Chris Legaspi: Quick Figure Sketch And How To Construct The Limbs

In this video tutorial the artist Chris Legaspi demonstrates how to draw the limbs in three different examples using charcoal. It is a gestural drawing video aimed at the intermediate to advanced artist showing how to locate the main shapes which make up the human body ie the limbs and torso. The artist narrates over the top and teaches how to select which outlines to emphasise to create a solid 3D form. Charcoal is very versatile so don’t be too reserved or scared to be bold with your application. A nice video to learn from.

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    1. If you like carbon pencils I suggest you try Wolff pencils. I’m addicted to them. They hold a point better than graphite and can make fine, faint lines or dense black marks as dark as charcoal. Their only disadavandage is that the don’t glide across the paper quite like conte; they “drag” a litte. Still, for anyone looking for the perfect balance between the control of graphite and the rich dark shadows of charcoal, they’re the greatest thing ever to exist in the history of the universe.

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    2. I have seen the gesture lines used before but this makes a lot more sense to me by seeing someone “in action” and exactly how they use and why they used them the way that they do. When I have seen them, it was in books on ‘how to” draw. I am visual learner and while the images help some there were still question how they got from pt A to pt B when creating limbs (poses and full figures) or there is no audio in vids. Thanks

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    3. the drawing’s are great but what i notice about all tutorials is that they never give you an idea of where to put the bulges of the muscles, I and Im sure all struggling figure artist understand the tubes and basic shapes, but where and how do you put the muscles and how do you know how far they bulge and how far down the leg they bulge before they taper off at the leg, wrist etc. If you develope a technique on how to do this you will have millions of hits.

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    4. wow! you do seem like a fresh designer. i hv a request to make- i wnat to learn to finish a drawing in the right way. often times it occurs to me ht mickey mouse would nt be looking tht effective hd it nt been finished well. if u cn understand this thn pls help. thank you

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    5. go through leonardo’s notebooks. such info is very well dealt in thm. in fact he struggled all his life just to develope tht method. we dnt need to think abt thm now nd yes it hs hit millions of targets already i dnt know why u never tried it. it says tht i person’s full height can be divided in eight equal sections., tht the chest cavity begins at the second mark. frm the third mark we get an idea hw far the shoulder should be placed then we do a circle above second …

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    6. go through leonardo’s notebooks. such info is very well dealt in thm. in fact he struggled all his life just to develope tht method. we dnt need to think abt thm now nd yes it hs hit millions of targets already i dnt know why u never tried it. it says tht i person’s full height can be divided in eight equal sections., tht the chest cavity begins at the second mark. frm the third mark we get an idea hw far the shoulder should be placed then we do a circle above second …

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    7. ….mark. the muscles are placed below it that extends well up till the navel which is the third mark. towards the central point (4th diision) the wrist ends and the palms ends at the fifth division. thtz all. i hope it helps.

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    8. ….mark. the muscles are placed below it that extends well up till the navel which is the third mark. towards the central point (4th diision) the wrist ends and the palms ends at the fifth division. thtz all. i hope it helps.

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    9. Stumbled across your work and will follow more. Very nice. I think I have been taking the wrong approach to my pencil holding as I shake too much trying to create fine lines. Makes me frustrated. I’d like to see more on your approach of pencil holding and getting started although this video gives me a better picture. Also I think I need work on the building and establishing the form I want from scratch. This is great stuff and I will check out your website.

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    10. haha, well i’ve got some good and some bad news for you 😀 The good is that it’s very simple- no rules, no tricks….just repetition and understanding of the anatomy and memorising what goes where and most importantly WHY!?! …or is that the bad news? idk, anyways, get a plastic anatomy and start studying and trying, it gets easier with practise

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    11. CONGRATS!! i’m SO excited for you (even tgohuh i only know you through this amazing blog 🙂 ). i can’t wait to hear and see more! in fact i can’t wait to see a picture of the 2 of you together one in which we can see BOTH of your faces 🙂 please let us in on how he asked you. and when’s the date? oh i’m happy for you guys!

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    12. i would say it depends on the amout of time you put into it, and the only way you’re going to get that good is from drawing the live model or drawing from life in general – not from photographs, thats only going to take your skills to a certain point then fall flat.

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