Human figures

The human figures or forms are a classical themes within art. So it’s not surprising that it was the first drawing course that I took. Since then I have drawn hundreds of people. It turned out to be a subject that never bores me and offers many opportunities for expression. Moreover, I learn something from every model that I draw.

Human figures through history

The oldest drawings we know are not about people, but about animals. People – or parts of them – appear on cave drawings, but very limited. Our distant ancestors did also make small statues of human female forms; the so-called venus figurines or primal mothers. Structural portrayal of people through perception only started in the first major cultures of the Near East. The Greeks and Romans pushed these skills to great heights, as did their successors during the Renaissance. Nowadays, every artist is actually qualified at some point in the depiction of human models.

Me and human figures

My first course was model drawing. It brought me a lot. I learned to observe and think in lines and surfaces. After all these years I still find it a challenge to set the proportions correctly and to get muscle parts convincingly on paper or canvas. The possibilities for expression are endless. Not only in the posture of the model itself, but also in colors and use of materials. No matter how much I love to draw stones, I will always do some studies of the human figure beside that. If only to practice and keep the skill alive.

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