Exceptional Drawings of People You Can Master With Ease

Exceptional Drawings of People You Can Master With Ease

Colorful Disco Girl
Rendition of Disco Girl using splatter and Line Technique. Getty Images

People are (obviously!) everywhere, which makes them an obvious choice when it comes to creating art. Even if you're by yourself, you can still look in a mirror and find a person to draw.

People are also, unfortunately, just about the most difficult subject to accurately capture. The ability to draw humans is regarded as one of the most admirable artistic skills. 

To get a feel for drawing people, you need to do more than look in a mirror: you need to get some help from outside sources.

Seek Inspiration

Before you jump in feet first, it helps to have a reason for wanting to draw people. Maybe you want to do a sketch of your Grandparents' wedding picture for their 50th anniversary; maybe your little sister is graduating high school, and you want to do a drawing of her in her cap and gown as a present for your parents. Whatever the reason, whenever you're creating art it helps to have an inspiration rather than just learning to do something simply to prove you can. 

The "great" artists often had muses. Mona Lisa was a real person, as are many of the other people in classic drawings. 

Is there a TV character you find attractive? A movie star? A singer? Why not choose them as your model? Having a specific person in mind gives you a framework to strive for, and when you're done you have a one-of-a-kind poster of your favorite celebrity to hang on your wall.

Ultimately, give yourself a goal, and make sure you're inspired to meet that goal.

Don't Underestimate References

Picking someone in particular to draw helps for two reasons: the first was that it motivates you to keep trying; the second is because it's easier to draw something you can see. Some people don't think art drawn from a reference is "real" art. Guess what? It is! There's no shame in using a model or photo to guide you along as you translate reality to paper.

The Great Artists

The "great" artists were well known for using references for their art. Monet's lily pads were real lily pads in his pond; as said before, Mona Lisa was a real person.

Leonard da Vinci is perhaps one of the greatest artists of all time - not necessarily because he made the best art, but because he sought intrinsic truths through his art. Da Vinci's sketches detail human anatomy and provided an invaluable foundation in both the artistic and scientific fields. His search for understanding of the human body was so intense that he even visited morgues in order to perform autopsies and artistically capture what he saw.

Don't Neglect Science

Drawing humans isn't just about what you can see: to really represent a person, it helps to know the science of the human body. While this seems tedious, you'll appreciate a foundation of knowledge on skeletons, muscles, tendons, et cetera. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not important to the final drawing.

Embrace your inner da Vinci. Now, this doesn't mean you should go out and do autopsies, but it does mean that you need to invest time in your education when it comes to understanding the human body.

Crafting Cartoons

One of the more popular styles of drawing people is drawing cartoons. Cartoons seem simple, right? You get to forget all that stuff about anatomy for cartoons, right?


You have to learn the rules before you can break them. Knowing how to maintain proportion, knowing how limbs bend, knowing how the body is connected (which is all stuff that studying anatomy will teach you!) then lets you alter those elements to craft your cartoon humans.

In a cartoon, you have to draw characters consistently. Learning how to capture realistic humans gives you the skill to design and repeatedly produce your imaginary cartoon characters. 

From there, cartoon characters are all about imagination. Drawing cartoon people is one dash real-world anatomy, two dashes playtime!

Keep At It

Don't get discouraged if you read up on accurate human proportions, learn about the skeletal and muscular systems, and find a muse you’re compelled to capture, but your human drawings still aren’t up to snuff. Don't give up! The most important thing you can do is keep at it. You came to this corner of the internet because you want to draw humans. Hold on to that spark! Keep working, keep learning, keep practicing, and one day you’ll sit down to sketch and realize that drawing people is second nature to you!