View Full Version : Looking for advice on how to draw humans

04-08-2002, 09:16 PM
I've never really appreciated anime styles of humans b/c of the large eyes so i prefer to stay away from that kind of art. However, I was hoping that if any one who knows how to draw human beings in a more realistic way please respond with some tips. My main trouble is the face. (Steps or visual help would be appreciated)



04-09-2002, 01:47 AM
1) Go buy a book on proportions and anatomy
2) study and copy old masters, they are an incredible source for developping your skills. Study and copy draw the works made by Leonardo Davinci, Carravagio, Frans Hals, Velasquez, Michelangelo.

04-09-2002, 01:56 AM
ditto, and take a lifedrawing class.

04-09-2002, 04:02 AM
yep ! Ofcourse even better is Nature herself. But the old masters are *damn* close ;-)

04-09-2002, 04:39 AM

That's probably the most flexible method to use for getting facial proportions correct. Taking a portraiture or life drawing course would be a big help as well.

04-09-2002, 04:08 PM
May I say that manga/anime is based on studies of the human body! The only way to draw good manga/anime is to be able to draw real life human and then try make the characters look more abstract.... If you can't draw a real human you can't draw real manga/anime...;)

But anyway try looking at people on the street and remember what makes them look that way, try to learn expressions and poses... Buy a book a on human anatomy, I really helps to just copy some stuff from it, just to get the feeling of it!:wip:

Good luck!

04-09-2002, 08:36 PM
Alrighty, thanks for your suggestions. I'll see what i can do.:cool:

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