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From Drawing to Painting the figure

Lesson 1

Drawing the figure


In our first lesson, we will draw the figure, first with pencil, then with charcoal. You will learn/review how to measure proportions and direction of the movement, as these are the basic but most important steps into figure drawing and painting.


I will show you my favorite way of capturing the figure on paper.  Once You are comfortable with that technique, we will move on to loosening up with charcoal! The goal is, to put movement into your figure drawing.  For those of you, who are more fluent in figure drawing, please see this part as an addition of your repertoire.

  • Sketch the figure from a photograph

  • Add movement to your figure

  • Sketch the figure and make it your own


Any drawing/charcoal paper, white and colored (I’m using

Strathmore 500 Series and Strathmore 400 Series, Pastel paper)


  • HB pencil

  • Vine Charcoal

  • A piece of fat charcoal

  • A Kneadable and a regular white eraser

  • 1 white sock

  • 2 tennis balls

  • An art chamois or soft cotton rag

  • sharpener and medium sand paper

  • White soft pastel stick

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You'll be able to watch the individual workshop lessons right here on my site with lifetime access,

but in addition you can download the lessons onto your computer/drive, then you can watch it without WIFI!

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