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How To Draw People

like the old masters

Pen and Ink Portrait of a man

Pen and Ink Portrait of a man

Pen and Ink Portrait of a man

Pen and Ink Portrait of a man

Pen and Ink Portrait of a man

Pen and Ink drawing of feet

Black chalk drawing of a male torso

Black pen and ink portrait of a man

Black chalk drawing of a male torso facing right

Black chalk portrait drawing of a woman

Pencil drawing of 4 male bodies

Black chalk portrait of a female profile

Black chalk drawing of two male torsos

Black chalk drawing of the back of a man

Black chalk drawings of hands

Black chalk drawing of a man turned away to the right


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Because of your teaching lessons I discovered the figural drawing again for me and I have the feeling to really learn something ... step by step. Thanks for that ;-)

In a few weeks I would like to progress to the Advanced Class."
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Note: The links in orange are live and have content. The rest is coming soon.

1/ Approach To Drawing
– a bit of theory that goes a long way

1.1/ There is no such thing as Multitasking

1.2/ Copying versus Creating

1.3/ The Only 3 Rules

1.4/ Grasping the Complex

2/ The Basic Set–Up

2.1/ Materials – paper, drawing tools...

2.2/ Environment

3/ Drawing Basics

3.1/ Why Standing?

3.2/ How to hold A Pencil

4/ Drawing Practices

4.1/ The Shapes

4.2/ How to Steady the Hand

4.3/ Basic Perspective

4.4/ Foreshortening

4.5/ Imagine It and Draw It

5/ The Drawing magic

5.1/ The building Elements – line, plane, mass and contour lines

5.2 Flick that Light Switch

5.3/ The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation


Drawing Tutorials Online

This website is dedicated to those who wish to learn to draw well. This includes guiding you to discover where you are in your progress, inspiring you to feel more motivated and passionate; helping you overcome difficulties and the common mistakes everyone makes; build a network of fellow students meeting on the pages of the blog, exchanging knowledge and experience; teaching you how to achieve results doing what you love drawing.

You don’t have to struggle while learning. You are meant to express and share your creativity. It will take time, but this site can certainly help you get there, and large part of the resources here are free.

This site will set you on the right path in developing your skills and will suggest tools to follow through. This means there is a vast amount of free practical advice you can use, however you will have to define what is it you want to achieve. This site is dedicated to figure drawing. But the practical advice applies to any kind of drawing subject. Landscape, still life. The majority of the technique is the same for any drawing.

Why drawing? What is it good for? What do I get out of it?

Here are just a few “side effects” of learning to draw and drawing. Some of them are from my own experience and some from different sources on the net:

1/ Improves eye-hand coordination
2/ The ability to learn to draw is a gift we are born with
3/ Drawing can actually add synapses to your neurotransmitters. This means that
memories and experiences stored in your brain can become stronger, more vivid, and easier to access.
4/ Toddlers will draw long before starting school and parents naturally encourage children to draw
5/ Drawing helps your access the right side of your brain. Most people wind up as 80% analytical left brained problem solvers. More right brained activity allows for greater creative problem solving.
6/ When we need to figure something out, we draw it
7/ Increases intuition
8/ Drawing is the first and fastest tool for many professionals. Inventors, graphic and motion graphics designers, architects….
9/ Produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine
10/ Drawing supports and develops creativity and brings about success
11/ Your brain stem can actually get thicker
12/ Drawing is our natural tool of expression
13/ Your awareness of your surroundings can get sharper
14/ Drawing makes us notice details, be more present
15/ Your memory can improve
16/ To draw a picture of something is often much faster and effective than verbal description
17/ Drawing produces an overall state of alertness that all of your other brain functions can use for improvement
18/ If we don’t speak a language, we draw a picture
19/ Drawing investigates the truth, enriches out lives and adds beauty

…and the best of all:

20/ Drawing is not a privilege. Everyone with an average eye-hand coordination can learn realistic figure drawing. Everyone.

But it does so much more. It allows you to express yourself, to communicate your ideas and your relationship to your surroundings and the world.

I am not claiming it’s easy. Learning to draw takes some time, consistency and patience. If you are looking for "slide-of-hand-quick-fix-no-effort" solution, then you’re not looking in the right place. The knowledge presented on this site is for those who wish to learn to draw well and are willing to commit to it.

This site cannot practice your drawing for you, and it can’t teach you to become perfect. But then again, perfection is not the goal. If you want a portrait that captures the humanity under the surface, then focus on your relationship to what you are drawing and not the surface perfection. The very human condition is about imperfection.

As I said earlier, the perfection is not the goal. You are. Let me explain.

In amongst the billions of people on this planet, there’s only one single copy of each of us. Just one. Now consider, that only you can feel about things inside and outside of you as you do. No one else. No one else sees the world as you do. And no one else can draw it the way you do. The way you can draw is Unique. Please note the capital “U”. And so, if you don’t draw, the possible contribution of your drawn imagery is lost and the world is a lesser place because of it.

Are you beginning to feel the desire to draw? Now you can. And the information on this site starts from such basics as how to hold a pencil. And it keeps getting better because all you need for your basic set up is a couple of dollars to buy a drawing pad and a pencil. All the knowledge you need is (or shortly will be) here.

Below is a video about what good is it to learn to draw where I also share some of the stories from my experience.

Drawing Step by Step

Drawing is a complex activity and this site with many free lessons and tutorials is designed to help you on the way, avoiding what happens far too often. People usually get excited by the prospect of being able to draw, they jump right in not knowing what to expect, not knowing what to spend time and attention on to get results, they stick to it for a few days and then frustrated resign themselves to one or a combination of convictions such as: "One has to have a special talent, This is just another thing I am not good at, I have nothing to say".....when nothing could be further from truth. I have seen this many, many times.

I will say it again so that we are clear on this. Drawing of any kind and especially Figure Drawing is a complex activity and learning it requires time, effort and commitment. There's no other way. If you want to give it a go, then read on as this site has all the free tools to help you.

The free information starts from the basics and gives a solid foundation even to those beginners who know nothing about drawing. If you wish to continue after the basics towards figure drawing, there is a complete and detailed beginners course adding elements specific to figure drawing alone, such as human anatomy. Apart from the figure drawing course for sale, there is a stack of free videos on figure drawing as well. A particularly useful of these are the tutorials on the most common mistakes everyone makes when learning to draw the human figure.

The free drawing tutorials are arranged to take you through a series of "Aha!" moments of understanding that are then retained through your own practice. They are listed both under the "learning" tab at the top and in the column on the left. They are all free. Feel free to share them if you like.
Naturally, if there is a component you are already confident about,
skip to a lesson you need. Most of the lessons have both, written and video content. This follows the traditional method of learning as it was applied for hundreds of years when a master takes on an apprentice and shows him what to do to achieve results. A kind of a "peak over the shoulder".

"Approach To Drawing" gives you an insight into the concepts of drawing. They might seem a bit "dry" but are essential in wrapping your mind around figure drawing.

"Basic Set–Up" gives you a run down on basic and inexpensive materials to start with, equipment and the all important space you choose for your act of drawing.

"Drawing Basics" once equipped with concepts and in possession of your drawing tools, this part will advice you on the physical side of drawing.

"Drawing Practices" will give you practical tools and "How To"s on anything that came up so far in all the lessons above.

"Drawing – The Magic" delves into creative devices you can employ to achieve results. These will be demonstrated mostly through figure drawing although there will be examples of landscape, urban drawing and still life as well.

Who Is Robert Stollar

Robert Stollar is a sculptor focusing on realistic figurative work. His work uses the traditional sculptural workflow where each of the three parts is equally important. Starting with figure drawing where the human body is studied, ideas are clarified. These are then converted into clay sculptures where the ideas which emerged in drawing can be validated or further developed in the three dimensionality of clay. This stage is then followed by carving the ideas in stone.

He is self taught and therefore completely understands the process involved in learning to draw. He is intensely passionate about figure drawing and drawing in general and finds sharing his knowledge most rewarding. To learn more, see the About page.




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