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Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide

with Patricia Watwood
Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide
Capture the human form with realistic and expressive energy in this FREE class! Renowned artist Patricia Watwood leads you through the simple steps to create a striking figure study.

Master figure drawing as you learn classical techniques for rendering from live models! With Watwood’s guidance, you’ll progress from a simple block-in sketch to a gestural drawing to a polished piece with depth and dimension. Learn how to set up and light a live model, and how to use graphite pencil and simple angles to create an accurate outline for any figure. Add life-like energy as you incorporate gestural lines, then carve out the form with hatching, shading and highlighting techniques. As a bonus, Watwood will show you how to create custom toned papers to add a unique touch to your work.

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Lesson plan

0:51

Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Overview on how to use your FREE mini class.

9:49

Lesson 2. Introduction to Figure Drawing

12:20

Lesson 3. Blocking in the Drawing

19:16

Lesson 4. Gesture & Contour

25:37

Lesson 5. Light & Shadow

18:12

Lesson 6. Refining Expression

8:59

Lesson 7. Custom Paper and Materials

"Patricia Watwood takes the newbie (me) through a well delivered, informative and inspirational step by step process of figure drawing. I now feel more confident moving forward with the skills that Patricia has so thoughtfully shared in her class. (...) I am truly inspired and I plan on making drawing/sketching part my daily routine. Thanks Patricia for all of your wonderful instruction!"
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