Drawing the Human Figure: Male Figure Performing High Kick!

Hey friends!

I this drawing lesson I’ll show you one way of drawing a male figure performing a high kick!!

I’ll cover the basic anatomy behind this pose, and hopefully we’ll go into more details in a future drawing lesson.

Check out the video tutorial here, and read on for more key pointers on drawing the male figure.

Okay, so here are my main advice for drawing a male figure in this pose.

1. Begin with a basic “stick figure” of the male figure.

This means we use a very simple stick figure to “find” the pose.

If you want to get any figure drawing right, you need the base to be CORRECT. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be CORRECT.

Any mistakes made in the first stages will drag on to the later stages. And in later stages, correcting these mistakes becomes very hard – nearly impossible.

Here is my basic stick figure.

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2. Use simple 3D shapes to define where each body part of the male figure is.

Next I use very simple cylinders and ovals to define the limbs, joints and the core.

The reason I do this, is that it is very hard for me to go from that basic stick figure, directly into the final drawing.

I need that stage in order to find each of the male figure’s parts.

Here are my simple 3D shapes.

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3. Now I can finally begin drawing the FINAL representation of the figure.

In this stage, more knowledge of anatomy IS IMPORTANT.

You want to learn where the muscles are, and their shape.

You also need to learn how to properly draw the joints, hands, feet and face.

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This is a big challenge.

My advice…? Use reference!! (you must be tired of hearing this by now… =P)

Work slowly, and draw the entire male figure one part at a time. Be extra careful with the connection between the different parts.

For example – make sure to properly draw the area where the arms and the core (upper torso) meet.

And then, slowly but surely, you will be able to draw this pose!

Drawing the Human Figure Male Figure Drawing

Feel free to drop any questions you have in a comment below. I’ll answer everything.

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– Liron

How to Draw a Drop Fold: One Way

Hey friends!

In this drawing lesson I’ll teach you how to draw a drop fold.

The drop fold is created when a cloth hangs freely from an anchor point or an anchor area.

Here is an example.

Drop fold - simple example

This is a simple example of a towel hanging in the air. The only forces affecting it are gravity and the clothespin holding it in place.

Remember this rule: folds radiate from the anchor point and outwards. In this example they radiate downwards.

This fold is basic and challenging at the same time. The concept of a piece of cloth hanging loosely from an anchor point is relatively simple to grasp. There is, however, a large variety of shapes that can be created.

Here is another example of a drop fold.

How to draw a drop fold - anchor area

This example shows a drop fold created in cloth supported by an anchor area. The cloth is leaning against a ledge of some sort. Notice the different, hook-like shapes created in this example.

Now let’s make some order in the mess.

Drop folds, like all other folds, conform to the principles we learned earlier.

Let’s focus on two key principles:

1. The power of gravity is always present.
2. Folds radiate outwards from the anchor point or anchor area.

The most prominent characteristic of the drop fold is the direction of the fold, radiating downwards.

When supported by an anchor point, these folds tend to receive the shape of a cone. This happens because the cloth is held by the anchor point while being bunched up. As all the folds radiate downwards the cloth becomes wider and wider, taking the shape of a cone.

Here is a good example of this.

How to draw drop fold downwards

There is literally an infinite amount of drop folds, and the only way to study them is… you guessed it, using reference! (looking for them in the real world)

For this, take a towel and hold it in your hand, close to one of the edges. Hold it in the air and take a look at the folds created.

Now repeat this a few times, and notice how every time the folds look slightly different. This is the wonder of the drop fold – Basic, yet challenging.

And finally – watch my step by step video:

Keep looking for this fold in as many places possible, and slowly but surely you will be able to draw it yourself.

If you want more useful info on drawing folds in clothes, check out my book: How to Draw Folds and Clothes.

How to draw folds and clothes

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And until next time – take care!

– Liron

How to Draw an Arm: Male Figure

Hey friends!

In today’s drawing lesson I’ll teach you how to draw an arm of a male figure.

We’ll do this step by step, so you understand exactly how to draw the arm’s shape, including the muscles and the hand.

Check out the full video tutorial, or read on if you prefer text instructions (=

1. The Setup

I have a square that is 5.2 inches long on each side.

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 I divided it into 4 relatively equal parts, using two lines: horizontal and vertical.

In addition, there is another vertical line dividing the left half into a third and 2 thirds.

2. Beginning to Draw the Arm

Begin drawing the shoulder muscle, as well as the muscle “hidden” behind it.

how to draw an arm

The arm is facing towards us (while the hand is turned downwards). In this angle – these are the muscles we get to see.

3. Another Muscle

Add another long, oval-shaped muscle that begins below the shoulder muscle, and ends in the center of the square.

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4. Lower Part of the Arm

Next it’s time to add the lower part of the arm.

I will mention how I am, as always, using reference for this. I still can’t draw these things entirely from imagination.

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Actually, drawing this from memory is quite an amazing feat, that not many possess.

5. The Hand!

Hands are a well-known landmine for artists – but fear not! By using reference you are already somewhat immune.

In this angle, the hand is pointing downwards. We also see its inner part, and so the thumb is pointed towards us. There is some foreshortening going on too.

I begin with the area of the thumb.

how to draw an arm

Notice how the entire hand is going to be contained within that left-most third.

Next, I start drawing the fingers one by one. Make sure to have them pointing at slight different angles. This creates a natural look.

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Notice how I made the pinky point in a very different direction than that of the other fingers. That’s a nice little effect that helps convey looseness, and the absence of tension in the hand.

By the way, I believe I made the hand a tiny bit too small, but I’m still pleased with the result.

6. Let’s Add Some Shading

This is what’s going to really give the muscles their shape and volume.

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And this is it! Here is the final scanned result:

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I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and learned how to draw an arm. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below (=

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How to Draw a Female Figure’s Back: Shading Exercise

Hey friends!

In this drawing lesson I wanted to let you in on me exercising my shading skillz, while drawing a female figure’s back.

I lately came to realize that I have a LONG way to go when it comes to shading and the quality of tones, and so I wanted to share this with you.

There will probably be many, many more.

Here is the final result.

How to draw a female figure's back

I think the scanner made it look even more grainy, but still looks pretty nice.

Here are the main tips I have to offer:

1. Use a relatively soft (and dark) pencil, such as the B scale. You really want to be able to create those dark tones.

2. Hold the pencil at a lower angle. That way you get more lead-paper contact, and it’s easier to keep things light.

3. Work in small circles. This little trick will help make sure you get a gentle, even tone.

Anyway – check out the full video tutorial here: (=

And that’s it!

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How to Draw a Female Figure: Laying on Floor Pose

Hey Friends!

In this drawing lesson we’ll briefly talk about how to draw a female figure, in a laying down pose.

#1 – Skeleton Guidelines

The first step I took in order to draw the female figure, was using simple “stick figure” guidelines.

how to draw a female figure

This step is fairly simple technically, BUT a lot of anatomy knowledge needs to support it in order for it to be correct.

Try and understand the proportions of length of each part.

Notice how I have yet to indicate the hands and feet.

#2 – Giving the Skeleton Volume

In this step we will turn the skeleton into basic three-dimensional shapes.

Note how she is leaning on a mini sofa. This is something we’ll have to take into account in later steps.

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Our main shapes here are balls / circles, and cylinders. These represent the basic structure of the limbs and the core of the body.

Notice how they still DON’T convey the accurate shape of anything.

Also, I just wanted to note how the left hand (that’s leaning on the sofa) is foreshortened, as it is pointing towards us. This will become even more obvious in the next steps.

#3 – Drawing the Human Figure

In this step we’ll actually begin turning this simple three-dimensional representation into an actual female figure.

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This step requires actual knowledge of the shape of each limb or body part. This is the real challenge.

This step takes into account the structure in terms of muscles and fat too.

Notice how the left are sort of “sinks” into the sofa. This is a useful way to express the softness of the sofa, and her weight being applied on it.

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Now we can move onto the final step.

#4 – Shading

In this step we’ll shade the figure, giving it some more volume.

how to draw a female figure

I worked too fast, and the shading is a bit grainy and uneven. Be sure to work slowly, and perhaps use gentle circular motions with the pencil.

Check out the full video tutorial:

And that’s it!

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– Liron