Drawing Basics TRACK: Lesson 2, 6 Hours of Figure Drawing


  • Complete six hours in total of gesture drawings of human figures.
  • We recommend that each drawing session is a minimum of one hour so you have time to warm up and sharpen your skills.
Figure Drawing: Gesture


Toaster, Tent, Steen, Pat McIlroy

Timed Drawing Videos

Our videos makes drawing practice easy: get your drawing supplies and follow along as each pose plays with a timer. See all our timed drawing videos.

Timed drawing videos.

Recommended media

Sketchbook that is around 9″ x 12,” pencil, colored pencil, Caran d’Ache Neocolor I Crayon


Look up figure drawings by Raphael, Pontormo, Paul Cadmus, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens

Two minute Gesture Drawings

This video demonstrates how to do two minute gesture drawings using stills of figures from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action.

Prof Lieu explains how to capture the most essential masses and forms of the human figure within two minutes. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Top Figure Drawing Mistakes

Avoid these mistakes when drawing the human figure! Common mistakes are tracing the outline of the figure, drawing too dark too soon, leaving the hands and feet to the last minute and more.

See these mistakes demonstrated, and followed up with showing more effective and efficient techniques for drawing the figure. Reference photos from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action.

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