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How silhouette shading can improve your figure drawing skills

teacher avatar Milan Glozić, Painter, illustrator, Designer

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7 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. 001 class introduction

    • 2. 002 class material

    • 3. 003 before we start

    • 4. 004 warm up

    • 5. 005 main exercise

    • 6. 006 class project

    • 7. 007 the next step

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About This Class

Hello and welcome to my new class.

In it I’ll try to show you how to get better at drawing and more importantly understanding human figures with simple cross hatching. There are many ways you can get into drawing a human figure but also there are many pitfalls that can pose a problem in that way. In this class I offer a different solution and focus solely on the figure and movement. Get better at figure drawing and fast, all along practicing crosshatching that will be super important no matter what you're drawing and what your subject is.

The truth is simple but often overlooked, we need to work on ourselves if we want to get better at a specific craft. In this class I prepared 2 sets of exercises that I myself have been doing for a while and think are very beneficial. There are warm ups and then there are human figure shading exercises. Those are exercises that you should try out and see how they improve your drawing skills. Good for beginners but also for people who are further along the way. No matter how good you are, you still need to exercise your core abilities. Just like going to the gym. Find a time in a day or a week and give it all you got. Or even better, use these exercises as a routine before starting your drawing sessions to get in what I would call a right zone of drawing.

At the end of the class you’ll know how to prepare yourself to:

  • Create any figure drawing,
  • Capture different poses in a very short time,
  • Get better at cross hatching and use it in your everyday work,
  • Try different ways of holding the pencil to get optimal results and so on.

Like riding a bike, things you learned will always remain with you and it will take you a very short time to get back to it even after a break from drawing. Main part for you is your project and your drawing so I dedicated an entire video just for that. And as I see it the most important part I look forward to seeing your work and giving you feedback.

Hey, but that’s not all as this is just a first out of five classes in this series dedicated to helping you get better at drawing human figures with a step by step approach, a lot of examples, demos, exercises and tips about drawing and all that good stuff. So stick around for the last video in this class to find out more about how to turn simple shapes into figures, why anatomy doesn’t have to be such a daunting task, drawing hands can be fun once you understand how to do it and finally what it takes to make a portrait.

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Milan Glozić

Painter, illustrator, Designer


Milan was born in Pozarevac, Serbia in 1979. From an very early age he got interested in drawing comics, painting nature and inventing games that he could than play with his brother and sister. He graduated on University of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2003.

He works predominantly in the medium of traditional painting, but his art includes digital illustrations and book covers. He has had solo and group shows in Belgrade at Progress Gallery, National Gallery in Pozarevac, "In the face labyrinth" exhibition in Amsterdam at Arps and Co Gallery and many more. Also, he is a Top level designer at 99Design platform where he made various book cover and illustrations for publishers and clients across the world.

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1. 001 class introduction: Hello and welcome to my new class. I'll try to show you how to get better at drawing and more importantly, understanding figure with simple cross hatching. Yes, You caught me right? Casket. There are many ways you can get into drawing the human figure, but also there are many pitfalls that can pose serious problems that way. In this class, I a different solution and focused solely on the figure and movement. Get better at it and fast. All along, practicing crosshatching, that will be super important no matter what you're drawing. And 12 subjective. So let's dive deeper and see what will we cover in this class. My name is Miller, and I've been teaching drawing and painting since 2003. Here on Skillshare, I have over 15 class is about drawing. And in this class, we'll focus on the main salute to the human body. Being able to quickly captured the pose and know how to connect all the parts together in a satisfying way. We will enable your further improvement with Figure Drawing. Exaggerating shapes to make more stylized look, or simply have confidence to create original characters from your imagination or with the help of a little bit the reference images. How are you going to be able to do this? Well by practice and exercise. In the same way, athletes exercising prepare for the biggest trials and to great results. We, as we'll need to work on our drawing skills to be the top of the game. And it's also very fun thing. Once you get used to it, we need to work on ourselves. If we want to get better at the specific craft. In this class, I prepared two sets of exercises the time myself have been doing for a while and I think are very beneficial. There are worms and then there are human shading exercises. Those are the exercises that you should try out and see how they improve your drawing skills. Good for beginners, but also good for people who are further along the way. At the end of class, you will know how to prepare yourself for any figure drawing. Captured the front forces in very short time, get cross hatching, and use it in your everyday work. Dr. Wei's holding a pencil to get optimal results and so on. Main part for you is your content in your drawing. So I dedicated an entire video just for that. And there's a seed that is the most important part. Hey, but that's not though, as this is just first five classes in this series dedicated to helping you get better at drawing human figures with a step-by-step approach and lots of examples, demos, exercises, and tips about drawing and all that good stuff. So stick around for the last video in this class to find out more about how to turn simple shapes in the figures. Why anatomy doesn't have to be such a daunting task that drawing hands can be a fun thing once you understand how to do it in finally, what it takes to make good porch. If all this sounds interesting, Let's start right now and get on that figure drawing together and make some great art along the way. So, see you in the next video. 2. 002 class material: Hello and welcome. Thanks for joining the class. I really hope you'll find it helpful and interesting. For the start of the class, Let's take a look at the materials and how to use them in this class. If you're working traditionally, you grow printing paper for the first set of exercises as they are just a warm-up. And I would recommend it comes to pencils to use ordinary wooden pencils or pens, whichever way works for you. If you're working digitally, that's fine too. Just make sure that using a pencil brush and the size of the brush is relatively small. File dimensions of a for paper with resolution of 300 DPI, with the brush size of eight, 10 pixels is optimal if you're working this way. Now, before we go into the exercise, let's take a look at how we can use our drawing tools. So when you draw, you can draw holding the pencil very close to the tip of the pencil. And those are good for the details. But if you have, if you want to have longer lines, you can consider drawing from the middle of the pencil holding it like this. And you have, like I said, longer lines. And also that way you can draw from the wrist, not from the fingers but from the wrist. And finally, you can hold the pencils at its end and drawing fingers or also from the wrist. Another way that I'm used to hold two pencils, and especially when I'm using the bigger scale drawing is like this. But then I didn't draw it with pencils, but an ordinary pencil or charcoal pencils. So when you work with this kind of material, new practicing working wisdom materials, remember too, tried to make longer lines and not these smaller, shorter strokes that show in decisiveness. And by holding the pencil at this, it's much easier to make these kind of lines that straight or curved. And remember, when you're drawing this piece of paper that will be underneath your palm and the top of your drawing. That two way to avoid smudging your work, like you see here. Now, with that out of the way, let's talk about how to place your lines on the paper. It is better to have the line that soups and gently touches the paper and then lifts up. It doesn't abruptly touches the paper and then goes on. So it's soups and slightly goes off. So when you make the drawing and try to make these kinds of lines, Let's see here. For example, in this piece is a piece of paper. Your line should go like this. It doesn't have abrupt, it doesn't have edges. It doesn't go like this. And then down, so it will be the better and this would end. You should try to avoid this. So for example, when you're drawing, make these kinds of lines that are thicker in the middle. Or you use technical pencil, it doesn't matter. Important to you should try to make different holding positions of the pencil. And you can, there are cases where you can de, are useful, but they are in specific cases when you warm up, used to try to avoid those things as these are good only for details. So try to get into the right side of drawing and get yourself in that zone. Another thing that you could try, and it's also do him good movement of your hand is to try to find out these lines to change their direction. As you see me do here. Another thing is to go from one spot 1. And another way that you can do it is to make these kind of floral shapes where all the line intersect at 1. And you see, you're not getting there like you see me here. That means that you should give it a few more exercises. So although a few more times. So when you get to the actual drawing, you're really warmed up and ready to tackle any problem that you might be facing. So that's it for this video and see you in the next time. 3. 003 before we start: Before going into the first text size, Let's quickly go over the most important facts in this class and see what our main focus should be. First of all, try different tools and techniques learned and see which you'd like to be that regular pencil, charcoal, technical pencil, or simply fewer conditions. Also, remember the first video about holding and rotating the tools. Another thing is to place a clean piece of paper under your drawing head towards much. Next one is to be to focus on making the strokes that are smooth on both ends. Start above the paper, then gently swipe across it and just gently lift off the paper. At the end. Try as many strokes as you can. Hard strokes, gentle, long, short, dashed, and eat. One will give you a different kind of cross hatching and you will see the benefit later on. Fan out some of the crosshatching patches to help transition. And that is mostly for the warm-up exercise where we will talk about changing the direction of the cross hatching and don't have the smooth transition between each of the areas. Finally, don't lose folks. Now that you warmed up, exercises that follow will improve your skills, of course caching, but even more importantly, give you a better understanding how to draw human body and all of that by just some good observation in simple line making. No worse, will further develop and go into details, figure drawing in the following classes. But I think this class is a great place to start and get your fingers up and running in no time. Now that we've seen the basics and why should you do them? Let's go through the exercise in this class. 4. 004 warm up: So here we are at our first exercise. And like I said earlier, it's a warm up exercise. Did I recommend you do before you start your true official drawing? And as seen, other people do it and I often do it. Never can see you can do it before you start your actual drawing. You can dedicate five or 10 minutes to do something like this, just drawing lines and filling up the paper, like you see me in this exercise here. Or if you feel more like like that, you can try to do some quick figure drawing stuff. Get done. It all depends basically on the level of your drawing and what you feel most comfortable with. So for the first exercise in this case, since we are doing the cross hatching, I think it's a good thing to try and start with making lines. And just by doing these lines, you have no pressure to come up with something, but you have enough of attention to fill up the paper, make these lines in patches like you see me do here. Connect them. And when you're doing, try and try not to overlap these lines and try to make them in that way. Also, what you can do, like you can see in the upper left corner and the example, you can rotate your paper while you're drawing. And that's something that you happen to do while you're making an actual drawing. So try doing that as well. And like kids see here, or the Finish at this actual size and slowly putting it all together. This is a good way to start. Then you can move on to your second drawing. You can do the entire page. That is my recommendation, but you can stop whenever you feel you're ready and that you have finished your work and you feel that the warm-up is done, you feel more comfortable moving forward. So in the next section of this exercise, you'll see different way. You can approach the same subject. So you can see it here. In this second warm-up exercise, you'll see me make lines that are sloping, lines that are not parallel to each other, but making swirls and lines that go in different directions. Because when you're drawing, cross hatching or just making these lines, you'll often need to change direction, move them to follow the form, follow the shapes that are on the paper. So getting in that kind of thinking and drawing is also very helpful. For this exercise. I also recommend taking another A4 paper because you weren't needing it much in your wouldn't need to have them in your sketch book. For your sketch book, you can use more actual drawing and stuff that you can compare and see later. What have we done? It's good to have things in your sketchbook. Always it goes, it can easily come back to those drawings. You have them all in one place. But for these starter drawings, you don't need to save these drawings. They are, like I said earlier, and exercise just to get you in that right mindset and to prepare yourself for the work that will come next. The next exercise that will go through will be good to have in the sketch book. So you can, like I said, with it then later see that drawing and maybe do some additional work. So while you're working, put on some music. And just relax putting these lines. And when your actual work comes into play, you'll feel more in tune with your drawing materials, drawing tools. So all the work will be easier once you've done these warm-up exercises and slowly finishing up, creating simple shapes. But like you see, even in this stage where I'm not drawing anything special, I tried to think about some shapes and swirly lines that will be much, Let's say, interesting to finish the page and finish the trial. And lastly, we come to the last exercise for this warm-up part. So here we'll try to do the actual crosshatching, not unlike the previous two exercises where we had on hatching and lines that are parallel to each other or Fanning from one another. So like you see here, on trying with the same pressure, their own lying to the pencil create patches of lighter and darker areas. Just by combining the lines and going over each other, the point is to make gradual transition from one area to another and to vary the pressure that you apply to the pencil, but the distance between lines that you're making or their direction and that way filling up the page because we don't have a lot of that doing in the next exercise. So by doing this last one that you can take a few minutes to do or longer, all depends on what you want to achieve on when you feel ready to move on to the next part. You can get like that, ready for the next part. So like you see here, it's random. It's absolutely random. So you can go in one direction, then try it with the another. Vary the lines, vary the distance between lines that you're making. So the point is to make areas that are lighter and the ones that are dark. And I hope after doing these three exercises, before you start your work, you will be ready no matter what cross hatching that you should do. So whenever you can try to do this quickly, devote time that you feel is necessary and it will really pay off for the work that you will do after these warm-up exercises. So slowly finishing up, adding a few more lines. And that's basically it for this part. So hope you'll take your pencils and start hatching and warming up for the next exercise. That will be the main focus of our class. 5. 005 main exercise: For the main exercise of this class, I recommend to use a sketchbook athletes that for aid, for insights. And before going to work, it is a good idea to divide your paper into four equal parts with a horizontal and a vertical line. Idea is to fit each drawing in each of the quadrants, which is good challenge on itself. It forces you to think of the oral shapes, figure, and its proportions, and what lines to make in order to fit them all in one section. If you're struggling, divide the first page in two vertical line in the landscape position. And this is always useful as it teaches you to keep your drawings subjects on the page without letting them sleep out of it and going close to the edge. So when you're doing it, makes sure that they are somewhere in the middle of each of these quadrants. And if you're working digitally, do the same, but also keep your drawings. Drawings on separate layer. Now let's start. And we have here drawing, the left side and the reference image on the right. I decided to go this way because ONE, have a clearer and easier presentation, but you can draw both traditional and digital and which ever way works for you better. And maybe you'll see occasional pop up on your screen drawing. And that's just a simple tablet menu where I'm changing from pencil to eraser and back again. So I start followed forms of the body and go in that direction. This is a first layer of cross hatching. This is actually for start, just simple hatching annual and cross hatching later on as you go along the body. It's all about creating layers and layers of protection. You don't need to press harder pencil, just use cross hatching to get darker shapes. And before I go into that reference images that I'm using for this example are from NOI and ritual Bradley. And they have done a reference images for creators and EPA. If you are interested, you can check that out on the website. Of course, this is not big commercial or something like that. But I really think these buttons great as reference and I'm using it from time to time. Now, when it comes to this drawing, I started applying crosshatching and adding gradient transition from one area to another. Let's just the second part of this exercise going from Lynn's up to, up to the body. And now you see that same thing with hands. And that's basically the gist of this exercise, is to quickly get the shape, silhouette of the body and then the little crosshatching going from darker areas though by terrorists. More details about details I'll talk about with the rest of the trial to see in this exercise. And I'll go more into details about certain elements that I think are important. So this is basically it, basically it for the first exercise. And now we can move on to the second 1. Second drawing is based on the reference image that I found on Pinterest. If you don't, like, don't feel like paying for reference images. And you don't, again, you don't have a model that you can draw. You can look for images on Pinterest, for example. For this and other frequent drug classes, I created a collection of images or board, as it is called Pinterest. So you can use that as a link. Therefore, those boats are in the project section of this class and also pinned on the timeline. And just like before, we start simple and then compare the drawing that I'm making with the reference image. You can put it on display, monitor, look from the paper. Or the better thing is to have a model. But if you don't, like you said, the forum. And like you see in some of the examples that I'm showing, you can show suddenly you can so subtle muscles and certain lines. But they should indicate the overall shape of the muscles, but do not go all into details. That is not the purpose and the goal of deals exercises. We'll cover that in another class after we mastered the simplified shapes. So that then with the figure, then we need to go and make the gradual transition from lighter to darker areas like we seen in the previous exercise. And you can do it in layers. All along, applying the same pressure to the pencil. While you're doing this cross hatch. If you must, you can occasionally use an eraser, but also be mindful with it and don't overdo it. It's all about practice and making better and better trunks. And one thing also, see in this example, you don't need to be concerned with the likes of showing how the light bounces back and saw the light and dark areas in this exercise really only cross hatching the figure and seeing the silhouette thing that maybe main forms. All the other things we'll definitely do later. But for this exercise in this start, this will be enough. Before going on to drawing. It is good idea to take a moment and examine the figure and what simply a simpler shapes you can find it. And then that drunk. So for example, this is also an image that I found on Pinterest. Looking at the overall shapes of the figure. See what, what simple shapes can find in that video, and then start drawing with your lines, all forms of that figure and fight for the first pass of hatching. Before you go into actual cross hatching, tried to follow the forms and then drop. Also one good thing when you're drawing, this is positive and negative shapes and compare them to your drawing. And negative shapes are these that surround the main subject of your trying n plus two shapes are shapes that are inside, that are the actual drawing. So it's always a good idea to remember that and try to replicate those things. And that will be also good way to save made some mistakes. Or if you want change something. So try to follow these shapes like you see on the screen. Also. Remember that you can move your paper around your working area, rotate it, and that will make it easier to cross hatch. And that also you can do in digital workspace. So here I've started adding additional cross hatching lines, making darker feet and hands. But always when I'm drawing, I'm thinking about forms and how to go about flying. This just simply to notate where are certain muscles. But like I said, that is not the main focus of this class, but it is good to show at least some of them. This is basically the third drawing. And after that, we can move on to the fourth fun. Another thing that you can do, one draw is to try different partnership and more variation that you have. More, you'll be ready to draw anything that comes your way. Try drawing different poses, foreshortening, and so on. Because like I said, the more you do it, the more you'll be familiar with Way muscles look from any angle. And in time, you'll be able to draw it even from your imagination. And that is really cool, but you cannot achieve it like in a day. You have to practice for some of those. So get in a habit of exercising, practicing, and things will get better. Like in previous examples. First of all, adding main shapes. And one more important thing, do not draw outlines. Try to do everything and think in terms of shapes and volumes, not just contour lines. Now, they cannot cut certain part because they think it is similar with the previous trying and it is repeating and you already seen that. But that is only for the presentation. Still when you're actually drawing. Don't cut any work as it will only benefit your drawing skills. Will take time, yes, but I think it will be very worthwhile. And I think because it is amazing what little bit of exercising can end that you do regularly, can do for your overall experience of drawing. Try it out for a while and see how it goes. You'll be strengthening some good habits and hopefully in a while you'll start doing it naturally. As you will know by then, that work is easier once you warmed up to it, so to speak. Here is the last example. And from the technical standpoint, it is much of the same as it was in the previous cases, previous drawings. One of the question may be, why would you do it? Why we do it? And although we know the process, drawing each body, each pose is different for me. And there is something fundamentally interesting in the process of figuring out how to capture the post, how to capture its movement, but language, and simply create something on a blank piece of paper. It is always an interesting feeling, but of course, oftentimes you don't get it right. Maybe your mind starts wandering off. You are not in a good mood. You make, maybe an I make a mistake early on in the drawing, and drawing simply doesn't work. And it's important to remember that it happens. It happens from time to time to everyone. And what I can do, what you can do, what we can do is that by little exercising, make this mistake happen. Little less of us feel more satisfied with our WACC. So this is the final demonstration for this class. And now it's time for you to take pencil in your own hands and start your own drawings. In the next video, we'll go over the exercises and all other stuff that I recommended you to do and come out with something positive from this class. I hope these exercises will be useful to you. So let's see how to go about it. So that's basically it for this video. It has few seconds to go. So see you in the next one. And we'll discuss O stuff. 6. 006 class project: We are finally at the part where we talk about your assignments. But before that, if you have time, please remember to leave or if you tell us what you liked or disliked about this class, what should they improve upon or change as a refeed, Becky's greatly appreciate and helps me grow my channel to create even more classes for you all. Thank you so much for that. And with that out of the way, let's get back to the class. First. Let's start with a warm-up exercises for this assignment. Draw, right? If Petrus that don't overlap vary the length and intensity as well as the direction of these lines. Finally, focus and drawing these lines in a way that they start and end smoothly. Do this exercise at least twice. You can do it. This title is I have a little more space between individual patches of lines. Then for the second exercise, create a smooth change in direction between lines and keep angles close. Also, do this exercise at least twice as well. Next, for the next exercise, mixed directions of cross hatching that transition smoothly each other in regard to value, like in the previous example, vary the length and intensity as well as the direction of these lines. Do it twice, just like before. For our final warm-up, create flower-like shapes in order to practice curves in different sizes and direction. Remember that the line should go through central spot in the middle and then start drawing individual petals. Make smooth curves with one gesture, not too fast, not too slow. The goal is to practice the control of your hand when you need to make a precise line. Do this exercise twice as well. This leaves us a eight pages of warm-ups between four exercises. But if you're scheduled does not allow you to do all eight. It's absolutely fine. Do as many as you can for the main exercise and by using reference photo, create silhouettes, using hatching and crosshatching. If you don't have your own references, I talked about how to get them in the previous videos. But you can also check out some of the resources that I recommend in the project section of this class. So check that out if you like. As a reminder. Follow the volume of the body in its movement by simple hat. We do lines cover the entire body first and don't go into details. Tried to fit two to four figures on your A4 paper. Practice making gradual transition from darkest and lightest part of the figure by crosshatching. In my short transition is mode. In my example, darkest parts at the end of the lens and lightest are at the central too buddy. But you can go from darkest at the top of the figure or the head, to the lightest at the bottom where the feta or vice verse, It's up to you as long as you achieve the transition. Like I said. Also, I would recommend drawing eight figures made in this way on 284 papers. If you're putting four on each or for a four papers, if you put in just two fingers on one piece of paper, whichever way works for you best. Same goes if you're working digitally and it comes to feedback. Here are some examples of my response to students projects on my other classes here on Skillshare. I think it's important to stay in touch with students after they watch videos and done the exercises. Give you guidance if needed, or simply exchange experience as it gives better results in the long run. So I hope you'll see your work in the project section and talk to you if that's what you would like. In the next final video of this class. Let's see what's our next step in this figure drawing journey and what I have prepared for you in that regard. 7. 007 the next step: Congratulations on finishing the class for at least the video material. If you haven't already started, it is time to pick up your pencil and start the exercise. Post your work in the project gallery for feedback or simply to track your progress. Finally, for those of you who want more, Let's take a look at the remaining four classes in this series. Remember, you can find links to these classes in the project section of this class or directly on my profile page. So when you feel comfortable, move on to the next class in the series. We will go on to drawing a figure, drawing with simple shapes. There, we'll go deeper into drawing the figure in more details. I believe the practice you did in this class will give you a better understanding on how to simplify the shapes and why is that important in the long run? After this, we'll concentrate on anatomy and see how to get better at it. You don't need to know names of every single muscle to be good at drawing a human figure. But you still need to have at least the base knowledge or muscle groups, how they are connected with each other, what is role in ponds and how it's all represented on the surface level. We'll take a look at the body from three main views, front, side and back through exercises and different drawing techniques. Hence, can be a great challenge to draw. So that will be the topic of our next class. There will go over construction of the hand. Take a closer look at the anatomy of the hand and finally, proportions. It can be a tricky thing to get a grasp of drawing hands. But I hope I did a good enough job of showing you how to go about it. As a final challenge this class, we'll take a look at how to draw both male and female hands, baby hands into force, how to represent ages, hence. Lastly, as a final piece of the puzzle, we have a portrait drawing class. The final test in this series where all that you learn comes together. We'll go over simplifying the face. Have a good starting point. Talk about proportions, anatomy of the head with both muscles and bones. Take a look at the main features of the face. Show you some demos of me drawing portraits, and finally, have individual feedback for your projects. Those are all the classes in this series, but just start your own run journey. There are always things to improve upon. So never give up. Keep on working and be satisfied with what you accomplished. Have a great day and see you in the class. Take care.