Drawing 103: Figure Drawing Without a Model

In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. 

We’ll start out by drawing some simplified figures based on shapes such as easy-to-draw shapes such as ovals and cylinders; learn about the proportions; then learn how to add shading and details to make our figures look realistic and three dimensional.

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, you’re welcome in this class. Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures.  Nils Osmar, instructor

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Student Reviews

Exactly what I was looking for

Rated 5 out of 5

I was looking for Seattle figure drawing classes that did more than just set up a model and tell people to start drawing… this class looked good so I took a chance and signed up. I’m glad I did because it was exactly what I was looking for.

Robin T. (Seattle)

A total difference in my artwork

Rated 5 out of 5

I took your figure drawing class five years ago. It made a total difference in my artwork. Thanks for offering it.

Randy Palmer

Noticeable improvement

Rated 5 out of 5

This was a great class for me. It went at an easy pace, but covered more than most figure drawing classes cover in a year. My wife mentioned the improvement in my drawings.

Will Travis

Big improvement and better understanding

Rated 5 out of 5

It was great, exactly what I was hoping for. I improved a lot and I understand the figure better now.

Mary Lewis (Seattle)

Not so daunting anymore

Rated 5 out of 5

I liked learning techniques. Nils simplified the process so that drawing the figure is not so daunting to me anymore. Great class!

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Rated 5 out of 5

Thanks for the extra help with hands and feet. The class was excellent and I’ll be back for some more in the future.

Sarah F. (Seattle)

Positive and affirming

Rated 5 out of 5

Instructors attitude toward students, their objectives and their output was positive and affirming….encouraging and accepting

Alan D. (Bellevue)

Simplify important concepts

Rated 5 out of 5

I liked the instructor’s ability to simplify the important concepts necessary to draw the human figure including foreshortening.

Judy M.

Really fun

Rated 5 out of 5

I loved it, it was really fun.

Kathryn L., Seattle

I would for sure recommend it to a friend!

Rated 5 out of 5

This was my first figure drawing class, I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the door. I felt comfortable at all times and I enjoyed the different skill levels in the class. I loved the teacher and overall I learned a great deal and had fun in the class. I would for sure recommend it to a friend!

Karen Bailey, Seattle

I had never drawn people before.

Rated 5 out of 5

I took Drawing Faces and Portraits two weeks ago. I was honestly amazed. I had never drawn people before. I’ll be back for more classes in the future.

Theresa C.

Something clicked

Rated 5 out of 5

The beginning drawing class was great. Something clicked about halfway through the course. I feel like I really understand it now.

Dave A.

A pleasure

Rated 5 out of 5

Your teaching style was a pleasure to learn by and I enjoyed your class very much.

Ruth B. (Seattle)

Loved it

Rated 5 out of 5

I loved the drawing class. You gave us room to experiment but also gave us lots of helpful information.

Gordon G.

Helped polish my skills and boost my confidence

Rated 5 out of 5

Nils, Just wanted to let you know that I completed my application to the Game Animation Certificate program, and as of a week ago received notice of my acceptance. One of my portfolio pieces was a charcoal figure based upon one of the exercises from class – and of course, I’d never touched charcoal before meeting you. Thanks again for all the tips and encouragement! Your classes really helped polish my skills and boost my confidence a great deal.


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