TGIF! Our Free eBook on Learning How to Draw People Is Here!

It's probably half-endearing (hopefully?) and half-annoying that I think there's no better way to start off the weekend than with art. But you know what I mean! As the chillier part of the year gets into full swing, I think we are all getting cozy in our studios with our art, and for me, nothing sounds more appealing than curling up and working in my sketchbook.

Oscar Mendoza (profile) by Tony Ryder, 2005, graphite and white pastel drawing on tinted paper, 18 x 14.
Oscar Mendoza (profile) by Tony Ryder, 2005, graphite
and white pastel drawing on tinted paper, 18 x 14.

But I'll be honest, after the summer I think I am more than a little rusty. I need to warm up my skills, and drawing people is always an engaging way to do that, even if you aren't so great at it in the first place–like me. In the Artist Daily free eBook Learn How to Draw People: 15 Expert Tips on How to Draw a Person, I found a perfect refresher for how to draw realistic people without getting overwhelmed.

We go into the basics of drawing a person in the classical manner, using notable artist Tony Ryder's approach and artwork to teach many valuable lessons on everything we should know about how to draw a person, from the block-in and initial gestures to creating a refined contour and the final steps of gradation of tone. I was especially interested in learning how to use hatching and crosshatching. Ryder believes that pencil strokes should be thought of in the same way as a wash of color that you apply with a brush, so that you start to "mist" an entire drawing with marks that will increase the realism of your people drawings.

From there we go into the logic of shading, which was a key point for me because my eyes start to cross when I look at the human body and try to figure out how to pull out the shadows and the lights. Ryder describes it so that it all makes sense. He stresses following a procedure to build a network of shadows that gives a sense of mass and volume to your people drawings. If you want to read this section and all the insights Ryder shares with us plus more on keeping your figure drawings exciting and engaging with strong gesture, interesting poses and more, download Learn How to Draw People: 15 Expert Tips on How to Draw a Person now. Enjoy!

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

9 thoughts on “TGIF! Our Free eBook on Learning How to Draw People Is Here!

  1. When I tried to download the Learn How To Draw People free e-book, it came up with 26 Free Beginner Drawing Techniques. It is a great book, however, I am really interested in the Learn How To Draw People book. Can you check with your IT people and have them attach the Drawing Free e-book? I love the website and have downloaded every free e-book you offer. I have been teaching myself how to draw for a couple of years now, and have learned a lot from this website. I also love the way Courtney talks about her art. Makes me feel like “I’m not the only one” who is not sure of what I am doing all the time and just goes for it anyway. Thanks for being so honest with us!

  2. I agree. I got the same thing “Drawing Basics – 26 Free Beginner Drawing Techniques.” I tried the link on the Free eBook page and got the same Drawing Basics webpage when clicking on the “Learn How to Draw People” link. I love your website and the information you provide but was disappointed this morning when I was unable to download this one. Thanks for all your help.

  3. This does not contain anywhere near 15 tips. It is a few pages out of a pay-for article. Not so nearly what is advertised. I wish you’d all come clean and say when something is abridged, and not say there are “15 tips” when there are only maybe 3.