Sketching Tips The main building frame or skeleton of the figure is a basic stick figure. This helps you to get the basic pose and proportions worked out before getting into the details. After the stick figure is drawn, build up/flesh out the forms. Stay loose so that the figure has "life" and doesn't get stiff and rigid. Keep your lines light at first as you gradually "sculpt" and form your figure. Get darker as each line comes into focus. I like to kind of loosely scribble out my figures to develop them. I hold my pencil about 4 cm from the tip so I stay loose. As the figure develops, I hold it closer to the tip to have more control and draw the details. I've studied and copied lots of other artist's work to learn how they draw and then develop my own style. See my page on Learn to Draw by Copying for more details.