Introduction to Artistic Figure Drawing

A course by Leonardo Gauna
Illustrator. La Plata, Argentina.
On Domestika since 08/27/2019
, Illustrator

Learn how to observe and depict the human figure with exercises to develop your style

  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 975 students
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
Introduction to Artistic Figure Drawing

Learn how to observe and depict the human figure with exercises to develop your style

  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 975 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 22 Lessons (3h 47m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Creating compositions based on the human figure and giving its features a poetic and symbolic character is one of the specialties of the Argentine artist and illustrator Leonardo Gauna. The design of faces and bodies is his fundamental axis, from which the artist begins to tell his stories and develop his projects. Leonardo’s work has been published in several books and has been exhibited in cities such as Tokyo, Paris, Toronto, Houston, and Belo Horizonte, among many others.

In this course, you will learn how to study, analyze and develop the drawing of a human figure from a live model and how to combine your illustration with other compositional elements to give your piece a unique finish. Through a series of exercises and elements of anatomy, you will be able to create a complete and artistic drawing of the human figure.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First approaches
  • U3
    U3. Basic anatomy
  • U4
    U4. Exercise observation
  • U5
    U5. In front of the model
  • FP
    FP Final project
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In the first unit, learn about Leonardo's work, his main projects, and published works. Get an introduction to the works of five artists who marked his career as an illustrator and everything he teaches during the course.

See all the materials and tools necessary to start working and get introduced to the basics of figure drawing during different historical periods. Leonardo teaches you the main notions of proportion and anatomical references used by the great masters of the art.

In the next unit, delve into the principles of anatomy, learn about bone and muscle structures, understanding the organization and movement dynamics of the human body’s main parts. Also, see resources and exercises to draw the face and limbs efficiently.

After learning the structure of the human figure, move on to the practical part, and perform composition and observation exercises. Leonardo gives advice on how to work with a live model. Learn how to work the lines with a higher level of detail and see how to give the final touches.

In unit five, do a series of exercises to illustrate different positions in a short period of time. Through practice, you will gain confidence and speed to develop your final project.

Make the final design and see how to incorporate scenographic elements such as objects, clothes, and other accessories in the composition. Leonardo gives you some final tips so that you can make your work more personal, giving the figure a more poetic and symbolic meaning.

What is this course's project?

Make a complete drawing of the human figure from a live model, in which you will represent its muscles, structures, and insert complementary elements in the composition to give it a personal and unique finish.

Who is it for?

To designers, drawers, and illustration lovers—whether they are beginners or professionals—who wish to incorporate the use of the human figure in their work in a simple way, or to perfect their work.

What you need

No previous knowledge is required to take this course. As for materials, you will need pencils, paper, and an eraser.


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Leonardo Gauna

A course by Leonardo Gauna


Leonardo Gauna is an illustrator with more than ten years of experience, who lives in the city of La Plata, Argentina. He has already worked as an illustrator for different media, institutions, agencies, and galleries that have taken him to cities like Tokyo, Toronto, Paris, Belo Horizonte, Prague, and Houston, among many others, presenting artistic and educational projects.

In 2014, TASCHEN included his work in the book Illustration Now 5! He has 12 books published and, in his latest, he compiles some of his work as an illustrator. He currently teaches workshops, courses, and carries out research on virtual reality, the subject of his thesis for his degree in Plastic Arts at the University of La Plata.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    First approaches

    • Materials
    • Human figure in the History of Art
    • Proportions in history
    • First analysis
  • U3

    Basic anatomy

    • Bone structure
    • Rib cage, hips and neck
    • Arms, legs, hands and feet
    • Face
    • Initial perspective
  • U4

    Exercise observation

    • Options and resources in addition to the model
    • First structure
    • Enrich our figure
    • Attention to detail I
    • Attention to detail II
  • U5

    In front of the model

    • Time exercises I
    • Time exercises II
    • Start sketch
    • Intermediate sketch development
    • Final development
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to the artistic drawing of the human figure

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Introduction to Artistic Figure Drawing. A Illustration course by Leonardo Gauna

Introduction to Artistic Figure Drawing

A course by Leonardo Gauna
Illustrator. La Plata, Argentina.
On Domestika since 08/27/2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 975 students