In this step by step drawing demonstration, you will learn how to draw a man running. (You can make your man running from whatever you want.) Drawing a person is easy when you know the steps. It doesn’t really matter what position they are in. People are made up of very simple shapes. Drawing people is just about understanding the shapes and then drawing them in the right places.
For more on drawing people, be sure to check out the how to draw people page.
When you draw any figure, it’s a good idea to start with a line that goes from the head to the feet. This way, you are assured that you will fit your entire figure on your paper. Since our man will be running, we will start will a slightly curved line.
The shoulders and the waist go a long way in defining the position and posture of the figure, so the next thing we need to do is define is the line for the shoulders and the waist. In this case, I’ll draw a curved line for the shoulders and a curved line for the waist.
Anyone can draw a stick figure. In this step, you need to draw a simple stick figure. You can draw a shape for the hands and feet as well as the head. Remember to draw your lines lightly, so that you can erase them later.
Using your stick figure as a guide, draw shapes for the arms, legs and neck. I call this step “putting meat on the bones”. This step will define the figure fully and will allow you to finish the drawing of the man running in the last step.
Using the structural drawing that you created in the previous steps, you can finish the drawing. Be sure to use a variety of line thicknesses. Also, you may want to define a light source by adding some shadow on one side of the figure. Drawing a a man running is actually easy when you just break it down into steps.