Stanislav Prokopenko: Figure Drawing Fundamentals

Video Length: 15 Hours 30 Minutes

This course is approachable enough for beginners and detailed enough for advanced artists. My philosophy is to teach timeless concepts in an approachable entertaining way. I believe that when you are having fun, you learn better. I take pride in producing high quality videos that you will enjoy watching and re-watching.

You'll learn how to find the motion of the body through gesture, and how to make it look 3-dimensional with structure. You'll also learn the landmarks of the body, proportions of average and idealistic figures, how to properly measure, how to keep your figures balanced, how to exaggerate, and how to shade. The end of the course includes a complete figure drawing demonstration from layering to shading.


Topics Covered

  • How to find the motion of the body through gesture
  • How to simplify the torso to quickly find its position using the bean and robo bean
  • How to mannequinize the body into its simplest forms to find structure
  • The landmarks on the body that we can use to measure and construct the forms
  • The proportions of an average and idealistic person
  • How to properly measure a figure in any position and get it plotted accurately on your paper
  • How to make the figure appear balanced
  • How to exaggerate your reference to make the drawing more interesting
  • How to shade the drawing after you have the linear drawing finished
  • A complete figure drawing from layering to shading
  • Critiques of real student drawings


List of Lessons

  • 1a: How to Draw Gesture
  • 1b: How to Draw Gesture – Step by Step – 15 examples
  • 1c: 30 second Gesture Quicksketch – 8 examples
  • 1d: 2 minute Gesture Quicksketch – 18 examples
  • 1e: Gesture Critiques with Marshall Vandruff
  • 2a: How to Simplify the Motion of the Torso – The Bean
  • 2b: Bean Examples – Tilt and Lean – 23 examples
  • 2c: Bean Examples – Twisting – 22 Examples
  • 2d: Bean Examples – Foreshortening – 13 examples
  • 3a: Structure Basics – Making Things Look 3D
  • 4a: Landmarks of the Body
  • 4b: Landmarks Example 1 – Back
  • 4c: Landmarks Example 2 – Front
  • 4d: Landmarks Example 3 – Another Back
  • 4e: Landmarks Example 4 – Extreme Scapula Position
  • 5a: How to Draw Structure in the Body – Robo Bean
  • 5b: Robo Bean Examples – Step by Step
  • 6a: Mannequinization – Structure of the Human Body
  • 6b: Mannequinization Examples
  • 7a: Structure Basics Critiques
  • 7b: The Bean Critiques
  • 7c: Landmarks Critiques
  • 7d: Robo Bean Critiques
  • 7e: Mannequinization Critiques
  • 8a: How to Draw Balanced Poses
  • 9a: How to Draw Exaggerated Poses
  • 9b: Exaggeration – Step by Step
  • 10a: Human Proportions – Average Figure
  • 10b: Human Proportions – Idealistic Figure
  • 10c: Human Proportions – Cranial Units
  • 11a: Measuring Techniques
  • 11b: How to Practice and Check Your Measuring
  • 11c: Drawing Yoni – Linear Lay in – Basic Shapes
  • 12 Prerequisite: Supplies Overview
  • 12 Prerequisite: How to Sharpen a Charcoal Pencil
  • 12 Prerequisite: Shading Light and Form – Basics
  • 12 Prerequisite: The Basic Elements – Shape, Value, Color, Edge
  • 12a: How to Hold and Control Your Pencil
  • 12b: Drawing Supplies I Use for Longer Drawings
  • 12c: How to Shade a Drawing
  • 13a: Yoni Figure Drawing Time lapse
  • 13b: Linear Lay in – Basic Shapes Same as Measuring lesson
  • 13c: Linear Lay in – Anatomical Forms
  • 13d: Linear Lay in – Shadow Mapping
  • 13e: Shading – General Tonal Composition
  • 13f: Shading – Upper Body Details
  • 13g: Shading – Legs Details
  • 13h: Shading – Background Elements & Final Touches


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