How To Draw People

Learning how to draw people is easy if you follow proper directions. You can take some art classes with an accredited online school if you're really serious about learning to draw.  Getting registration information is easy - all you have to do is click here and fill out a brief form!

There are different categories under which people can be drawn - you can do them as cartoons, as manga art or graffiti or even simple stick figures! To make a lifelike drawing of people you must be able to get a good idea of the proportion between the various body parts, from the neck and upwards, the torso and hands, and finally, the lower limbs and feet. In this article we will cover how to draw basic human bodies with the help of geometric shapes, then how to fill out the various characteristics, so that you will be able to draw a full human figure at the end of this article. Practice and then you can draw as many people in as many styles as you wish!

Step 1

Materials needed. Since this is a guideline on how to draw a basic human body, you will only require some drawing paper, soft lead pencils and an eraser. Once you've gained some experience with drawing, you can progress to using colors in different mediums such as paints or crayons or ink.

Step 2

Make the face. To draw a human face, first draw an oval shape towards the top end of the paper. Bisect this oval with a vertical line from the top of the oval to the bottom. Remember that all the shapes and lines you will be drawing are meant to be reference point for the actual drawing, so use soft pencils for this activity. Draw another line horizontally in the middle of the oval from left to right. You should now have the oval shape split into four quarters. Bisect the lower two quarters with another horizontal line; this line should be equidistant from the first horizontal line and the bottom plane of the oval.

Step 3

Drawing the eyes. The eyes should be drawn at either side of the vertical line, you can shape them as two circles on either side or as shallow and slightly long curves (like long brackets) with the first horizontal line falling in between the two. Fill out the eye structure by providing eyelashes and the pupils and complete by sketching thin or thick arches over the eyes to resemble eyebrows. These can either be a thin line or a thicker collection of closely drawn parallel lines depicting the hair in the eyebrows.

Step 4

Drawing the nose. The nose should be drawn in the space between the two horizontal lines, with each nostril falling on either side of the vertical line. Connect the two circles you've drawn as nostrils with a flowing horizontal S forming one crest and two valleys.

Step 5

Drawing the mouth. The mouth will be placed on the second horizontal line, one lip above the line and the other below the line. The upper lip can be shaped in the form of a bow, while lower lip resembles a shallow curved basin.

Step 6

Adding the ears and hair. Add ears at the outer sides of the oval, starting the ear curve from the same point as the centre of the eyes already drawn. At the top end of the ear, draw an inner line which follows the top ear curve to give the appearance of the earlobe and in the middle of the ear draw a semi-circle touching the edge of the oval and shade it to depict the inner parts of the ear. Repeat the same on the right side of the oval as well. On the top half of the oval, leaving some space between the oval line and the eyebrows for the forehead, fill in hair after drawing a simple hairline. Cover the hair around the sides of the oval over the top of the ears as well.

Step 7

Neck and torso. For the neck, draw two straight lines on either side of the end curve of the oval, and below that draw a slightly square rectangle to depict the chest and stomach parts.

Step 8

Drawing the limbs. On either side of the rectangle at the top, sketch a cylindrical tube to depict the hands, at the bottom of the rectangle draw two longer cylinders to resemble legs. Add the palm and fingers to the hands and feet with toes for the legs.

Step 9

Shaping the figure. Provide depth and contours to the figure made, rounding out the top side of the rectangle and connect it to the hands to make shoulders. Draw an open or closed collar around the neck to suggest that the figure is clothed. Repeat with the legs by drawing a pair of trousers or a skirt if you're figure is meant to be a woman. Use shading and curving lines to change the geometric shapes to resemble a human outline.

Step 10

Erasing the lines. Erase all the vertical and horizontal lines you've drawn to give you a reference, using a clean eraser. Once you have the basic figure, you can use a darker pencil to draw the complete figure and fill in the clothes.

You can take some online classes in art to help you develop your skill.  It will take some time before you've mastered the technique of drawing people.  The best way to do this is to constantly practice, until you feel more comfortable and to then begin experimenting with different shapes, profiles and colors.


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