Draw the human body from sight

Draw the human body from sight
(Image credit: Phillip Tyler)

You'd think learning how to draw the human body from sight would be simple – after all, we all have one, right? But as we all think we know what the body looks like, when we bring in that prior knowledge and end up drawing that rather than the exactitude of the arm or leg that's in front of us.

This post will teach you how to get round that mental block, focusing on different techniques and approaches in a step-by-step format. Want to extend your drawing in other areas? See our roundup of how to draw tutorials. And remember to get yourself the best pencils to draw with, too.

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Philip Tyler

Born in London, Tyler is a figurative painter and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the school of art, where he teaches life drawing, visual research and colour theory.