Figure Drawing Lessons 2/8 – Drawing Human Proportions Using Stick Figures

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Figure Drawing Lesson Series [2 of 8] – Drawing Human Proportions Using Stick Figures

Video Transcript:

Hi, and welcome back to the second video in this lesson series on how to draw the human figure.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the first video yet, I recommend that you do that right now and then come back to this one.

To watch the first video, just click on the link below…

Lesson #1:

Just as a quick recap, in the last video, we talked about the big reason why so many artists struggle with learning figure drawing.

I told you about the story of my co-instructor Michael and how he really hurt his long term success by skipping over the fundamentals.

And I also hinted at what I believe to be a big secret to your success in figure drawing… which is a structured step-by-step approach to learning that’s designed to teach you a number of critical skills, each one building on the last.

So in this video, we’re going to dive deeper into this “structured approach” and I’m going to reveal the first ingredient in our figure drawing success formula.

And that is…


Not surprisingly, proportion is one of the most important skill to develop. Until you really understand how to draw human proportion, you drawings will never look right.

It’s the core foundation that everything else we will learn will be based on.

But for some reason, this is also the biggest sticking points for most beginners. But today, we’re going to fix that!

I’m going to show you a simple drawing exercise that will help you make sense of proportion and allow you to really lock in that knowledge and make it a part of you.

Let’s go over to the drawing table and get to it!

So the key to this exercise to to construct a basic figure completely from scatch. By doing this, it’s going to help you to understand the rules that governs how a human body is put together.

And it’s going to help embed all those rules of proportion into your mind and make it second nature.

So let’s begin.


There you have it. We’ve just created our own human body from scratch, complete with it’s own rules and measurements.

Congratulation! You now know more about drawing human proportion than 90% of beginner artists.

Now it’s time to imprint what you just learned into your long term memory.

Research studies have shown that when we are first exposed to new information (lectures, articles, tutorials), the vast majority of that knowledge slips out of your short term memory within the first 30 minutes.

But there an easy way to remedy this problem and that’s by employing a technique called, “Spaced Repetition”

It’s basically the idea that reviewing a piece of new information over a period of time will cement it into your mind and dramatically increase retention.

So here’s your homework for today:

Immediately after watching this tutorial, take out a clean piece of paper and repeat the exercise we just did.

Try remember as much on your own as you can. Even when you can’t immediately recall something, try for a while.

By putting in effort to remember rather than just passively referring back the the lesson, you’ll actually make the information stick much deeper.

And when you really can’t remember, go ahead and refer back the this lesson.

Then repeat this again 30 minutes later. Then one more time 1 hour later. And finally once more the next day.

By doing this you will solidify everything you’ve learned and lock it into your long term memory.

Oh and by the way, you can apply this concept to anything you learned for maximum effectiveness.

Of course, there’s a lot more to learn about human proportion, but this exercise should give you a nice head start.

In tomorrow’s lesson, we’ll learn about how to apply perspective your figure to make it look more 3 dimensional and interesting.

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