I just finished up teaching a one week long pre-college figure drawing class for animation students. As always I started the class off with the rough skeleton.

It truly is the least intimidating way to start drawing the figure.

In class I had the students draw the figure in one minute poses. You really only need one minute to draw out the rough skeleton.

So where do I use this technique?

This technique is best used when trying to draw the figure from your imagination. It’s amazing how you can craft a figure out of nothing using this simple technique. However you can also use this technique when drawing the figure from life.

The Rough Skeleton

Now in the video above I showed you more versus less. However if you work from light to dark just drawing out the bones that is truly all you need.

If you would like to learn more about how to dive into this technique a little deeper click here.

This is certainly not a technique to blow off. There are many subtleties to drawing the rough skeleton from your imagination or from life. They include goodies like anatomy, gesture and form just to name a few.

Learn how to draw a likeness of the figure every time.

The Rough Skelton