The Art & Science of Figure Drawing: VOLUME & STRUCTURE


Last updated on September 23, 2022 8:48 am



What you’ll learn

  • How to draw the figure as a 3-Dimensional object occupying deep space.
  • How to combine basic volumes like the sphere, cylinder and cube, to create the more complex volumes of the figure.
  • How to incorporate volumetric drawing into more naturalistic drawings of the figure.

Volumetric drawing is an essential figure drawing skill that brings a dramatic sense of 3-Dimensionality to drawings. It does this by emphasizing the fundamental volumes of the figure. This technique has been relied upon for centuries and is still used by master artists and creative professionals today.

In this course we’ll be using a vocabulary of basic volumes: the sphere, the cylinder, and the cube. If you’re enrolled in this course you should already be comfortable drawing these volumes at various proportions and various orientations in space. We’ll be combining these basic volumes to create the more complex forms of the figure.

In this course we’re going to focus primary on geometric drawings of the figure. These geometric drawings are a powerful tool that will ensure that you see and draw the figure as a dynamic 3-dimensional object moving through space. Once you’ve learned how to draw the body geometrically, you’ll learn how to incorporate a dramatic sense of volume into realistic drawings by using dynamic mark making and descriptive contours.

To help you understand the volumes of the body, this course includes some unique projects. You’ll be led step by step through the process of creating anatomical models of some of the more challenging volumes of the body including the head and the rib cage. You can use these models as drawing and anatomical aids so you always have help understanding how these forms of the body operate in perspective.

This course includes numerous timed practice poses as well as downloadable still images of fully nude figure drawing models.

Because this course features photographs of fully nude models, it is important that you conduct yourself maturely and appropriately in the course.

This is an intermediate figure drawing course. It is highly recommended that you complete my Gesture course before taking this course.

Who this course is for:

  • Serious Figure Drawing students.

Course content

  • Volume & Structure