Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Manci Zeelgal


For most artists, their dream is to take an image from their mind and put it on paper. (To learn more about portrait drawing, check out this article on eye drawings)

Well, in order to do that, we must first know the basic structure of the human body like the back of our hands.

Understanding the anatomy and proportion of the human body is key to figure drawing.

In this article, I will try to teach you how to embed the human figure and its proportion into you mind. Once you master this skill you'll be able to easily and effortlessly drawing the human form from you mind.

The secret weapon that we are going to use to accomplish this goal is an idea called, "Mastery Through Invention."

The basic concept of "Mastery Through Invention" is this: When you INVENT something from scratch using your own imagination, you instantly comes its MASTER and that invention will be permanently embed into your brain. And you'll never forget or have any problem recreating it.

Let me show you how this works.

Take out a piece of paper and draw any shape you'd like.

Alrite, now crumble that paper up and throw it away. Make sure you can't see what you just drew. Good. Now take out a blank piece of paper and draw that EXACT same shape again. I'll wait.

All done? Were you blown away by your newly discovered photographic memory? Cool, huh?

You just experienced the effect of this concept first hand.

"That's great. But what does this have to do with figure drawing and how to draw people step by step?"

Great question! See, the reason so many artists struggle with remembering what the human body is suppose to look like is because they perceive that knowledge to be OUTSIDE of themselves. They were never the CREATOR of the human form, and so they never truly UNDERSTAND that knowledge.

Just pretend that there is no such thing as the human body and that you are going to create it from scratch. Then re-build the human body using the rules of proportion that you know about.

And by doing so, we will own that knowledge forever!




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