How To Draw A Person Step By Step

How To Draw A Person Step By Step

This VideoJug film is designed to help you draw a person proportionally and realistically. These steps show you how to draw a person using a picture.

Hi, my name's Cory, and I teach at the Insight School of Art in North London. I'm going to show you some drawing exercises you might like to try. I'm going to show you how to do a drawing of a person, step by step.

First, I'm going to decide where I want the figure to fit onto the piece of paper. I can then divide that space up into head heights. So if I measure here, there's the height of the head, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and about a half, so I can divide this into seven and a half.

Let's see, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and a half. So, we'll end it at here. I can then put the head in, which is an egg, like so.

I can put a line going straight down; note the figure is facing straight. One head down, one, two, comes to the end of the sleeves, so I know the end of the sleeves needs to be about here. So the neck, down like that, and the sleeves there; neck, shoulder, sleeves, a bit further down.

The waist is one, two, three, four, so I'm aiming for the waist of the t-shirt to be here. I can now fit the t-shirt in, like so. And there's the t-shirt fitting in.

The end of the shorts. That was four, so five, six, and a bit. The end of the shorts are just here, one there, and one there, in line, almost, with the outside of the body, so the shorts fit in here and here. And then the V shape in the center is here and here.

Hands come down about one head height further down than the end of the t-shirt, so the hands come down here. People often draw the arms and the hands too short. It's there, there, like so, and the hand comes around and goes behind the figure there, and then this arm comes down to here, around the hand, and I'm just going to suggest this hand a bit of a loop, and then goes behind the body again.

And then the legs still coming down on the same same angle, the toes are in line with the outside of the hands, like so. The feet are coming towards me, so I'm just going to draw what I really see. I don't want to draw a long foot if the foot is coming towards me.

All I can see is a shape that looks something like that. And on this side, the foot comes down, it comes out, and you see a shape that looks like that. So, I took the height of the head, I measured how many times the head goes into the whole height of the figure.

I then divided my picture into seven and a half. Some people might be six, six and a half, seven; some people might be eight, so you have to check each person individually. I then started plotting out what is one head down, what's two heads down, what's three heads down.

And then I started working out what was in line vertically, and what's in line horizontally. So, this is how you can draw a person step by step.