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How to Draw a Figure

April 1, 201323 Comments

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Hey, my name is Stan Prokopenko, welcome to another lesson on Proko. Today I will be showing you guys how to draw a figure. This information was passed down to me through many generations of masters and took me an entire decade to master myself! It takes at least 10,000 hours to get the hang of this, so I suggest you start practicing now.

Ok, guys pay attention cause this gets tricky really fast. I’ll start the drawing with the head and I’ll simplify it to a circle, just like we learned in the loomis method. Then observe the torso and I’ll try to draw it as accurately as possible. This is important because it’s going to set the foundation for the rest of the drawing.

Next, let’s attach the arms. and don’t forget the legs. There’s a lot of anatomical nuances in the contours of the legs, so pay attention to that and try to design the shape, don’t just copy them.

If you want to get really complicated you can give your person some shoes, and maybe some gloves. And a hat.

And finally, you want to make sure that you capture the right expression of the face. I suggest you study yourself in the mirror, and really try to observe the muscles that are activated during various emotions. For this drawing I’m going to make my character happy.

Alright, there you go! You probably won’t be able to get it this good on your first try, but don’t give up. Keep working on it until you train your eye to see all the subtleties.

Apriiil Foooools. You thought I was going to start the figure drawing series. soorrryyy. its not done yet. Ok, I promise I will have a real episode done this week on “The Illusion of Depth”

Happy April 1st 😛

Buy an original Proko figure drawing at That is not a joke. I’m serious.

Continue on to the next lesson if you want to see me add anatomical detail to this figure.

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  1. yosafe says:

    you almost got me there Stan!
    OK, waiting for it


  2. Elena says:

    Haha, you got me.:) Look forward to next figure drawing series. Happy April 1st.

  3. Claudia Lima says:

    Real funny!!! April fools day to you too!

    • paul says:

      For a minute there I thought you had lost the plot, or if you were on drugs I want some too. Good to see some humor.

  4. Dorine says:

    Have had the required 10,000 hrs of figure drawing… and looking forward to Your Real figure drawing explanation. Awaiting with charcoal in hand… My stick figure—EHEHEH…

  5. Francisco says:

    Hahaha, you made my day Stan

  6. J.A says:

    You should pay for this….
    I was going to put a journal about you on my DA ((deviantart)) page ….but after that april fool ….i wont….
    Just kidding….i ll put a journal about your website
    Keep the good work…and hope you do your promise about drawing figure series…
    Good luck

  7. Becca Johnson says:

    That was awesome my kids and I were all laughing and enjoying your April Fools joke!

  8. Angela says:

    Happy April 1 from Canada-Odessa!!! Thank you:))))

  9. iMigraine says:

    That was great guys! Once I saw the body, I knew something was amiss.

  10. Beverly Bica says:

    Could you please do a video JUST demonstrating the shoes and gloves? I think it would be quite popular.

  11. LaísLa says:

    You made my day!

  12. Alberto says:

    Brilliant! I love your stuff.
    You had me until the torso came after that very suspicious circle head, I was like PUAHAHAHAHAHA! Still fooled me though because I thought a real one was coming after… 🙂
    Looking forward to the Illusion of depth!

  13. Rap says:

    Such a waste of time… I really thought that that is the figure drawing.. I did not pay for.. oh wait its free nice job man :D. Your videos helped me A LOT.

  14. Richa Singh says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha :D……

  15. Steve says:

    Hey Stan…thank u so much for enlightening me on the difficulties faced with figure drawing…I haven’t quite practiced for 10,000 hours yet but I’m working on and I think I’ve almost got it!….excellent tutorial, thanks

  16. Terry Carter says:

    Loved it!

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