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Drawing better poses

Mon Dec 3, 2007, 2:59 PM
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Ever find yourself looking at your art, thinking how boring all your characters' poses look?  It's one of the long-standing things that bother me about my art.  But recently I came across a trick that's really helping, and I figure, y'know, why not share, right?  I can hardly be the only person who wants to liven up her static-looking figures.

Now, I can't take credit for inventing this, because it's probably one of the oldest tricks in the book.  But it's the simplest thing in the world:  all you have to do is draw a line!

I was going to explain it, but pictures usually work better, so here you go:… it helps you as much as it has me!

But hey, if that doesn't make sense to you or if it's not clear enough, tell me so.  I've never made a tutorial before.

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Miskatonika Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard of that method! How cool...

Unfortunately I'm still in the "how to draw" phase.
Bluesrat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
*laugh* Looks to me like you've figured that part out!
Miskatonika Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I mean making up stuff in your head, like you do ^.^

Do you use references at all?
Bluesrat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
When I use references, it's usually for foreshortening or points of detail, such as the pen in this guy's mouth ([link]). I looked up some photos for that. Probably the most common thing I use references for is hands, but I'm less inclined to hunt up pictures than to contort myself to peer at my own. :D I have also been known to strike poses in front of my mirror when I'm having trouble with anatomy.

I do make fairly frequent use of photo references for things like, oh, benches or lamps or carvings on doors when I actually bother to include scenery in a picture. And I did use a reference for the man in my Train Ride picture ([link]). Frankly, I ought to do it more often. I can spot a distinct improvement in my work every time I do a picture from a reference. It's incredibly good practice. Most of what I learned about faces and shadow comes from a period when I made a habit of sketching people from photos in magazines and catalogs.
Miskatonika Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

It must have taken a loooooot of practice in order to get where you are now :) Very cool!
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December 3, 2007