Because learning to draw humans is a long journey. It’s important to make sure the early steps:

  • are going where you want to go
  • are fun and doable
  • give you a sense of real progression.

This mini-course has three modules involving a lot of guided practice designed to do just that. Plus it’s free and you can start straight away!

By the end of this free mini-course, you will have started to draw figures more accurately and more importantly, with the confidence to be more expressive. You’ll also have a clearer path for the next steps in your figure drawing journey.

Who's it for?

If any of the following statements sound like you, this course was made for you!

  • ‘I’m not sure where to start’
  • ‘There’s a lot of techniques and skills – it can get overwhelming’
  • ‘I’m not confident and I’m nervous to go to life drawing sessions or show people my drawings’

Just so you know, this course was made by an expert with amazing figure drawing skill (Mayko, aka my mum), but also by someone that is just starting to get over the feelings listed in the statements above (that’s me), and with the input of lots of figure drawing beginners.

What's in it?

Lesson 1: Introduction

After this lesson, you’ll know what this online course is all about, and also about how to approach the learning process, not getting overwhelmed and balancing taking in information and practising the techniques you learn.

Lesson 2: Movement lines

After this lesson, you’ll have drawn lines of movement on lots of figures, and started seeing them everywhere!

Lesson 3: Training your eye, arm and mind

After this lesson, you’ll have thought about the crucial role that your eye and arm play in drawing, and the preconceptions your brain might have that you need to tame to stop it from ruining your drawing

Lesson 4: Starting construction

After this lesson, you’ll have drawn a special stickman structure for lots of figures based on visible landmarks on the surface of the figure

Lesson 5: Adding mass with the ribcage

After this lesson, you’ll have drawn a simplified ribcage shape from lots of angles.

Lesson 6: Putting it together

After this lesson, you’ll have drawn constructions of figures using the superstickman with the ribcage and with a more advanced pelvic area. In this lesson we are going to start measuring angles and lengths to help with accuracy

Lesson 7: Measurements for proportions, positioning and angles

After this lesson, you’ll have started to use measurement techniques for difficult angles and lengths, as well as alignments to help make sure things are in the right place.

Lesson 8: Side and back views

After this lesson, you’ll drawn constructions from the side and back as well, where we will modify the process a little to take in the spine line and be introduced to the shoulder blades (scapula)

Lesson 9: Fleshing out the figure

After this lesson, you’ll have drawn figures turning the construction into a more fleshed out figure, using simple, straight lines. We go through some extra techniques for getting things in proportion, and we also start to look at areas of light and dark.

Lesson 9 exercises

Lesson 10: Recapping the process, and finishing expressively

After this lesson, you’ll have started to finalise the drawing by going back to bold, free flowing lines and hatching. We start in this fun and expressive way, and then we started to ensure our figure was ‘correct’ in terms of its structure and proportions by laying a solid foundation, but now we want to get back to those bold and expressive lines.

Take your first steps now - the whole thing is free!

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