Step by Step Drawing Instructions: Figure Drawing
This step by step drawing shows you the first two stages of drawing a person. The basic skeleton structure has oval (or 'sausage and egg'!) shaped guidelines added to represent the thickness of the sportsman's body.
You can work from a large clear photograph (easily found in most newspapers). Or copy or trace this printable art lesson worksheet, as a starting point for your own drawing.
Draw guidelines very lightly. Don't get sidetracked into worrying about "mistakes" - it's a waste of energy! Each change that you make is simply an adjustment that brings your sketch closer to a realistic figure drawing. Try to be reasonably accurate, but don't over do it. Concentrate on observation: looking carefully and understanding what you can see. You are learning all the time.
Taking the time to draw these step by step guidelines will help your finished drawing to look realistic because the figure will have the correct structure and shape. The clothes will look as if they belong to a real, solid sportsman - instead of floppy rubber man!
Once you have drawn these two stages, you can go on to add the details of clothing and face.
Complete step by step drawing instructions.
More about Figure Drawing: Proportions
Skeleton guidelines: The first stage of this drawing.