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Learning to See - A Tutorial

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I can't even remember when I started this. It was a long time ago, at least three years. Originally I wanted to include it with the Best of SenshiStock book but I never developed it as much as I wanted to for the book. Instead of keeping it unfinished forever on my harddrive where no one would see it, I finally just decided to upload it here. It's really incomplete but I hope the basic stuff I talk about will be helpful.

The initial pose used is Sailor Pose 51 by SenshiStock

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards can be found at DrawRight.com. (It's a great book, really amazing.)

I really hope that some of you get a lot of use from this! :heart: Huge image is huge.

You can use other techniques in combination with this one (like using balls and boxes for different parts of the body). Use all the tools available to you to make the best art you can make!

Want more tutorials like this one? Start here: whitetrashpalace.deviantart.co…

Want to be able to work from more than one reference instead of just relying on finding 'the perfect pose'? Check out: The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth

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lizziecat1279Student General Artist
Hey there Sakky! I have found this tutorial to be one of the most helpful tools to share with people over the years, but I realized today that all of these references are human references!

Obviously that's because this particular tutorial is focused on the human form, but I was wondering if you would be alright if I made an animal version!
I'm not quite sure what kind of animal(s) I'd feature, and I would definitely give credit for the original idea/general formatting and procedure of things (since I'm new to the whole tutorial thing but also wanting to improve my game there) but I feel like due to the fundamental differences between humans and animals, having an animal edition might be really helpful for artists as well \o/

If you'd rather I didn't that's totally fine, I just figured that it would be a good idea to ask instead of just going on and doing my own thing regardless of how you might feel about it!

And regardless of your answer, thank you so much for sharing your resources for free for all this time! I love your pose refs so much >u<
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Yes, all of these apply to everything! Even objects in a still life have gesture. These ideas are not my own - I've sourced them from many teachers over the years! Looking forward to see what you come up with :D
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CursedDragonessHobbyist General Artist
I never knew I needed this. Thank you so much! <3
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Happy drawing!
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SessinaraStudent Digital Artist
This is a really great tutorial. I'm already drawing for a while but I'm kind of new to draw from real life humans so those poses were great for practise. ^^
Thank you very much.
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
so happy you find it useful! Have fun :D
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SessinaraStudent Digital Artist
I really do. ^^
Thank you. I will ~♥
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ZekyiHobbyist Digital Artist
This has been most helpful! Thanks for this nice tutorial!
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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ValerianahHobbyist General Artist
This is verry hepfull. I don't usually have problems drawing the human anatomy (at least female bodyes, I still lack experience on general male body) but sometimes the poses look very stiff and/or plain. I'll use this tutorial along with your stocks in oreder to improve! Thanks :)
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
yay! Happy drawing!
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LadyKylinHobbyist
This is a really cool tutorial, learned a lot of this the hardway via life drawing.
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
yesss life drawing is the best way to learn this :'D
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LadyKylinHobbyist
Yes it is. I love it, so glad I'm sorta back in the habit of going regularly again.
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
I really should make time for that
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LadyKylinHobbyist
Indeed. IT is great fun, and a great way to meet other awesome artists.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinterHobbyist Digital Artist
THIS was the one. :p I found it and my procrastinating ass hasn't perused it again...
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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TheSkaldofNvrwinterHobbyist Digital Artist
I have a book on using reference for fantasy art that will probably say much the same, but I do wanna go over this again. If I recall it's like drawing stick figures over or from the reference? Maybe I'm mis-remembering. Actually in my drawing Gunny The Dollar Man 1:

Gunny The Dollar Man 1 by TheSkaldofNvrwinter

I partially drew over reference. The gun. That's probably why it looks so real. It probably doesn't HAVE to look that real, given the style, but I only know how to do one or two things: heave to the side of realism or not at all lol. I'm not sure I could draw a "cartoon gun" that would resemble a Colt Navy 1851 or whatever it is. The rest is heavily reference reliant. It's basically Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...lol. If you look at even my earlier Civil War drawings of the character the uniforms are pretty precise. I remember part of a Rocky and Bullwinkle story arc where Rocky and Bullwinkle--including the football team they were on--all dressed in Confederate garb, and the style was very simple. I don't seem to be able to do that. I look at it and it looks incomplete, raw. I guess it could be called semi-realism.
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
This tutorial is more about gesture which is the overarching movement of the pose and limbs, but it can be used in combination with other techniques like draw over skeletons/basic shapes to build up the form.

I have a hard time reconciling realistic references into a style sometimes - it's taken me a few years to kind of work out how much of the 'real' I need to use to make it make sense. Still a WIP for me, but anything technical like guns can be especially tricky to stylize. Like the human body, you have to be sort of familiar with the parts and what they do before you can exaggerate or manipulate them into something less realistic.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinterHobbyist Digital Artist
I would totally agree lol.
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kondouyumi-tanStudent Traditional Artist
This is so incredibly helpful! I am a fine arts major and feel like i'm having a lot of issues trying to reconcile my style, and also how to see. I think that this is a wonderful exercise, thank you! ♥
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Yay glad to hear it!
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dcofjapanStudent Traditional Artist
I've seen right side of the brain been mentioned in so many places. It must be really good. Which version is best? I see a lot of arguments on amazon about the new one. Thank you for the tutorial.
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