Male Figure Drawing – From Reference

Posted on 2012/06/15 at 10:08 by daarken 23 Comments

In this video Daarken paints a male figure from reference. Instead of starting with a line drawing, he starts by blocking in large shapes and silhouettes.

Music by
Trash80 from Icarus
Sycamore Drive from Kicks/Moves

Male Figure Drawing – From Reference from Daarken on Vimeo.

23 Comments on "Male Figure Drawing – From Reference"

  1. Jawad · 2012/06/16 at 05:41 · Reply

    awesome!, can you recommand some good ref websites for figure drawing? It is pretty hard to find live drawing class here. I’m also looking forward to your head portrait demo.

  2. Judy · 2012/06/18 at 01:05 · Reply

    Daarken this is a wonderful tutorial. I am always scared to start with color. But it is time to start different approach. Thanks for this tutorial :)

  3. Lukas · 2012/06/18 at 08:41 · Reply

    This site really develops in a great way. Is there a chance to do a tutorial about environments and a material/surface approach? I’m struggling with environments which tend to come out all blurred, muddy and without clear definition. I’d really appreciate any advice on a topic of how to make objects readable in a great variety of rhythm.


  4. Konky · 2012/06/19 at 05:57 · Reply

    Would it be possible to create a tutorial on perspective when drawing stuff like vehicles? i got the basics down when it comes to the different point perspectives.. but if im drawing a plane for example.. im having lots of trouble knowing how far to push the wings in perspective..

    If im drawing something like this for example:
    its hard for me to know how to make the wings look like the same lenght if they somewhat foreshortened. Thanks anyways :) Great music choices btw! ive never heard these songs before.. but i like all of them XD

  5. Dustin Burdick · 2012/06/21 at 19:23 · Reply

    You mentioned that you are running out of things to say. How about a tutorial on colour picking? I think like an oil painter, and the transition into photoshop colour is kind of awkward. I’m thinking “Ok if I mix red with green then such and such happens”, but I look at photoshop and the colour works completely different.

  6. Raffy · 2012/07/03 at 16:29 · Reply

    Daarken you’re an amazing artist..your works are so helpful.

  7. Amberthyst · 2012/07/05 at 02:05 · Reply

    I think that watching the process, even if it’s the same, is still educational without commentary. I feel like it builds understanding so that your abilities only have to catch up. That’s been my philosophy, anyways. Really appreciate this video.

    What I would be interesting in hearing about, though, is more concept art specific stuff. I know you’ve said that you can sometimes start with a sketch and then build off of it into a new design during the painting process, but I wonder if there’s anything you could say about idea development and the techniques to come up with the designs? I know it’s more advanced from “This is how you draw/paint digitally/etc,” but it’s something that I’m personally interested in.

  8. Sang Hee · 2012/08/19 at 13:45 · Reply

    Hi Daarken. I’ve noticed that you change colors without clicking anything. I only know that [ and ] change brush size but never heard of changing color in any way.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/08/19 at 14:10 · Reply

      I am using the eyedropper (alt) to change colors.

  9. Muze · 2012/10/30 at 20:00 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, thanks for all the tutorials, they are really helpful. I have a question: Wich method do you prefer to work, starting with the line and then add the values, or start directly painting the volumes and putting values ? Wich way you think it’s the best to improve and learn? Even if the second method is more difficult, it’s a lot of fun, but i’m afraid i’m not learning the right way (in high school, you know, we have all those construction lines and geometric forms, kinda boring…) Thanks again!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/10/30 at 22:32 · Reply

      There isn’t really a “right” or “wrong” way to start a painting. I suggest trying both ways and see which one appeals to you more. Draftsmanship is very important, so I definitely suggest working on your drawing skills because it will help your paintings a lot.

  10. Rodrigo · 2012/11/05 at 14:40 · Reply

    Daarken Hello, I would like to know what brush you use to make your drawings, I saw the videos that you use a lot like the Chalk .. your videos are very good, thanks for sharing!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/11/05 at 17:42 · Reply

      You can download my brushes from this site.

  11. DHH · 2012/12/02 at 19:39 · Reply

    When the music cut in at about 3:30 it was a biiiiiiit of an earrape. Had to turn it up to hear you and then suddenly there’s this BOOM.

    Other than that, learned alot from this video. I love process videos like this.

  12. Kamui Shiro · 2013/01/13 at 09:50 · Reply

    could make real-time tutorial of this or release real time video of this without/with the talk part?
    do u have plans to upload this on youtube?
    keep up the good work

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/01/13 at 15:38 · Reply

      Yeah I can probably upload the full version one day, but it won’t have any narration.

  13. Gwen · 2013/05/26 at 08:15 · Reply

    Great tutorial, as usual, but don’t like this kind of music… Too bad for me… ;-)

  14. Marya · 2013/05/29 at 23:22 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, Thank you for the great tutorial. I have a question. How long it took you to finish this painting?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/05/29 at 23:41 · Reply

      Thanks! I think around 100 minutes.

  15. kiran · 2017/05/19 at 03:38 · Reply

    hi sir,recently i found ur name though the internet.. i’m very glad find you sir :) ..
    i have question about “Chroma”
    Values have scale so we can render any form any mood and light conditions .. But i think chroma is keep changing at different light condition & moods and by the different metirials also … so how can i practice the chroma and how can apply imagination painting??
    How can take right right value with right chroma through the Photoshop “color picker”.. as u did.. plz give any suggestion -articles ,books,video tutorials..

    i’m very frustrated this question pls help me out of from this…

    thanks lot for ur time knowledge..

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