My first foray into figure drawing was in high school when I wanted to build a portfolio that I could use to apply to art colleges. So my mom signed me up for a class at a local university. I was as nervous about the situation as any awkward teenager would be, and even more so when I arrived to find that the model was an old man. While the instructor set up the lights, I dug around in my bag of supplies and tried to act nonchalant. The model settled into a pose, and my discomfort vanished as I focused on outlining the sketch.
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I know a lot of beginning artists groan at the idea of drawing something as complex as the human body, and most people I know consider anatomy an exceptionally dull subject. Not me. Soon after completing the model sketch, I was off on a Google search. I wanted to find as much information as I could on the subject of figure drawing.
Approaches[ edit ] Artists take a variety of approaches to drawing the human figure. They may draw from live models or from photographs,  from skeletal models, or from memory and imagination. Most instruction focuses on the use of models in "life drawing" courses. The use of photographic reference—although common since the development of photography —is often criticized or discouraged for its tendency to produce "flat" images that fail to capture the dynamic aspects of the subject. Drawing from imagination is often lauded for the expressiveness it encourages, and criticized for the inaccuracies introduced by the artist's lack of knowledge or limited memory in visualizing the human figure; the experience of the artist with other methods has a large influence on the effectiveness of this approach.