I got really tired of taking so long coming up with a even remotely decent pose, so I am going to take the bull by the horns and start studying the construction of poses a bit more thoroughly. You can expect more studies like this in the coming days.
The idea behind this is to avoid starting with the details. Instead, the concept is something like this:
Locate the joints in the pose, and mark them somehow (small balls in the sketch).
Join the joints with lines, to get an idea about how your pose will look. At this point you will see if the pose is balanced the way you want it to be.
Now is the time to start building the body. Use basic shapes as long as possible - your goal is to add volume to your figure.
If everything looks decent, you can start adding details and work your way toward a final result, which will vary depending on what style and medium you are aiming for.
I want to thank so much for providing the poses that I used as reference for this. They are SO helpful!
I get the feeling you confirmed my way of drawing people. I suddenly have the urge to try doing this more often. and you make a good point: building up volume is important. I'm glad to see I have an idea of what to do
This looks definitely helpful. I have trouble drawing the body at times. i've been doing the box stick method only i would draw the head first and detail it. I always try to break the habit but I can't. I really need to work on that. Plus, I sometimes draw the head too big.. :/ But yeah, this method looks pretty simple yet constructive. I'll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!
I never quite understood the purpose of drawing less detailed references based on real life references. I understand why you would use a reference to make your art or to practice shading or something like that... but what is the purpose of the pose references? How do they help you?
Very good question! Drawing pictures like these, for me ast least, serves several purposes. One purpose is that every pose I draw will be embedded into both my muscle memory and into a subconcious database of poses that over time teaches me what looks right, and what does not. Another purpose of these poses is the aim for finding a way to engineer poses from scratch. I believe that "reverse engineering" real life poses might be one way to accomplish this.
I do not share that muscle memory argument, but I dissect images in my mind all the time. When I look at art on here, I see how those images are made up of shapes and stroke paths. It is actually very fun to dissect art in that way sometimes, but sometimes, I wish I could stop doing it. XD
Thank you! I do this very much for my own sake as well, since I have had the bad habit of starting with details, missing the whole composition. While it's probably not a good idea to go all technical, as long as you do not have an awesome ability to subconsciusly draw awesome poses, it's good to have a wireframe to work from
This is exactly my problem too - Even if you get all the proportions right, if the pose is unconvincing or uninteresting the picture will end up being average at best. Actually, if you mess up all the proportions, but manage to produce a dashing, interesting pose, you are far better off. I am the analytical kind of person ("if I get all the proportions correct, the picture will be good, right? Right!?"), and therefore I find these facts hard to absorb, but I am working at breaking free from my bad habits
That is so true! I draw them just standing but i always love to make it cool looking or sumthing! But im practicing day by day. Even if i have to stare at myself in the mirror a lot of times and then my family makes fun of me... well ya know, it is how i learn! practice makes perfect. Thanks again!
P.S. I love how u replied with a long comment/reply! I love when people do that it makes me feel as if they really read what i said . Plus i hate replying ,"Yep" "Ya" "Haha no prob" "Yeah no problem" and so on. Thanks again!
I've been guilty of throwing one liners at people, too I try to answer everyone that is kind enough to comment, even if all they say is "nice", or something like that. However, I love to discuss drawing, so when I see an opening I can get quite "chatty"
I wouldn't do this myself, since I am afraid of the camera, but have you tried asking someone to take pictures of you posing? that way you can get pretty much any poses that you want. Alternatively, perhaps you can persuade someone to pose for you, but people always seem to shy away from such requests xD
Yeah... i try to not do one liners either. Oh and the taking-a-pic-of-you-posing thing is kinda what i have been wanting to do... but im shy to do so u know? Like im afraid if someone laughs at me for the dramatic faces i do or stuff... or how i model.... i try to have more confidence in me but i think i torture myself in a way. I think i have been torturing myself lately. I always end up crying. Why do i do this?! Grrrrr! I try to stop but i guess i have low self esteem or something. I dunno...
Hiding, being scared of showing anything I do to anyone (>.<), but since joining deviantART I feel a lot more comfortable sharing what I do. It feels like the people here share a common goal to get better at drawing, and to be able to discuss these things is very helpful to me.