Drawing People

As an sports artist,  I have been commissioned to paint several famous athletes.  I always, work from several photos of the person, but here are some tips to keep in mind when painting or drawing people. If you are a beginner, this would help you to understand the skeletal framework for your first drawings. Let’s check it out!

  1. Simple Planes

Whenever you start drawing the head, I recommend starting with basic planes. It’s the best way to eliminated details and simplifies the human structure.

  1. Proportions

Focus on the basic proportions of the head. Such as the following;

a) Eyes: They are positioned almost in the middle of the face. They are about one eye width apart.

b) Nose: The bottom of the nose is on the middle of the eyebrows and chin.

c) Ears: They are between the horizontal line of the eyebrows and nose.

d) Mouth: It is about two-thirds of the way up from the chin, between the nose and chin.

  1. Basic Structures

In order to start drawing the human being, it’s important to reduce the human figures into geometric shapes, such as ovals.

  1. Gestural Framework

Adding a roughing gesture into your human figure can help to capture the essence in your drawings.