How to Draw Shoulders in 3 Easy Shapes

The problem: complicated anatomy Have you ever been drawing the figure from a side or front view and become quite confused about what you’re seeing in the upper shoulder and upper back? You might find a variety of unfamiliar bumps and indents which don’t make much sense. This article is here for you!     […]

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4 Easy Steps To Finally Conquer Foreshortening

    It’s so easy to make the figure feel flat like it’s not three-dimensional. Why is that? Because the drawing surface is flat! The drawing is two-dimensional and so every time we’re trying to create a drawing that has depth to it, that has a third dimension, it’s always a magic trick, an illusion. […]

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How to Draw Arms – Beginner to Pro

  How you draw arms depends on your experience level. So let’s look at the process of drawing arms across 5 levels of experience. This is also an interesting example of how to tackle any area of the figure based on where you are in your learning journey. Total Novice If you just started life […]

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How to learn anatomy – 5 DOs and DON’Ts

  DO #1: Do understand the role that anatomy is going to play in your figure drawings It’s not just a case of learning where muscles start and end, and then suddenly your figure drawings will all look amazing. Anatomy is part of a bigger machine of skills. There’s gesture, there’s simplifying your values into interesting […]

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Rewire your brain to master art – Four Steps

  Something that never ceases to amaze me about learning art skills is how long it takes between understanding the idea and the principle and being really good at that thing. Probably one of the top three most important skills in art is lerning ) simplifying your values into a simple structure. This is one […]

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advice for shading figure drawings

Popular but bad SHADING advice

  “Ok so here’s how you shade, you get the blending stump and you carefully smoosh the tones around and add fine gradations and nuance, and boom! You have shaded your figure to perfection!” I downloaded the TikTok app and did everything i could not to get sucked in to the addictive dopamine vortex. I […]

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Popular but BAD drawing advice – top 3

  This article isn’t about advice that’s obviously wrong and really easy to avoid, like to draw a hand just put your hand down and draw around it. We’ll focus on stuff where it’s more nuanced and difficult to see that it’s not great, because those are the ones that’ll catch you out. These are […]

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7 tools to give WEIGHT to your figures

  You only realise how important these topics are when you’ve been practising and you’re serious about it. So you know how important weight is in figure drawing, let’s get the tools needed to succeed with it. Spot the difference in these two sketches of the same pose below. Hopefully you agree that the one […]

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How to achieve BALANCE in your figure drawings – 3 easy steps

Most of the advice you’ve heard on this has probably either been impossible to implement or just wrong. A lot of figure drawings don’t have the figure balanced, I’ve done millions of drawings like that, and it feels weird for the viewer. So let’s get your figures balanced. The really cool thing is that often […]

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