Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide

with Patricia Watwood

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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. Read More…

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Class Description

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


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Overview on how to use your FREE mini class.


Lesson 2. Introduction to Figure Drawing

  • Meet Watwood, discover the atelier system and learn about additive and subtractive drawing techniques.


Lesson 3. Blocking in the Drawing

  • Gain an overview of how to create an envelope to place the figure on the page, and begin blocking in your drawing.


Lesson 4. Gesture & Contour

  • Learn how to observe and capture the energy of gesture, and start refining contour lines.


Lesson 5. Light & Shadow

  • Develop form by adding light and shadow using white chalk, crosshatching and other beautiful drawing techniques.


Lesson 6. Refining Expression

  • Assessing the drawing as a whole, learn to define and enhance the focus of your work with contour lines, clean erasures and other finishing techniques.


Lesson 7. Custom Paper and Materials

  • In this bonus lesson, youíll work with watercolors to create custom-toned paper thatís tailored to the size and color scheme you prefer.

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