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VIDEO: How to Quickly Draw a Realistically Proportionate Figure

Before you start a painting, it’s often a good idea to draw out a preliminary sketch of your subject matter with all the right proportions and measurements.

In the follow video, Craig Nelson demonstrates how he uses gesture drawing techniques to quickly sketch his figures. He also explains how to visually measure distances when drawing. Take a look:

You can get Craig Nelson’s full DVD tutorial right here at Creative Catalyst.

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