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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.

Learn how to draw figures using 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 lifelike 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 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Overview on how to use your FREE mini class.


Lesson 2. Introduction to Figure Drawing


Lesson 3. Blocking in the Drawing


Lesson 4. Gesture & Contour


Lesson 5. Light & Shadow


Lesson 6. Refining Expression


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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