Figure drawing: A beginner's guide

Now let's focus on how to draw a male figure. Our figure here is in a contrapposto pose – this Italian term means counterpoise, or counterbalance, and refers to a figure balancing more weight on one side, usually the straight-leg side of the body, in a standing pose. The most famous contrapposto artwork is probably Michelangelo’s David.

Art terms like this are a great way to get your head around the creative process. Check out our art terms glossary for more explanations of commonly used terms.

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Chris is obsessed with figure drawing and painting. He loves sharing great information on art, picture-making and topics like which paint brush to use.