle of the page.
There are no outlines around the figure (I use a lot of modeling and shadows to establish the form of the figure in many drawings).
www.terryvision.com /pages/gallery/lifeDrawing/figureDrawingTips.html   (255 words)

 Human Figure Drawing Lessons - Learn Life Sketching Art - Sessions.edu
Capturing the human figure in all its infinite, intricate variations requires both a mastery of technique and a thorough understanding of the body.
See and apply in your figure drawing the characteristic shapes and proportions of human anatomy and muscle mass.
See and apply in your figure drawing the characteristic shapes and proportions of the human face in frontal, profile, and three-quarters views.
www.sessions.edu /courses/All_couses/figuredrawing.asp   (924 words)

 Drawing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It was through drawing especially drawing nudes- that artists learned how to fine-tune their visual perceptions and mirror truthfully with handmade marks the mercurial vagaries of psychological experience.
Although drawing still life arrangements is a good exercise and helpful when it comes to doing a painting, it is in drawing the human body that the most valuable experiences occur.
When drawing the live model, there is that inexplicable moment when the drawing gains its own life.
opal-art.com /figure.htm   (339 words)

 Gesture Drawing Lesson of Figures and Objects - Fine Art Instruction, Nancy Doyle Fine Art
I can remember many, many hours in figure drawing class in art school, where we did many of these "croquis," and yet it was just an exercise to me until I read Nicolaides' book, and when I understood the meaning, it made a tremendous difference in my drawings.
Draw figures and animals, and different types of objects, such as flowers, shoes, and trees.
When we start thinking about this concept when we are drawing or painting, we look beyond appearances to strive for the essence of the objects we are looking at.
www.ndoylefineart.com /gesture3.html   (1429 words)

 Figure Drawing Journal
Figure Drawing Step-By-Step by Wendon Blake: This is a very solid, learn-to-draw-the- figure-for-beginners-type-book, (and could probably be of use to some intermediates, too).
Most figure drawing groups and classes begin with the model doing a series of short, 1 or 2 minute poses, that the artists use as a warm-up.
I always try to do 1 or 2 drawings of the model's face, too....as this can be helpful when the group moves on to longer poses, and I don't have a lot of time to spend on the face in a particular drawing.
fdjournal.blogspot.com   (3078 words)

 Drawing the Figure Lesson
The human figure is a very complicated and dynamic thing, and duplicating its appearance takes the know-how and a few tricks of the trade.
So when drawing the arm in geometry, we draw more of the end, and less of the side, showing that the shape is in fact going away from us.
I don't draw this step very often anymore, but I will still use geometry to help me when the pose is a little more difficult due to foreshortening.
kms.kapalama.ksbe.edu /art/lessons/figureprop/figuredrawing.html   (1108 words)

 Figure Drawing lesson - Nancy Doyle Fine Art
In the 19th century, when artists such as the Impressionists began to depict the figure in a modern way (no longer idealized, and wearing the clothes of 19th century Europe), the figure remained an important subject of art.
This online Figure Drawing lesson covers the history of figure representation in art, materials used in figure drawing, three basic exercises for drawing the figure, proportions, anatomy, foreshortening, chiaroscuro (shading of lights and darks), and other topics.
Various approaches to figure drawing, both past and present, traditional and contemporary, are described, as well as developing your own personal approach to the figure.
www.ndoylefineart.com /figurebuy.html   (915 words)

 Books recommended by Eugene Arenhaus
Each drawing is accompanied with two more, detailing the visible anatomical structures and illustrating the bones and muscles which make up the pose.
The drawings are excellent; my only gripe is that the artist did not understand the shape of the house cat skull, but that is an admittedly minor thing.
This book concerns drawing from life, rather than drawing from memory, and the approach it offers is meant for having a model and inapplicable without a model.
www.chiseledrocks.com /odds/books/books.htm   (694 words)

 The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Considered one of the most intimate and sensitive of art practices, the drawing of the human figure has been employed from antiquity to the present for both aesthetic and practical purposes.
Considered one of the most sensitive of art practices, the drawing of the human figure has been employed from antiquity to the present for both aesthetic and practical purposes.
While long serving as the educational foundation for western art, a spirit of innovation and originality characterizes the production and reception of figure drawing because of the infinite variety that can be achieved with the sparest of means.
www.tfaoi.com /aa/3aa/3aa274.htm   (791 words)

 Painting & Drawing Courses
Problems emphasizing the representation of the human figure to be arranged by the instructor in consultation with the student.
Drawing as a means of exploring aesthetic issues related to various forms of image-making.
The use of drawing as a means of exploring aesthetic issues related to various forms of image-making.
www.ecu.edu /art/paintweb/courses.htm   (837 words)

 Learn To Draw | Learning2Draw.com
How to draw a face and have it look like the person you are actually drawing with a likeness that brings your drawing alive.
Knowing how to draw the human figure without a model in front of you and you may mistakenly think it can't be done.
Their drawings are anatomically off, with clothing that is awkward and unrelated to the underlying form; the hair is unnatural and overworked, the perspective not quite right.
learning2draw.com   (4152 words)

 Art 262 Figure Drawing
The academies of the past, reflecting the official artistic cultures of their time, considered the figure to be central to their artistic training.
The tradition of western figure drawing centers on the body's response to gravity, volume, and weight within a solid floor plane seen in perspective.
Drawing as dance, moving to the motion of the figure.
academic.reed.edu /art/courses/art262/index.html   (951 words)

 may2000   (Site not responding. Last check: )
So when drawing the arm in geometry, we draw more of the end, and less of the side, showing that the shape is infact going away from us.
Your contour drawing will show the weight of the figure, the softness of flesh, and the uniqueness of your figure.
Now, as a side by side comparison, the finished drawing of Seraphim at left, and here is the original photograph.
tana.mattwilson.org /Tips/may2000.html   (1166 words)

You probably wouldn't draw the design of the label on a wine bottle before you were happy with the basic construction and shading of the bottle's cylindrical form.
When drawing smaller forms within the arms and legs, use the line of action to better measure the actual angle or slant of each of the body's curves.
You may find that it can invigorate your drawing, freeing up your conscious eye to more rapidly chart the rhythms of the figure, allowing your hand to quickly respond to the ins and outs of the form with a reflective vocabulary of thick and thin, harsh and soft lines.
www.dangheno.net /pteachingspg1.htm   (2543 words)

 the Figure Drawing LAB
This site focuses on accepted conventions of figure drawing that have been used to model the figure since antiquity.
The figure has been revered as a symbol for perfection since the time of the Ancient Greeks, who modeled their gods in the image of Man. Christians also believe that Man is made in the image of God, who is the ideal of perfection and goodness in the universe.
Better understanding of the proportions, movements and nuances of the human form has always been important in Western Civilization, that is why artists have chosen to make it the central focus of many works.
drawinglab.evansville.edu   (346 words)

 Human Figure Drawing Proportions
Do not paint the head too high on the canvas since it makes the model look too tall, though if you draw the head too low, the model will become too small; when drawing the body, take care to allow more space on the side to which the body is turned.
You should also have a mirror positioned behind you so that you can see both the model and your painting at the same time, and it should be in a place where you can refer to it all the time; it is the best guide and will show up faults clearly.
It is an on line drawing lesson that references Eakins, Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, and Sargent.
www.realcolorwheel.com /human.htm   (2857 words)

 Figure Drawing
One of the most difficult skills to learn is drawing figures.
Gesture drawing captures the characteristics of the shapes you draw.
Figure 3-28 shows how gesture drawing implies exaltation or dejection.
www.tpub.com /content/draftsman/14263/css/14263_139.htm   (174 words)

 [ELFWOOD] Tutorials (FARP) / FARP : Figure drawing: Basic Pose and Construction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Using this as a preparation to your drawing also helps you see beforehand if you can pull off the pose, if you need reference material for it, if you will run out of paper while drawing, etc. Yes, the lowly stickfigure does help you plan your next masterpiece.
The figure is at rest because the centre of gravity lies between the two resting points: one foot and a shoulder.
So when you want to draw a human body you should at least know a little bit how it is made up.
elfwood.lysator.liu.se /farp/figure/williamlibodyconstruction.html   (2201 words)

 Figure Drawing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This will be part one of a series I will have in drawing human (and not so human) figures.
Be sure to draw the stick light enough to where it can be erased easily, but dark enough to where you can see it.
the stick figure, and add some minor details to the body (mainly to the torso) Don't make it too dark, because much of it will be changed or erased.
www.nofadz.com /SkinGraft/figure.html   (510 words)

 The Seattle Figure Drawing Group (Seattle, WA) - Meetup.com
The Seattle Figure Drawing Group is all about art and figure drawing.
We work to provide a wide variety of figure drawing opportunities and settings for area artists of all kinds and styles.
We have a great mix of people, from those who are simply trying to work extra time for creativity into their lives, to professional artists looking to sharpen their life drawing skills.
figuredrawing.meetup.com /105   (270 words)

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