How to Draw People
Learning how to draw can be fun! Believe it or not, it's actually a lot easier than you might expect. One of the secrets of drawing is that any object can be broken down into its smaller parts. The easy, step-by-step instructions on the following pages can turn you into an artist. Soon you'll know how to draw all kinds of people wearing different kinds of clothing.
To begin drawing people, you'll need a pencil, pencil sharpener, an eraser, a felt-tip pen, and paper. On each page in this article, the first drawing will be of the person you will be working on. Examine the person and their clothing carefully before proceeding to the first step.
The instructions in the following pages will always start with a few basic shapes, such as ovals, rectangles, and triangles. Draw the full shape, even if some of it will not be seen in the final drawing. The red lines in each illustration show exactly what to draw in that step, while the lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black.
After all the steps are complete, use a felt-tip pen to go over the pencil lines. Ink only the lines you want to keep in the drawing. Let the ink dry, then erase the extra pencil lines. Congratulations! You know how to draw people.
After you've finished a drawing, feel free to add color using crayons, colored pencils, or markers. If you're feeling ambitious, you can even try watercolors or chalk. Start by adding the main color, gently adding darker colors to areas that would be in shadows or less light (generally toward the bottom or underneath some shapes). This is called shading.
After shading is complete, add lighter colors where more light would be (where the sunlight would naturally hit). This is called highlighting. Shading and highlighting help the drawing look more realistic.
Once you fill in all the colors and are pleased with the person you've drawn, you're finished. Way to go!
In this article you'll learn how to draw all kinds of people from a little girl in a fairy costume to a rock star. Here is a preview:
- Girl with a Picnic Basket
- Girl in a Fairy Costume
- Boy in a Pirate Costume
- Teenage Girl in a Blazer and Shorts
- Teenage Girl in a Vogue Outfit
- Man in a Tuxedo
- Man in a Casual Sweater
- Man in a Bomber Jacket
- A Rock Star
- Woman in a Sundress
- Woman in a Pantsuit
- Woman in an Oversized Sweater
- Woman in a Bathing Suit
- Woman in a Topcoat
- Woman in a Cocktail Dress
- Woman in an Evening Dress
- A Bride
- A Cowboy
- A Chef
- A Hockey Player
- A Skier
To begin your artistic endeavors, continue to the next page to learn how to draw a little girl with a picnic basket.
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