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Figure Sketching Made Simple

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Make figure sketching fun and fulfilling! Use loose, gestural techniques to quickly draw figures that are brimming with life.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Suhita Shirodkar
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Start sketching figures quickly and confidently with video lessons from Urban Sketchers correspondent and instructor Suhita Shirodkar. She'll start by introducing you to "verb" drawing and line-of-action techniques, as well as how to apply these methods to drawing figures from a variety of angles. Take your on-location sketching skills further with expert tips for capturing figures on the go and situating your subjects in space. Ready to add an element of storytelling to your work? Find out how as you sketch subjects in a variety of dynamic poses and add key details to your visual narrative. With these fundamentals covered, Suhita will help you capture lines of connection in your sketches, such as a figure reaching to grasp a piece of fruit. Plus, discover how to plan a complete composition, use watercolor to highlight your work's focal point and more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Drawing Verbs
Meet Suhita Shirodkar and begin to improve your figure sketching by loosening up and drawing more freely. As you sketch, you'll discover "verb" drawing and line-of-action techniques that will help you capture figures that are full of life.
2. People in Motion
3. Looking for Shapes
4. Capturing Dramatic Action
5. Drawing Connections
6. Creating Compositions
7. Bonus: Reference Footage

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser

Taught by

Suhita Shirodkar
Suhita Shirodkar
Suhita Shirodkar is an art director and graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience. In her own words, Suhita gravitates toward sketching because it allows her to "express what I never could in words, and remember and record the world around me as I see it at that very moment." As in instructor, Suhita has taught at the the Art Institute in Sunnyvale, California, as well as in Urban Sketching workshops around the world.

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