Figure Drawing: Building Shapes

Figure drawing doesn’t have to be complicated. We can construct the entire human figure if we break it down into basic shapes.

Figure drawing shapes
Quick sketch broke down below into basic shapes.
figure drawing shapes
Having basic shapes in mind can help when building the initial drawing and also with shading.

figure drawing shapes

figure drawing shapes

To begin, think of each part of the body as a shape: either a tube, circle, cone or block.  Build them one on top of the other. The torso is a long tube, bent in any direction. The arms long tubes or cones. The head begins as the shape of an egg.

Figure drawing shapes

Think of each shape as a soft, pliable material that is pinched. Notice the push and pull on the shapes. Where do they push inward? Outward?

Next time we’ll look at muscles that create the face.

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