Figure Drawing – Step by Step

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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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!

Former Student Online Review


Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5

I loved it, it was really fun.

Kathryn L., Seattle

I would for sure recommend it to a friend!

Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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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