figure drawings

Figure Drawings and Portraits

Drawing the human figure plus a library of figure drawing e-books in PDF format.Click on a picture for more pictures.

New - Figure Drawings Store for books about figure drawing, sketching and drawing for animation.

More e-books on these pages:
Learn How to Draw How to draw People
Learn How to Draw Perspective How to Paint How to Draw Cartoons

Click on the links above for more ebooks. To purchase an e-book click on the link. The e-books are believed to be in the public domain based on their age. If you have information to the contrary, please email me immediately. You can find an email link on pages describing each e-book.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get my ebook?

If you use Paypal, once you make a payment you will get a final screen confirming your payment. At the bottom of that screen is a little RETURN button, like this.

(If you click it now it will take you to the home page.)
Click on that button and it will take you directly to my download page where all the information you need is available to instantly download your ebook.
If you don't see the button or miss it, you can email me. You can find an email link on each page describing the ebooks.

If you use Google Checkout, after making your Google Checkout payment using you credit card, please email me, tell me you have made a payment, and which ebook you have ordered. I will send you the link to the download information.

If you want to pay by check, just email me.

Why is Google Checkout not an instant download?

Google Checkout does not offer a custom return link to each of these ebooks.

I get an email notification when you order an ebook using Google Checkout and can respond to it. (I am not hanging out by the computer all day so I will respond when I check my email.) It is helpful if you would email me directly so I have your actual email address in case there is a problem.

I don't compile email addresses or send out newsletters from your personal correspondence. I might decide to do that some day but there will be a sign up form.

I am having trouble with the user name and password?

If you choose to cut and paste the user name and password, you may have picked up an extra blank space, the software recognizes this as a character and disallows the password.
Try typing the password instead.
If you are still having problems, make sure your caps lock button is off.
If you are still having problems, it is probably not your doing, so please email me and I will check out what is wrong.

I am still having trouble with the user name and password?

On some browsers it seems to work to just go to the directory rather than the file.

For instance go to:

This directory does not require a log-in, but you can see the files and just click on the file or each file in turn for those ebooks which I have divided into files.

The file won't open?

Make sure you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
If you do not have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download a free copy of the latest version here:
Acrobat Reader Download Site

I am having trouble opening the file on my Mac

I have a Mac and a PC. On the Mac when I am using Safari and click on the link to open the file Safari just seems to stall. Don't know why.
What does work though is to click on the link using the Firefox browser.
When you click on the link in Firefox a dialog box opens and you are given a choice to open the file in Preview or download it.
If you open the file in Preview, be sure to save a copy before you close Preview, or you will have to go back to the download site.

I plan to print out the ebook, will it fit on standard size paper?

I have taken some care to make sure each of the ebooks will print each page on a single 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.

How big are the files?

The ebooks are of various sizes but I have divided up the bigger ones into chapters mainly so I can email problem chapters using the file size limits in my yahoo email account but also so they don't time out on download. You can always re-access the download page by bookmarking it or by contacting me.

What if I am not satisfied?

If you are not happy I don't want your money, I'll refund it not questions asked. The easiest way is by Paypal, paypal takes a small handling charge. If you wish to avoid the handling charge email me with your address and I will send a check.

Where do these books come from?

I have been searching for some time for out of print drawing books which are hard to find but interesting to today's student of the arts and are in the public domain. You may be able to find your own copy at of these out of print books at, use this link to search:


Another source of out of print books is , you can use this search box to look for the book you are interested in:

You can sometimes Find hard to find items on eBay! , use this link to search for the one you are interested in: