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Figure Drawing for Beginners

A course by ZURSOIF Miguel Bustos Gómez
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined April 2019
, Illustrator

Learn the basics of drawing the human body with ideal proportions without using a model

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (1.8K)
  • 56662 students
Figure Drawing for Beginners

Learn the basics of drawing the human body with ideal proportions without using a model

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (1.8K)
  • 56662 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (1h 47m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The desire to capture the human figure and its complex mechanics, shapes and structures has challenged artists throughout history, and it hasn’t been any different for Zursoif. With a career spanning over 15 years, the illustrator and draftsman has made the representation of the human body the focus of his work, specializing in figurative art and anatomical drawing.

In this course you'll learn how to draw the human figure proportionally, starting from the drawing of lines and circles. Using the right techniques and exercises, you'll be able to give your drawings a very realistic appearance and build a catalog of poses that will serve as a guide for making elaborate and detailed images.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Drawing Basics
  • U3
    U3. General proportions
  • U4
    U4. Extremities
  • U5
    U5. Applications
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You'll start by getting to know Zursoif, his career as an illustrator and his main influences. Then you'll take a detailed look at what you’ll be creating in the course, and the equipment you’ll need to achieve the desired results.

In the second unit, you'll perform exercises to warm up your hand, starting with the drawing of straight lines of different lengths, and circles. you'll learn to use the basic tools and you'll also see how the way in which you rest your hand, elbow, and arm can interfere with your result.

Afterward, you'll learn the general measurements of the human body in practice. You'll use the drawing of circles and its division into halves and thirds in order to represent the upper part of the human skeleton: head, back, and pelvis. To complete the unit you'll see the spine and the division of the vertebrae, to try to understand the movement dynamics of the upper body.

Based on the measurements and general proportions you learned in the previous step, you'll connect the different limbs, and Zursoif will explain aspects related to the movement of each part. You'll start by learning to locate the upper extremities: arm, forearm, and hand, and then you’ll start to do the same with the lower extremities, divided into thigh, leg, and foot.

In the last unit you'll explore movement by drawing more dynamic figures and, then, you'll learn to represent volume in the human body through simple geometric shapes. To conclude, you'll learn some post-production tips using projection and perspective techniques.

What is this course's project?

You’ll create a catalog of poses from which you will be able to practice drawing the human body through proportions and exercises, ranging from drawing lines to creating body postures in motion.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone who is interested in drawing the human body, from children to adults.

What you need

You won’t need any previous knowledge, just the desire to draw the human body.

Regarding the materials you'll need pencils, paper, tracing paper, ruler, compass, and something circular you can trace.


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ZURSOIF Miguel Bustos Gómez

Miguel Bustos Gómez, better known as Zursoif, is a Colombian draftsman, illustrator and professor with 15 years of professional career. He has been working as a teacher in Casatinta since 2012, conducting drawing, anatomy and illustration workshops.

He has worked as an illustrator for different publishers such as: Rey Naranjo - Gabo: memorias de una vida mágica, 2012, Ediciones Vestigio - El Pornógrafo, 2019, and Editorial Planeta - El difícil oficio de perdonar, 2019.


  • U1


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

    Drawing Basics

    • The stroke and the body
    • Lines and division into halves and thirds
    • Circles
  • U3

    General proportions

    • Division in 8 heads
    • Head (Basic)
    • Torso (rib cage)
    • Pelvis (Pelvic Box)
    • Column (and movement)
  • U4


    • Upper extremity
    • Arm and forearm
    • Hands
    • Lower limb
    • Thigh and leg
    • Foot
  • U5


    • Body shafts
    • Body volume
    • Projections and perspective
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Anatomical drawing for beginners

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Figure Drawing for Beginners. A Illustration course by ZURSOIF Miguel Bustos Gómez Best Seller

Figure Drawing for Beginners

A course by ZURSOIF Miguel Bustos Gómez
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined April 2019
  • 98% Positive reviews (1.8K)
  • 56662 students