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

20 Sep 2012

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 fall season gets into full swing, I think we are all coming back around to 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.

Author Michael Kinch goes 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 how Ryder approaches hatching and crosshatching. He 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 Ryder goes 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 shared with us, download Learn How to Draw People: 15 Expert Tips on How to Draw a Person now. Enjoy!


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OhlSusie1 wrote
on 21 Sep 2012 5:29 AM

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!

Hornsby wrote
on 21 Sep 2012 6:51 AM

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.

loony3 wrote
on 21 Sep 2012 8:14 AM

I am having the same problem as the others..... ask for free Learning to draw people but receive Beginners Drawing techniques.... any advice appreciated....

on 21 Sep 2012 9:13 AM

Also got the "Basic Beginner Techiniques" too...

on 21 Sep 2012 9:25 AM

Hey everyone, sorry for the incorrect link. It is working now:

http://www.artistdaily.com/How-to-Draw-People/

Let me know if you have any problems with this. Enjoy!

Hornsby wrote
on 21 Sep 2012 10:49 AM

Thanks for getting it corrected. I just tried the link from the email to see if that one is working and it is. Downloaded without a problem. Do appreciate your help.

tamouse wrote
on 21 Sep 2012 1:15 PM

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.