Drawing the figure is one of the quickest ways to gain drawing proficiency, hand-eye coordination and develop a personal manner or style with a chosen media. Because models pose for short periods of time, the artist must learn to work rapidly to capture the “gesture” of the pose, while generating the structural form of the model’s figure. Highlights are shadows are essential components of structure and must be regarded equally important as the contour of the figure. Students need to learn to focus of this in drawing from the live model. The drawings on this post represent images made directly from a live model and include smaller sized sketches, as well as larger acrylic painted pictures.