Online Class

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.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!
Overview on how to use your FREE mini class.
2. Introduction to Figure Drawing
3. Blocking in the Drawing
4. Gesture & Contour
5. Light & Shadow
6. Refining Expression
7. Custom Paper and Materials

Taught by

Patricia Watwood
Patricia Watwood
Patricia Watwood has exhibited at galleries worldwide, and her work was included in the historic presentation of Contemporary American Realism in museums throughout China. Watwood earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and went on to teach there and in workshops across the country. Her paintings focus on mythology, allegory and contemporary human life, and have twice landed the cover of American Artist magazine.
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