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Dynamic Poses Study 1 by StyrbjornA Dynamic Poses Study 1 by StyrbjornA
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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:

  1. Locate the joints in the pose, and mark them somehow (small balls in the sketch).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :iconsenshistock: so much for providing the poses that I used as reference for this. They are SO helpful! :)
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:iconmaironmatos:
maironmatos Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Cool!
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:iconjeantinehobbit:
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for this! I've been itching to draw dynamic poses for a while now! :)
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:iconmikitfence:
mikitfence Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
mikitfence.deviantart.com/art/… Used the bottom right pose! Thanks :meow:
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:iconnoumi38:
Noumi38 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Hello, I'm allowed to use your base, if you agree that I post on deviantart, here is the link:

Line : noumi38.deviantart.com/art/Nou…

Colo : noumi38.deviantart.com/art/Nou…

Tell me if you disagree, I will delete it ^^
Thank you very much!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice work! It's no problem at all. I am happy you found the references useful :)
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:iconcomanche-san:
Comanche-san Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist
I like how all the joints and parts are shown in these. It helps a lot to see that. ^^
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:iconmisscreepypastaneko:
MissCreepypastaNeko Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
may i use for a pose ref?
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Of course :)
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:iconroccalvet:
Roccalvet Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
very helpful!!thanks a lot
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:icondudgus2429:
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
nice!!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlinky-rainsworth:
Linky-Rainsworth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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:iconkeo73650:
keo73650 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that pose on the bottom middle. :XD: It's like, "Awwrighhtt! *wink*" Haha
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:iconmissjanedark:
MissJaneDark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist
very cool studys !
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:iconxxbambigirl22xx:
XxBambigirl22xX Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this!
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nixequeen45 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Used the very first one, hope you don't mind. ;w;

nixequeen45.deviantart.com/art...
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:iconpinktenshi:
pinktenshi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
thaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks
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:iconeleanorlover101:
eleanorlover101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these are great and very uniqe and sassy! :)
i like that :D
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:iconjgrimmy:
JGrimmy Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You have so many helpful pages and tips. EVen the comments have good info :D
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:iconpumyteh:
PumyteH Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thank you so much for this! It helped me to understand the perspectives more :tighthug:
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:iconfaerico:
Faerico Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow there are really helpfull!
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:iconstripes-01:
STRiPES-01 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG...perspective and dynamics just got so easy
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 ;)
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RatchetJak Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
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!
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TapSkill Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
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?
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
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TapSkill Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good answer. ^_^

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
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Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for providing these. They are very helpful.
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UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, man. Senshi is awesome with giving great stock poses!
These are awesome, by the way :la: Thanks for posting!
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:iconthewhitejewel:
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Ooooh~ I'm going to try this out myself when I get around to it!
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:iconyuyukian:
yuyukian Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
wooow, how long have you been drawing people like that??
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:iconemilythetwist:
Emilythetwist Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!
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:iconlulu-fukurou:
LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
INDEED! D:<
I'll practice RIGHT now! Thank you so much, Styr!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
That's awesome! Practice makes perfect, they say, and while cliché I believe there is something to it, or at least I hope so :)
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EpicMyst Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah Love it. Especially the bottom middle one. Priceless! Thanks for this very helpful resource

I especially like how you indicated the joints and the like so everyone can get a sense of the physical process that should be done.
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
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 :)
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samothmcknight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Female form is one of my biggest issues, thanks for sharing this!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks to you too, for viewing and commenting :)
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sweetcommando Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you. I am happy that someone else can have any use of them :)
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:iconlucyjewel:
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute! Thanks! I have gotten tired to draw girls just standing. I needed poses! Thank u!!! Mua! Mua! Besos! Gracias!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
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 :)
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:iconlucyjewel:
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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! :D 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 :D. Plus i hate replying ,"Yep" "Ya" "Haha no prob" "Yeah no problem" and so on. Thanks again!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
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
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:iconlucyjewel:
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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...
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konami25 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
where have you been all my life
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
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:iconkonami25:
konami25 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconbrohugplz: hugs for coming out of your shell and i hope you enjoy your DA experience and i hope we grow closer as friends
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for motivating me! I hope so, too ^^
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SecondOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool poses
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