Figure Drawing (5 of 10) – Ribcage for Construction

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This lesson is about learning the ribcage shape. At this early stage, we don’t need to go too deep into human anatomy, but we think it’s worth taking the time to learn the ribcage shape, which we can incorporate into our simple constructions.

This way, we can use the visible landmarks on the figure to place and angle the shape. In the future, we will start to do exercises using even simpler shapes like cubes and cylinders, but at this stage we think it’s best to draw what’s visible in the figures we are observing.

This is part of our free step by step course for people just starting to learn life drawing. These tutorials designed to give you a structured series of exercises, techniques and lessons that will build your life drawing confidence.

There’s so much to learn at once, so we want to support you through the early stages, without overloading you with skills that can be learned later in the journey.

You can find Scott Breton’s 3D ribcage shape at or

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