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.
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.
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.
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.
Now we can move onto the final step.
#4 – Shading
In this step we’ll shade the figure, giving it some more volume.
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.
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And that’s it!
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