Drawing the human figure requires patience and persistence. You will need a pencil and an eraser, and a flat, well-lit drawing surface. Use paper that you are comfortable with. You don't necessarily need expensive art paper - I use printer paper! I find that it works best for me, but you may feel differently.
Before drawing the final outline of the body, I draw the individual shapes that make up the body. It just helps to know where the lines will start and where they will stop, and where I need to add muscle form. These shapes are in the form of circles, ovals, stretched ovals and rounded-edge triangles. Here's how:
1. Start by drawing an oval for the head. If you are having trouble with this shape, it might help to draw it over and over again, until you have a feel for the shape. TIP: A human figure is generally 7 - 7.5 heads tall, so you could actually draw 7 ovals in a vertical line, and use this as a helpful guideline!
|Look what simple shapes can create!|
3. Create an upside-down triangle for the shoulders. You can try changing the angle for a different pose.
4. Place a circle under the triangle.
5. Now sketch another upside-down triangle for the hips. Two circles can follow under each bottom corner of the triangle for the legs.
6. Connect these circles with elongated ovals for the thighs, circles for the knees, and two more elongated ovals for the lower legs.
7. Once you are ready to draw the feet, decide at what angle you would like them to face and sketch them using triangles, blocks or ovals.
8. Now you can take either your pencil (Or your pen - it's up to you if you feel comfortable enough to use pen. You can always start off with using the pencil and then finalize with pen.) and create an outline around all the shapes!
The Right Tools for Drawing Fashion
While it depends on your personal preference, some tools will just work better for you than others. That's why it's a good idea to try different media, alternate and switch up every now and then. Art is, afterall, everchanging, and your needs will too. For quick and simple sketches, a single pencil may do the trick. For more ethereal, softer illustrations, you may want to lean towards watercolors. For bold and striking art, colored markers will do the job! But it's all up to you...