Figure Drawing Lesson
Nancy Doyle
   Fine Art
The human figure has been an important subject for artists for over 2000 years - since primitive man carved stone fertility goddesses, and ancient Greeks first carved figures in marble. Their timeless, great sculptures set the standard for the representation of the figure for many centuries. In the 19th century, when artists such as the Impressionists began to depict the figure in a modern way (no longer idealized, and wearing the clothes of 19th century Europe), the figure remained an important subject of art. Modern art in the 20th century continued to question the centuries-old artistic traditions, and depicted the figure in ways that were sometimes hard to even recognize - but still the figure was depicted. Now, in the early 21st century, artists are still using the human form in their work, albeit in unexpected and sometimes provocative ways. The human form is us - and will probably always be represented in some way in art.
The cost of the online Figure Drawing lesson is $20.00, payable through PayPal, a secure site, where you can pay with a credit card. Once you pay the fee, you will have permanent access to this webpage. If you would like to order the online lesson, please click on the Online Add to Cart button below, then on the View Cart button. Please also provide your name and e-mail address, and click on the Submit button, so that I can e-mail you the web address and password for the Figure Drawing lesson. You will receive the password shortly.

print version of this lesson is also now available. For $30.00, you will receive both the printed version of this lesson and the password to access the online version, where you can visit the links to the figure drawing examples on the Web. (This cost includes shipping charges.) The printed copy is printed on heavyweight paper, with three holes punched for a  notebook, filled with brass fasteners. To order the print version, please click on the Print Add to Cart and View Cart buttons below:

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This lesson is the second in a new series of fee-based courses on my website (the others are a Charcoal lesson, Perspective for Artists, Design: Principles, Design: Sources, Painting: Possibilities, and Color Mixing. A membership program has also been set up on the site, where members can access the seven fee-based courses at a reduced rate. Credit will be given toward a membership for those who have already taken an individual course. The other free courses - four basic drawing lessons, four design lessons, and four painting lessons (and others), will remain free to all visitors. I will continue to create more free lessons, as well. These fee-based lessons, as well as the fine art items available for purchase on my site, will enable this site to continue to grow. If you enjoy the free lessons here, signing up for a fee-based course is a way to help me continue to enlarge the site. I am hoping to create an online artists' community, where members can display their work, get encouragement from each other, and get feedback from visitors.
This online Figure Drawing lesson covers the history of figure representation in art, materials used in figure drawing, three basic exercises for drawing the figure, proportions, anatomy, foreshortening, chiaroscuro (shading of lights and darks), and other topics. There are over 20 illustrations, and many links to artists' figurative images on the web; and a list of recommended artists' anatomy and drawing books. Various approaches to figure drawing, both past and present, traditional and contemporary, are described, as well as developing your own personal approach to the figure. (See my teaching qualifications) A printed version of this lesson is now available - see below for more information.
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The cost of the online Figure Drawing lesson is $20.00. To order the online Figure Drawing lesson, please click online Add to Cart button below, then the View Shopping Cart button. Please also type your name and e-mail address in the boxes below, so that I can e-mail you the password for the lesson. If you don't receive the password within 24 hours, please e-mail me with an alternate e-mail address, if possible.

To order the print version of the lesson for $30.00, please click on the Print Add to Cart button below, then on the View Cart button. You will receive the password for the online version shortly, and the print version by snail mail in a few days. Please enter your snail mail address into the text box below, so I can send your print version!
Please fill in your full name and e-mail address below, and your snail mail address if you are ordering the print version, then click the Submit button to receive your lesson password shortly. (Print versions will arrive by snail mail in a few days.)
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