Welcome to Figure Drawing!

Our goal in this course will be to build on what you have learned in your Foundational Drawing Class and develop your ability to accurately render the Human Figure. You’ll learn the basic forms of the human body, their proportions, and how those forms are connected.

By the end of the course, (with lots of practice!) you’ll be able to draw a human form interacting with the world around it.  This skill is the gateway to so many visual art careers! After all, we are human an the stories we are usually most interested in are ones depicting other human beings!

On this site you will have access to materials presented in class, your weekly assignments, and additional helpful resources.

Here you will also post your Sketchbook to share with your classmates.  Carefully read the directions in the UPLOADING INSTRUCTIONS POST on how to post to this site and to your ePortfolio.

— Happy Drawing!

Instructor’s Office


When you have questions about this class, or the assignments please post them here, so that answers benefit other students who may have the same questions.

By tagging your posts with the category, “office” any questions you have for me will appear here on this thread, and will be easy to find for all of us.

If you need to communicate with me privately, please email me at SJWoolley.citytech.cuny.edu

or you may stop by my office hours:

N1126 Tuesdays 10-11am

N1126 Thursdays 10-11am

Uploading Instructions


Upload photographs or scans of your Sketchbook from this semester in the Sketchbook Category on this site.  (I’ll be checking this category WEEKLY to monitor your progress and participation.  This is mandatory.)


Upload photographs or scans of your best Classwork and Assignment Drawings from this semester into your ePortfolio.  (I’ll be checking your portfolio at midterm and at finals.  This is mandatory.)


Be sure to give all the drawings a title.  On our class site, write brief descriptions of the drawings, and be sure to reference the drawings’ titles.  Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answers.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to Post located on the left > Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this: Assignment 1, contour drawing: “My Converse Sneakers” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may include other thoughts as well.

How to Post to your ePortfolio:  Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate “Parent” in the Page Attributes > choose “Academics” from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Figure Drawing) or our course code (COMD1231).  Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.  In settings, be sure to state either “Public” or “Private>visible to City Tech members.”  Otherwise no one will be able to see what you’ve posted.

To take the photo, find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.  Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.  Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.

However, If you have access to a scanner, scanning is ALWAYS BEST.