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How I Draw Part.1. by Pharoahess How I Draw Part.1. by Pharoahess
I thought I would finally do a sort of show-and-tell of how I draw. This is, in no way, a tutorial. To start, I use my basic tools, cold press sketchbook paper and a Blue Col-Erase with some finishing touches in Photoshop. I don't use thumbnails though they are extremely helpful in some circumstances. I start with an idea and let it sit and stew for a few days before I draw it. With this one, the idea came from a book I just finished reading. Lady Sarah Stanton is from Andrew P. Mayer's excellent book, 'The Falling Machine, The Society of Steam, Book 1.'

Step 1. Movement.

I love movement in a piece. It makes or breaks the art. I like flowing lines, thus I start with a curved 'S' for the spine and a long 'C' for the hips. Then a series of curves to define shoulders and neck. This is sort of defensive pose, notice how all the lines are tightly tucked in to give the impression of a defensive stance. I added some lines to define where I wanted the arms and a gun belt to go and finished off with a quick oval for a head. I drew some straight lines to decide where I wanted facial features to go, the breast to be and the hand to go.

2.Proportions.

A couple of circles is all I need to define rib cage and hips. Obviously female, I paid attention to how small the rib cage should be and how much wider the hips should be...even though this is a young woman, I still made sure to give her slightly wider hips. I then put in a 'V' for the hips themselves and some circles for the sockets there. I fleshed out the face a bit and added definition to the waist area and legs. I added some volume for the hair next. I moved onto the arms and drew some circles for wrist and elbows then fleshed it out. I finished by defining where and how i wanted the hands.

3. Roughing it all out.

I combined a few steps here so bear with me while I sort it all out.
First, I started with hands. I decided how I wanted each knuckle and drew some circles and lines to connect. I moved down each arm and added some more muscle. I curved out the breast a bit more. I decided I was done with the basic pose and armature of the character.
Second, Head. I drew a quick expression. She is pissed, royally. That's how I wanted it. Yes, the defensive posture is still there, but she's working up the courage to knock your teeth out. Hair was next and it had to be half up and half down to show that her refinement is slipping away.

Third. Research. I took a break to look up Victorian Day Dress styles which are very different from formal gowns. I began to flesh it out first by drawing some curving lines on the arms and legs (very faint now.) These help me decide what is moving back and forth in space. Finally some more touches like the gun, necklace and a hint of gloves.

Sorry for the novel, I just needed to get it all straight in my own head. It's so much easier to just draw it! All these steps I learned in college from professionals and through observation. My biggest advice is go observe and draw people. T.V. is also a useful tool for this. Take figure drawing classes or have friends model for you...bribe with food. Works every time. I do follow a formula and I hope I am describing it well enough to understand. Part 2 might be up later on tonight or even tomorrow. Thanks.

Edit: Part 2 is taking longer than I thought...sorry. Thanks to everyone who faved this...I can't keep up with them all so here's one big thanks!
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Hells-Maid Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is probably the most helpful thing ever and im not entirely sure why? i think because its short and simple, and to the friggin point. i normally reference stock, and pose studies for my art, and yet its never looked like its mine, so i went looking for a way to sketch up ideas so i can get somewhere else with my art and your three picture not-a-tutuorial-step-by-step helped out a lot. 

so. i just wanted to say thanks for sharing this, its helpful and im improving by each sketch i do because of it. thank you.
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kai123321 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
very helpfull
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erionmema Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
nice !!
take a look at my work (timelapse)
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pixielil Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
can you teach me how to draw tights?
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ThePaperPapaya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015   Digital Artist
reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaalllllllyyy helpful! much thanks~
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm really glad this helps you!  Thanks and you're welcome!
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ThePaperPapaya Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Digital Artist
:)
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quadgunnr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh my GOD

it WORKSSS


Thank you :)
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Dragoandnikki Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Artist
This is very helpful. Even if you think it's easier to go without the steps, this helped me to visualize how to draw, thank you for that.
I've been struggling with art for a while, so you're a bright spot.
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
I'm happy this worked out for you.  Visualizing is far more important but sometimes a few words about how someone did something helps too.  Thanks!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My favorite step is coloring.
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Oh, coloring...how I wish I could master thee.  Coloring seems to be the one step I get hung up on.  Thanks for stopping by!
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ImagineMeDragon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
to me, this was a way helpful tutorial! How could you say its not? Well i can kinda see why, but still extremely helpful!
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, I am glad you liked it. I think it's more automatic response for me now, I don't think about it anymore. Suddenly slowing down and putting it step by step was hard to write. I froze and went mind blank a few times. Anyway, thanks!
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InsuredInsanity Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
This was very helpful! Thank you so much! I feel as though lately I've been lacking curves and movement in my drawings. Every time I attempt to draw a human figure, the movement seems stiff and somewhat forced into place. These illustrations here that you did helped me tremendously!
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you got something out of it.
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samzhengpro Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
buullshit'
no way i can draw that good
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Why not?  Just keep drawing and don't ever stop.  Always carry a sketch book (or at least some paper) and a pencil and just draw.  Skill comes with practice.  These tutorials are the lessons I learned in college that some people keep asking me about.  I just interpret them as best I can.  I hope you get something from these. :) 
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samzhengpro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i draw. but i dont draw like that.
if you see the art on my page... those are all artworks in a book i carry around in my pencil case... tell me. am i getting any better?
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Neither did I a first.  My first sketch book was just a binder with clear sheets in it and computer paper.  I carried an Animerica magazine around everywhere and drew what I saw.  From the chibis to the Disney, I see an improvement.  Go inside what you're drawing and see the bones first. 
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samzhengpro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:C
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sam, I looked at your drawings and they are excellent! I don't know if you've improved or not because I just looked at the first page (where I assumed I would see amateur work). Well, I saw GREAT work! No kidding! You do the same thing I do: you take pictures of your art, so it doesn't look as good as it REALLY is. I'm trying to figure out a better way to take pictures of my work. Wish me luck!
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samzhengpro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my book wouldnt fit on the scanner. also, the disney drawings are from images online. all the rest i made up on the spot. :O
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TheTooginator Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are REALLY good! Here's an idea I read online about an hour ago: take your drawings outside on a sunny day at noon and photograph them then! It sounds like it might help both of us. I don't know if it will work, but you never know.
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Ermin96 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
how to draw such curves mine don't look so realistic xd
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Curves, huh?  What about the curves?  I'll help if I can. :)
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Ermin96 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
well they don't look that realistic enough you know they just look like a normal curvy line not creating a nice body :s I don't know what else to say lol
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Insomniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful indeed.
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment!  I'm glad you found this helpful.
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OuttaGalaxy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hi there!

I have used your tutorial to make a drawing, here's the link! outtagalaxy.deviantart.com/art…

Thank you very much, it was very helpful.
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Glad you found it useful.  Good job!
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SilverbackEwok Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Very helpful. Thanks a lot! :happybounce: 
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Welcome and thanks for commenting!
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Superskinz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great and well described I will be trying this on my next piece to see if I can pick up the way you go through your formula as it seems to work great and as you say gives the picture a sense of motion and flow which is great and is something I am lacking. Great tips and look forward to reading part to.
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
From what I've seen of your work, you're on the right track.  My advice is to first study the insides of your subject.  In the Aspen/Fathom piece, spend some more time on the gesture and bones inside the body then work outward.  Some of Michael Turner's original sketches are just blobs of scribbles trying to find the right curve to start on and then he built on top of that.  Every professional artist you watch does this.  Work from the inside out.
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Superskinz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the nice comment and for the great advice :) yeah I tend to struggle to draw without any references I find that my stick man type skeleton starting point just doesn't feel correct proportion wise but when I'm copying something from a comic I can get my starting skeleton just right and the building up works pretty well when the start is correct. Once I get some time after moving home I'm gonna start sitting down more often and practise the basics again. Thank you again for the help and advice really appreciate it
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Artistic-Shikigami Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very impressive! Well done
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Artistic-Shikigami Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur very welcome ^-^
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bhudicae Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful and interesting! I love the fluidness of your drawings :love:
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
Glad it was helpful to you!
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MicheaB Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's really interesting to see how you come up with the sketches, I'm always curious how other artists do their work! :D
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Pharoahess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
This was hard to do, let me tell you! LOL! I am used to just finishing a sketch and scanning it but I had to think in layers and scan them so folks could see how I do stuff. It was fun though. I might be putting some actual tutorials up soon.
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MicheaB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have to do all mine on paper, so scanning in my progress never really works. That and my tablet doesn't like me or the now um....mostly smoking computer (ok, so I put the fire out a while ago...like last week...but still)

But it's always awesome to see how people do things!
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