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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: bluesrat.deviantart.com/art/Su… 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.
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
*laugh* Looks to me like you've figured that part out!
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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?
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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.
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Miskatonika Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship:

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