How to Sketch Human Figures


Sketching human figures is an essential skill for any architect or hobby sketcher in order to make sketched spaces more understandable and relatable.

Here are 3 Reasons Why integrating human figures in architectural sketches is important.

01/ Architecture is for People

Generally speaking, architecture is about creating spaces for people and therefore it makes sense to add people into spaces which are meant for them.

02/ Storytelling

By populating our sketches, we depict more lively environments and we create greater opportunities to express our idea, because people are the key element of storytelling.

03/ Sense of Scale

Finally, and most importantly, human figures add a sense of scale to our sketches. Therefore, we should always refer to a human figure when defining the scale of sketched spaces and surroundings.

Get better at sketching Human Figures by practicing with this Free Downloadable Worksheet!

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    If you want more in-depth material on how to:

    • sketch human figures based on the right proportions

    • incorporate them into perspective sketches

    • and work with them to build a sketched composition in the right scale

    then check out my PDF Handbook or join my Online Course for more video demonstrations.

    Happy sketching!