Exercises for Figure Drawing
I really enjoy drawing figures and have a variety of exercises that I've done over several years to practice sketching body parts: faces, hands, and feet.
Drawing faces: I save full face portraits from magazines and for this exercise I divide them in half vertically. I collage one half of the face to a sketchbook page and then sketch the missing side - trying to copy the original as closely as possible. I saw this idea on a website or blog, but don't remember where.
Drawing hands: I have an articulated hand, that I bought second hand at a mannequin supply store in Manhattan, that I can position and then draw. And for almost two years I worked my way through a website with photos of hands forming the American Sign Language letters. I just finished Y and Z - so I'm done.
Drawing feet: So far most of my sketches are of my feet and my husband's feet as we sit watching TV.
Here are the last 6 pages in my practice sketchbook.