Figure Drawing Fundamentals

Course by Stan Prokopenko
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Stan Prokopenko
Learn Figure Drawing in an approachable and entertaining way.
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Andrei Kladov
My works after I have finished this cource. I really loved paint with no pincil sketch btw (pic #5). Feedback is extremelly appreciated.
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Moonfey
Congratulations on finishing the course, that’s a great accomplishment! Great work! My favorite is the first drawing, I love the rhythm of it, very gestural and beautiful!
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Ibrahim El Shazly
You are still drawing pure contour
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crusmat
Hi, I'm currently practicing mannequinization. I know I have still to work a lot on the line quality but I would like some feedback on the exercise and if this is how I should approach it :) (sorry for the photo quality too)
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Ibrahim El Shazly
Pretty good job, I can see you have struggled with placing the boxes for the ribcage and pelvis, mainly with their axes, try to remember how the two masses have an opposing tilt to each other. This means that in the front view you will se bottom plane of the ribcage box, and the top plane of the pelvis box and the opposite is true for the back view! In your fourth page, you nailed the tilt of the pelvis but lost the opportunity to showcase the perspectives of the ribcage! Look at the shoulders, by showing the top plane of the box you would have been much clearer with the perspective. Try using cylinders to showcase the perspective of a pose alongside boxes, it will help you understand whether a form is receding or coming towards you more easily
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Kei
Hello! These are some good attempts, only I will advice you to remove the lines inside as they take away the attention. Put lines on the places where the bones and the muscles are the most visible in order to give more volume and make it more believable. I hope that this helps!
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nahgul
Hey, I’m fairly new to gesture drawing and I’d like some critique/advice so that I can improve. Here are some of my 60-second gesture drawings:
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Rajat Sharma
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Aviv
1mo
Hi Im sharing a few more gesture drawings after watching the first portion of these videos.. feedback is really welcome :)
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eeklein
Nice work Aviv! One thing I would suggest is trying to draw continuous lines. I see that sometimes the legs of some of your poses are made up of smaller lines instead of one continuous line. One way to help with that is drawing from your elbow or from your arm so it’s easier to extend those lines further. Looking forward to seeing your next round of practice!
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Jeys
1mo
Just started drawing gesture! I was wondering if this is a valid way of drawing gesture or should I follow the instructions to a T?
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Dan B
Gesture is really tricky! You essentially want to capture the 'energy' or 'flow' of the pose. I think the easiest way (I've found anyway) to learn gesture is to start with the Force Drawing videos about gesture by Mike Mattesi and apply those ideas to the Proko lessons. There's no real rules so to speak (your drawings definitely have energy/flow and are not stiff), but a way to think about it is per animation: how would the pose move? What is the character going to do next? Where is the movement or strongest forces through the body? Try to bring those things out... as said though, it's not easy, particularly early on while still grasping things like proportion, angles and line control! Oh and some poses are bad for gesture, a figure standing still, directly front on with hands by their sides doesn't give you anything to work with for gesture :)
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jasonpinto
Just started with gesture, did some 30 sec gestures, feedback is welcomed.
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Luca Funckner
Really nice hand men. If you are just starting just practice more and then others will be able to help you better. For the moment follow the lessons and practice the assignments
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Yuri
1mo
Lesson 1/57 Hello! I tried to draw gestures before step by step lesson.  I would appreciate it very much if you could point out anything.
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Chad Philander
These are amazing. Your lines are so good and smooth. Nice work!
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Yuri
1mo
Wrong size...
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Praneet Akki
Some landmark studies
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Estif Yons
Working on robobeans. Would appreciate critique on perspective, foreshortening, twisting, construction...basically anything.
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Aviv
1mo
This looks really good, the gesture looks aparent, the 3d'ness of the form and the proportions look great to me
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Chad Philander
These look really good!!! Great work
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Kristian Nee
Great job Estif! I can tell you're getting a hand of these concepts. You'll be hitting your art goals in no time. What I would say is pay more attention to the gesture of the drawing. You're doing a good job on these, but these like they're not in motion. What I was told by Stan and my teachers at the Watts Atelier is to keep CSI in mind. C lines S lines and I lines (straights), anything more complicated than that at this stage in the drawing will begin to over complicate things. Start with gesture first, then move onto structure. When you run out of structure to do, start doing more gesture. @Erik Gist's quick sketch is a great example of this. Steve Huston defined gesture as "The movement between forms". You want to focus as much as you can on the big picture. Once you have that down, the structure is easy. Forgive the messiness, but this what I'm talking about. Focus on the big forms above all with very simple lines, then adding more. I hope this helps and good luck! -Kristian
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Adam Shaban
Hello! I just wanted to ask as a beginner artist if I should start with the anatomy course or with the figure drawing course
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George
Figure drawing for sure, but if you are qurious about anatomy no one is going to stop you enjoying it.
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yotastrejos
I think that this course can be a little advance if you are a total beginner. I think it can be a good idea to learn some general fundamentals first. I think that a good place to being is the Draw a Box and around the Lesson 3 in that course you have enough fundamentals down to begin with this course.
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Estif Yons
Stan Prokopenko said on The Draftsmen that a beginner should definitely do the figure drawing course first.
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