Figure drawing can be an all consuming task but what if you just want to add a quick figure to a painting for scale and context? Does it have to be intimidating? No.

As with anything, knowledge is power. The more you know the easier and more enjoyable a task is. I find this especially true with painting.

I want to show that adding a figure in a painting, from a street scene to a landscape, is simple and straight forward. So easy, in fact, that it can be summed up in three strokes.

Why three strokes? To keep yourself from fiddling and to learn mindful brush control.

In the below video, from my YouTube channel, I show five examples of painting the simple figure form with three strokes (shhh, i dab a bit to much so it can look like 4 or 5), all of which turn out completely different; from a figure in a kimono to a figure in a 20’s style hat and fur coat. To me, that is all part of the fun, you never know what you are going to get.

Watch the video and practice a few times. I am sure you will be surprised with what you end up with.

If you can, please share this video with others. Spread the knowledge!