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Let’s Draw: How to Draw and Paint Realistic People!

Learn Anatomy, Heads, Painting, and More!
Instructor:
Christina Wu
237 students enrolled
English [Auto]
How to draw both the male and female figure
How to draw heads, hands, and feet
How to draw gesture
How to paint with a light source
How to paint the human figure
How to paint/draw different ethnicities
How to draw/paint portraits
How to paint digitally
How to simplify values

Have drawing people always frustrated you? Do you struggle with making it look right but don’t know what’s missing? Look no further!

The Let’s Draw: How to Draw and Paint Realistic People Course, is your best bet for learning how to draw and paint people for character illustrations. This course will take you from not knowing how to draw people, to learning how to understand anatomy and heads, and even how to paint them. So what else is in it for you?

You’ll be making 3 main projects in this course that will take you from basic shapes to drawing and painting people from start to finish!

You’ll gain access to all 20 sections of the course.

This course is set up to help you step by step with understanding the basics of shapes and forms to the human body for both genders, as well as learning the painting process. You will also be learning how to use reference to make an original image.

Don’t believe me? I offer you a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchasing the course.

Here’s what’s in it for you:

You’ll get access to the 20 sections of the course that will teach you the fundamentals of how to draw people through basic proportion and muscle anatomy, portraits, clothes, etc. The course has 30 hours of content that I will walk you through each step of the way.

Here is what to expect in this course:

* The course starts with the basics. I will be teaching you the basics about drawing basic shapes such as cylinders, boxes, and circles. You will also learn the basics of line quality in drawing and sketching to get you started. In addition, you will be learning how to draw basic 1 and 2 point perspective to help you understand forms in 3D space.

* Next, after learning the basic shapes, you will learn how to draw basic male and female bodies starting from muscles to building the body in simple boxes and shapes. You will also be taught how to draw hands and feet.

* Once you’ve learned the basics of anatomy, you will learn how to draw the male and female head and how to draw it in different views. How to draw hair is included as well

* Then, you will be painting portraits in black and white, male and female, then you will be making a self portrait of yourself with good lighting in black and white

* From then, you will be practicing gesture drawing. You will be going step by step of how to draw dynamic and flowing poses. You will also be building the body using basic shapes as well as knowing more specific areas such as the torso and the pelvis

* After that, I will be giving an overview of the 7 types of drapery to help you with drawing clothes.

* Next, I will be teaching you the basics of painting using drawing. It is a figure drawing exercise that can be applied to everything from just drawing to painting

* After this method, you will be learning how to light your figure and how to simplify lighting using the black and white simplification method, then expanding it

* Once you’ve learned how to light your subject, you will be painting two full figures in black in white

* From then on, you will be learning about color theory and how to paint portraits and full figures in color.

* And finally, for the last two sections, you will be copying a master piece to help you with your painting skills, and then you will be going step by step with how you can paint your own illustration using reference

Over the course of these 20 sections you will learn:

* How to draw basic shapes

* How to draw and understand anatomy of the body

* Drawing different views of the head

* Drawing different types of folds

* How to paint in black and white

* How to draw different types of hair

* How to apply color to your paintings

* How to paint people in color

* How to paint a master study

* How to do figure drawing

* How to draw different features of the face such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, and ears

* How to paint your own illustration from start to finish

What else will you get?

– Lifetime access to course materials

–  A surplus of downloadable resources

– A good fundamental understanding of the painting process

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. Plus you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and learn how to draw and paint people from scratch!

Introduction

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Introduction

Hey everyone! Welcome to the course! Hope you guys enjoy the course :D

Music: https://www.bensound.com

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Materials

These are the materials for this course.
Notes:
Photoshop isn't the most necessary program to use but it will be what I use.

If you have any programs that you are comfortable using, feel free to use it as long as you can replicated what I do in the videos.
Any devices that you use have to include a drawing pen and tablet, whether it be Huicon, Wacom, or ipad pro. PLEASE DO NOT USE A MOUSE, INSTANT REGRET!

if you can't afford it, feel free to use paper and pencil for the drawing portions :)

3
Before Starting...

Here are the disclaimers in the course, what it doesn't teach and what it does

4
Inspiration Assignment!

This is your first assignment! Have fun following along, using my colors or your own :)

Basic Shapes

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Circles

Here are the basics of drawing circles smoothly. This is useful for any kind of drawing, whether it'd be heads or the body, the circle is one of the essential basic shapes.

2
Cylinders

Here are the basics of drawing cylinders. This will help you with seeing cylindrical shapes in the gestures or any part of the body such as the arms, legs, and neck.

3
Boxes

Here are the basics of drawing boxes in perspective. This is useful for figuring out what direction or orientation the body is in, and it can be used as building blocks for drawing people

4
Lighting Basics

Here are the basics of lighting using primitive shapes. Lighting primitive shapes gives a basic understanding of how to shade forms of the body and head later on

5
Lineweight Basics

Lineweight is very important when it comes to drawing, and it's especially important what types to avoid and what to aim for

6
Photoshop Basics

This is a video on photoshop basics at least what I use throughout the course. If you have a question on what I do that I haven't mentioned, feel free to ask!

Male and Female Anatomy

1
Male Proportions

This video explains male proportions in the body using the 8 heads method. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Female Proportions

This video explains female proportions in the body using the 8 heads method. Feel free to ask for feedback!

3
Neck-Chest Muscle groups (male)

This video focuses on the basic muscle structure of the male neck and chest using simple shapes. Feel free to ask for feedback!

4
Abdominal area muscle groups (male)

This video focuses on the basic muscle structure of the male abdominal muscles using simple shapes. Feel free to ask for feedback!

5
Leg muscles (male)

This video focuses on the male leg muscle structure. Feel free to ask for feedback!

6
Arm muscle (male)

This video focuses on the male arm muscle structure. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Back muscles (male)

This video focuses on the back muscles and their placement. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Female Muscle Structure

Following the male muscle structure, the female muscles are the same but different in appearance. This shows the overall muscles from the previous lectures onto the female body

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Tracing Assignment

For the final assignment of this section, you will be taking an image of one of the old masters, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio etc, and tracing on top of their drawings to identify the muscles and anatomy.

How to Draw Hands

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Hand Structure

Here is a brief video on the basic hand structure. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Male Hands

Here is a video on drawing various male hands. Feel free to ask for feedback!

3
Female Hands

Here is a video on drawing various female hands. Feel free to ask for feedback!

How to Draw Feet

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Feet Structure

Here is a brief video on the basic feet structure. Feel free to ask for feedback!

2
Male Feet

Here is a video on drawing various male feet poses. Feel free to ask for feedback!

3
Female Feet

Here is a video on drawing various female feet poses. Feel free to ask for feedback!

How to Draw Heads

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Head measurement and structure

We all want to draw heads, but do we know how to see the structure? This video talks about how to view the head in simple shapes. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Eyes (male)

Eyes are the window to the soul, and it's best to understand how the eye looks. This video goes through how to draw various types of male eyes. Feel free to ask for feedback!

3
Nose (male)

Noses are tricky, but there's a way to break it down. This video is how to break down various male noses in different views. Feel free to ask for feedback!

4
Mouth (male)

This video is about how to draw mouths simply. We are doing various kinds of mouths men have. Feel free to ask for feedback!

5
Eyes (female)

This video goes through how to draw various types of female eyes. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Nose (female)

This video goes through how to draw various types of female noses and different perspectives. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Mouth (female)

In this video we are doing various kinds of mouths women have. Feel free to ask for feedback!

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Extra

In this video I correct the male face to look more attractive and I use a model as reference. I also include some additional information about the skull. Enjoy!

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Ears

Ears look really complicated, but there's a way to understand what part goes where. Here's a video on how to draw ears. Enjoy!

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How to Draw the head in different views (male)

After drawing the head in frontal view, it's time to see how you can draw heads in perspective. In this video, I draw angles people usually have issues with, and I hope that this helps!

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How to Draw the head in different views (female)

Like the previous video, I will be showing you how to draw different head views for women.

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How to Draw hair for men

Here are some styles of hair for men, ranging from short to wavy.

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How to Draw hair for women

This video talks about how to draw hair for women ranging from straight to curly to wavy.

How to Simplify Portraits in Black and White

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Sketching the head

To paint portraits, we first start to know black and white. In this video, I show you how to sketch out the female head.

2
Black and white simplification

This video goes through using graphic black and white simplification to block out lighting.

3
Expanding values exercise

After separating black and white, we then, expand those values into mid range values.

4
Shadows on the Face

Here is an overview of how shadows appear on the face. This can be translated to more stylized drawings as well.

Portrait Studies Black and White

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Male Portrait BW

Using everything we learned before, you will be painting a male portrait in black and white.

image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/855613629190877281/

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Woman Portrait BW

Using everything we learned before, you will be painting a female portrait in black and white.

Self Portrait Project

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First Project!

Hey everyone! Congrats on your first checkpoint in the course! Keep it up, you're getting to your goal :D

2
How to Take Reference Photos

Here's a short video featuring my face :) on how to take your own reference images. Be sure to take images with good lighting that isn't too bright or too diffused. Make sure it has direct lighting and a good range of values

3
Sketching Phase

In this video, I will be taking a photo of myself and sketching it, using everything we've learned

4
Painting Phase

In this video, I will be painting the whole portrait using a full range of values starting from middle to dark, then to light (or vice versa)

Gesture Drawing

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Gesture line

When it comes to gestures, you always want to start with the line of action.

2
Putting basic cylinders

In this video, we will be going through putting cylinders to pull out the forms in the body.

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Muscle groups

Afterwards, we will put in our basic muscle structures in the body.

4
Form and Muscle Exercise

To further practice form and muscles, here is a simple exercise with basic shapes.

5
Torso Bean

Sometimes, it's difficult to picture out the torso, but visualizing the torso as a bean bag or a pillow and using that as reference will help out the confusion.

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Pelvis

In this video, I will be going more in depth with the pelvis box and how to spot it.

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How to Draw Different Body Types (male)

Here are a few types of male bodies ranging from skinny to plus size. Enjoy!

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How to Draw Different Body Types (female)

Here are a few types of female bodies ranging from skinny to plus size. Enjoy!

How to Draw Drapery

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Pipe Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw one of the most basic folds: the pipe fold.

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Diaper Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the diaper fold.

3
Zigzag Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the zig zag fold.

4
Half lock Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the half lock fold.

5
Spiral Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the spiral fold.

6
Flying flag Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the flying flag fold.

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Dead Fold

In this video, we will be going over how to draw the last fold: the dead fold

8
Costume Assignment

For the final assignment of this section, you will be drawing clothes on top of a person, using your new knowledge of how folds work.

Fast, loose, long lines

1
Loose sketch phase

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw very loosely. This will be a good base for your drawing.

2
Overlaying Phase

After that, we will be drawing over the sketch with a darker tone.

3
Final Accents

Finally, to complete the gesture, use your darkest value to do some finishing touches.

4
Color Version

In this video, I will be doing a version with color to simulate painting.

How to light your subject

1
Drawing the figure

In this video, I will be drawing the figure for this project.

2
Black and white simplification

To simplify the values in black and white makes the process easier. Tip: think of the body as basic boxes or cylinders.

3
Expanding values

In this video, I will be doing the same expanding value method in this painting.

Full Figure Studies Black and White

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Male Figure

Here is the full process of painting a black and white male figure.

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Female Figure

In this video, I will be doing the same thing but with the female model.

Color

1
Basic Color Theory

Color theory is very important for knowing how to paint. In this video, I will be covering the basics of color theory and the color wheel.

2
Color Value Swatches

In this video, we will be doing a color swatch assignment using black and white and using the 12 step color wheel. Though this assignment is difficult, take your time on it. It will help you understand more about color!

3
Subsurface Scattering

In this video, we will be covering subsurface scattering and how to make skin look more vibrant.

Portrait Studies (color)

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Portrait Studies Male

In this video, we will finally be painting in color starting with portraits! We will be covering the whole process.

image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AUH5F0Kz4sIYE2C1mjszhV0z0f5feuRUqGLQYjtk43-NrJWk1jcNlt4/

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Portrait Studies Female

In this video, I will be painting a female portrait. Here are the sketch and color versions.

image: https://bboygentleman.tumblr.com/post/148920835520/alfadolls-lauren-de-graaf

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Crazy Color Portrait

As a bonus, we will also be doing portraits with crazy colors. I feel that it would be helpful for you guys who want to experiment with different light colors and know how to paint them!

image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288723026115911502/

Painting the Full Figure (male)

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Painting process

In this video, we will be going over painting a full color figure from start to finish. Feel free to use other references as you'd like!

Painting the Full Figure (female)

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Painting Phase

In this video, we will be painting a female figure from scratch. Be sure that these references have good lighting and direct shadows.

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Part 2

In this video, we will be finishing up the painting by cleaning it up and adding some details.

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