Where can I learn to draw people?

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Answered by: Mike, An Expert in the Drawing and Sketching - General Category
When new artists decide to learn how to draw people, it can seem like one of the more difficult skill sets to acquire, but with practice and the correct technique it can become second nature.

The Internet is probably the most likely place to find excellent ways to go about learning how to draw people. If you're looking for a video tutorial of various techniques, YouTube is the largest video sharing website out there, with dozens of "Learn to Draw" instructional videos. It not only has an enormous amount of people uploading content, but it also has a huge community that don't.

A great way to find information that wasn't presented in the video or wasn't very clear is to browse through the "comment" section, users are allowed to put their thoughts and ideas into comments while interacting with others in comments below the video. Since YouTube allows anyone to make an account and upload videos not only will you get access to various artists that just like to show off their hobby, but you will also get many professionals who give free tutorials to advertise their business and everything in between.

Art forums are a great way to gather and share ideas from other artists. Users can post questions, advice, and new concepts that you may not get exposure to anywhere else. They're very personal and if you're visiting a forum dedicated to art specifically the dedication along with the knowledge of the people on them is unrivaled. One very large and helpful art forum is http://www.wetcanvas.com, there are posts on just about any facet of art one can imagine. Some of their resources include: live chat, links to various fine art books, videos, and magazines, a virtual palette, competitions, other websites and much more.

Another rather large art forums is http://forum.deviantart.com/. deviantART is not only a great forum with lots of artists willing to discuss their work, but it is also one of the most popular art sharing websites out there. It is similar to YouTube in that users can register and upload their art for the community to view and artists can leave comments under the art for the artist and others to view. The gallery is enormous containing nearly every type of art and the artists are usually the ones that upload their own art, so they are very easy to approach and talk to. The community is very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable, with most artists willing to share their techniques and support new artists starting up.

Keep in mind while searching for ways to learn to draw people, not every technique will work for every artist. Just because someone uses one way to draw people and it looks phenomenal, doesn't mean you have to do it that way. That is where the importance of looking up many different artists and strategies to find one that suits your personal style lies. If after searching through these options you don't find the method that works for you, don't give up! There are many other venues to explore and there is a technique for everyone out there.

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