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9 Very Common Figure Drawing Mistakes, And How to Avoid Them

9 Very Common Figure Drawing Mistakes, And How to Avoid Them
Over the last twenty-five years I have spent my fair share of time drawing and studying the human figure. As a result, I’ve come across several (actually, nine) common figure-drawing mistakes over and over again. Like any other art process, figure drawing is a fluid activity and impossible to pin down with exact rules—but if your goal is to create a more convincing life drawing, then these next few ideas will certainly help. Here are the nine common figure-drawing mistakes, along with their solutions: Mistake #1 – Drawing without a goal in sight More often than not, people immediately begin sketching without establishing some kind of intention in their mind first. Solution: Pause for a moment before beginning your drawing and to look at what you see in front of you. Mistake #2 – Failing to keep the figure on the page It’s always shame when heads, arms or feet get unintentionally cut out of a drawing, just because the artist has run out of room on the paper.

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Art Anatomy by Franklin Einspruch Copyright Franklin Einspruch. Please see License for permitted usage. The Best Kept Secret of Figure Drawing: The Open Session Salvador Dali, in his book 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship , affirmed that even having a bad drawing teacher was better than having none at all-- although he definitely recommended having a good one if possible. However, even with a bad one, Dali tells us, "... that four eyes see more than two. This is a case in which the truth and discernment of the teacher's eye count less than his disinterestedness in seeing what your lack of disinterestedness prevents you from seeing." Now if Dali, typically regarded as the most extreme sort of egotist, subscribes to the notion that to learn drawing it is good to have a drawing teacher, rather than simply go at it on one's own, I think we can feel there is some merit in the notion.

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