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Learn how to draw with the drawing lessons in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Model or photo
- Graphite pencil
Arrange your subject in a simple pose, or place the photograph upright in front of you.
Draw the body frame from geometric shapes, sketching cylinders for arms and legs and placing circles at joints. Pay attention to the model's proportion.
Round shapes and define contour
Round the shapes and define the body's contour, paying attention to the effect of the underlying skeletal structure and muscles.
Erase the shape guidelines you drew to construct the frame.
Add facial features and hair
Add eyes, centering them between the top of the head and chin. Then add nose, mouth, ears, and frame the face with hair, suggesting texture and flow.
Add shading by highlighting areas closest to the light source, darkening areas opposite the light source, and creating cast shadows typically found near protruding features.
Focus on a feature
If intrigued by a feature, such as your subject's weathered hands or expressive eyes, feel free to further explore them in a detailed sketch on the same paper.