Top Ten Figure Drawing Mistakes ... and How to Fix Them
Forgetting to Simplify
Committing to Detail Too Soon
Painting On the Details
Stressing Over Perspective
Stressing Over Foreshortening
If you see a very large hand or fist coming at you, draw what you see. It takes practice to rely on your eyes rather than your notion of how a hand or knee should look. Studying proportions of the kneeling, standing, and sitting figure in Figure Drawing for All It's Worth is helpful.
Drawing the Head Too Big
Panicking Over Hands and Feet
Forgetting to Relate the Figure to the Space Around It
As a beginner, struggling with drawing the pose, it's easy to forget that the figure exists in an environment. Figure Drawing for All It's Worth has excellent tips for relating figures to the horizon and everyday objects.
Skipping the "Design" in the Body
You know design when you see it: the day your drawing gels into a lifelike being, greater than the conglomeration of parts. Copy Bridgman's drawings. Pick up some tricks from Figure Drawing for All It's Worth, such as making sure lines are curved where muscle overlays bone.
Relying on Fashion and Advertising Photography for Practice
Fashion photos have little shadow -- us artists need strong shadow. You can try drawing people in ads upside down to stretch your brain a bit, but first consider drawing from plaster casts or pictures of sculpture.
Thinking I'll Never Be "As Good As" Somebody Else
The are no secrets to figure drawing. There are principles and tips laid out in books and by teachers that help you practice and become better. Keep in mind that no other artist will ever have your gift -- you bring your unique self to your work.
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