How To Draw A Person Sitting Down
How To Draw A Person Sitting Down. In this video, one is shown how to draw a sitting figure by using a reference image. Although it only goes into the basic outline, and not any specific details, it will be a great help to anyone who is just learning to draw, and even those who have drawn for years.
Hello, my name's Paul Rinkin, I teach at the Insight School of Art in North London, and I'm going to show you some drawing exercises that you might like to try. I'm going to do a drawing of a figure sitting down. I'm going to start with the head, and I'm going to put the head slightly to the right hand side of the page, because the head is slightly to the right of the photograph.
Then going to have a line coming down the neck, and put the shoulders in, like so. I can then have a look at the inside of the arm, it's further out than the side of the head, so there's the side of the head, and then to the inside of the arm is further out, I can put it in here. I can measure the head, one head, two, to under the armpit, three, to the inside of the arm.
So it's one head, two, under the armpit, so I'm a bit high up there, and then three, to the inside of the arm. So I know where I'm aiming for. There's the inside of the arm, and the arm starts to come across like that.
There's the end of the T-shirt to the elbow, and the arm will come, will start coming around there. Just on the inside of the arm, there is the waist there. And on this side, the inside of the arm is quite far from the side of the head, because the figure is slightly turning, and there's the T-shirt there.
And the arm comes there. There's the sleeve, inside of the arm. It makes a really nice negative space there, that's the space that I can see through.
So if I get that right, I know I've got the space right there. The outside of the arm, like so. Now here, with the arm that's coming towards me, I need to draw what I see, not what I think I see, and that means I have to just be aware that this is fore-shortened, so I need to make it smaller, and then the hand will come this way, because it's coming towards me, it looks like it's smaller.
Going to put the hand in just a bit like a glove to start with. The leg is coming across, going slightly downwards. Sometimes it's worth using our pencil, say well that's horizontal, that's going slightly down to the left.
So it's slightly down to the left, and making sure I've got enough space to show the whole length of the leg. So it comes round like that, there's the inside of the trouser leg, underneath the leg, past the hand, and then that's where it goes towards the chair. And then the other hand, which is going to fit in here.
Once again, just drawing like a glove for now, detail can be done later. You don't want to get bogged down with detail too soon. Once again, we got a leg here that's fore-shortened.
I'm going to check with the size of the head. One head, so from, from the hand is one head, and three-quarters. So one head from the hand, one, and about three-quarters there, so I don't want to go any further than that.
So that comes from the hand, there's the shorts, that comes from there, down from inside the elbow, and then I can see the back of the leg, there, and that's where the foot comes down, really distorted view, like that. And the calf comes around there, like so. This leg here, the foot comes down to the same distance as this one.
So we got the back of the leg, to the heel, foot, and then the foot comes down on that angle there. We can also put in things like the chair so the person's not floating, making sure I draw the spaces that I see. And like I say, you can always put in detail later, but the most important thing is first of all to get the proportions of the figure right first of all.
So that's how you can draw a figure who's sitting down. .