Your fastest path to understanding and drawing the human body.


Have you wondered how to draw the human body? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about drawing flowing lines and graceful figures with ease. Jumpstart your figure drawing skills or take a refresher course on these fundamentals with studio artist Michael Parker.

Figure drawing can seem difficult and complex, but Michael Parker's beginner's guide quickly and easily breaks down the different stages of figure drawing, from simple lines and shape to sophisticated and fully fleshed poses. This course with guide you through every step of the figure drawing process, and will help you develop the skills you need to draw convincing figures with the proper sizes, shapes, and proportions. 

This course covers the basics — if you've never tried figure drawing before, this is the best place to start your journey. 


This course does not contain nude models.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to choose the best drawing tool for your work.

  • The mechanics of lines — how to make engaging marks on your page.

  • How to capture action and energy in a gesture pose.

  • How to properly proportion your figures while working from reference.

  • How to use shape and form when constructing your figure drawing.

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About the Instructor

Illustrator and Fine Art Painter

Michael Parker

Michael Parker is a freelance illustrator, fine art painter, and teacher. He studied Illustration at Brigham Young University and completed a Master's Degree in Painting at Laguna College of Art + Design. Michael's focus in his work is representing the human figure through the use of narrative. Michael is married to Mary Parker who is also a BYU illustration alumni, they have three girls, and a boy. He loves chocolate, kung-fu movies, a good car chase, turtles who know ninjitsu, and Norman Rockwell. He currently teaches at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. He resides in Springville, Utah. www.michaelsparker.com https://www.instagram.com/michaelparker12/

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Course Introduction

    • Types of Paper for Figure Drawing

    • Types of Drawing Medium for Figure Drawing

    • Course Materials

    • Suggested Materials List

  • 2

    Mark Making

    • Line

    • Curved Line

    • Assignment 1

  • 3

    Line of Action

    • Line of Action Introduction

    • Line of Action Demonstration

    • Assignment 2

  • 4

    Gesture

    • Shapes and Forms

    • Assignment 3

    • Assignment 4

    • Gesture Demonstration

    • Assignment 5

  • 5

    Proportion

    • Ideal Mannequin Figure

    • Mannequin Figure Demonstration

    • Assignment 6

    • Mannequin Figure Application

    • Assignment 7

  • 6

    Construction

    • Construction Drawing

    • Assignment 8

  • 7

    Conclusion

    • Course Conclusion

  • 8

    Resources

    • Swimsuit Male Part 1

    • Swimsuit Male Part 2

    • Swimsuit Male Part 3

    • Swimsuit Male Part 4

    • Swimsuit Male Part 5

    • Swimsuit Female Part 1

    • Swimsuit Female Part 2

    • Swimsuit Female Part 3

    • Swimsuit Female Part 4

    • Swimsuit Female Part 5

    • Swimsuit Female Part 6

  • 8

    assignments with downloadable PDFs.

  • 90

    minutes of video instruction and demonstration.

  • 484

    Includes 484 non-nude model photos to use as reference.

Reviews

Really helpful, clear and beneficial

Adam Thornton

Michael is clearly a very conscientious teacher who knows the needs of his students. His explanations and demonstrations are top notch and gives me confidenc...

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Michael is clearly a very conscientious teacher who knows the needs of his students. His explanations and demonstrations are top notch and gives me confidence in getting to know this difficult subject. In addition, the assignments are well thought out and there are also plenty of them (8 in total) which is excellent to help the student learn how to apply what they are learning. The addition of the hundreds of photographs of the models is the icing on the cake for getting in the plenty of practice to become proficient at these fundamental aspects of figure drawing. Brilliant stuff! Thank you so much for creating this one folks.

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Great start for figure drawing

Jeremy Ross

As a non traditional art student, I finally have the opportunity to learn figure drawing - with models and all! Awesome course!

As a non traditional art student, I finally have the opportunity to learn figure drawing - with models and all! Awesome course!

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Great class!

Anthony Connor

Very informative and detailed class about the fundamentals of Figure Drawing. I will definitely be practicing getting better at this craft.

Very informative and detailed class about the fundamentals of Figure Drawing. I will definitely be practicing getting better at this craft.

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Batsi Benneton Patacas

Great course, thank you for sharing your experience

Great course, thank you for sharing your experience

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Great teacher!

Sandra Jessop

This course came along when I needed to brush up on figure drawing. A valuable tool for any artist.

This course came along when I needed to brush up on figure drawing. A valuable tool for any artist.

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A great overview of the a figure Drawing Class

Billy Phillips

This is really good. I plan on on returning to it from time to time to practice these exercises.

This is really good. I plan on on returning to it from time to time to practice these exercises.

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