Lesson 5. Tutorial - Erotic Female Sketch
STAGE 1 In this video we will show you how to draw a realistic fine art nude. The picture inset in the video is availble for printing and can be found at the bottom of this page so that you can see it in a larger format whilst drawing.
STAGE 2 For completing this lesson ideally you will need: 6H Pencil for shading, 4B Pencil for thicker outlines, mechanical pencil for the first outline and an eraser pen for easy erase, (regular eraser/putty rubber) will be fine also, cotton bud and tissue paper for smudging.
STAGE 3 Start with the facial outline and then the shoulders. Start to draw the body, arms, hands and the lasso/rope. We are not drawing with shapes for this tutorial we are just going with what we see, freestyle if you like, follow the artists movements to make it easier but remember to keep everything in proportion.
STAGE 4 After the outline is complete start sketching by lightly filling in the darkest areas first. In this video we start with the neck, torso and under her lasso.
STAGE 5 Don't try to over complicate things by trying to copy the shading exactly, instead simply try to make dark areas dark and light areas light. Don't draw what you "think" is there, draw what you "see" is there.
STAGE 6 Build up the dark areas slowly. We like to build them up in layers.
STAGE 7 Using your eraser is a positive thing, it shows that you can see a mistake and you are going to try it again but also keep in mind that every time you erase something you are basically negotiating time you spend sketching. Try to really look at what you are trying to duplicate before you put pencil to paper in the first instance. If you don't know exactly what you are trying to draw with your pencil, the chances of you making an accurate representation of what you are looking at is very slim.
STAGE 8 Keep your pencils sharp and work in short, light strokes, slowly building up the areas to the desired level of darkness. Your drawing will slowly start to take shape and hopefully will look something like how you imagined. later on we will then look at drawing with shapes. A good idea would be to come back and take these lessons again after completing that part of the course and perhaps compare your drawings.