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    Can anyone help me in regards to action poses? I am looking everywhere yet all the stock photos are static and boring.

    I'm looking for some with full body shots with the figure in motion, one which I'm trying to depict a desert tribe girl with a demonic scythe, another with a female knight with a claymore, another pose where it looks like a boy is gathering spirits of the dead for power, and any other dynamic stock photos and/or references.

    I am searching everywhere yet I can't seem to find these specific shots.


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    You could download a video from youtube that goes through the motion required and extract all the frames to study. They won't be high res, but you can can find the exact gesture more often than not.

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    Can't say for sure what'll help you, but here's what I did: Lacrosse photos helped a lot, they seem to always be in motion and ready to cause pain to others.... it fits pretty good. From there I had to do studies of how the body compensates for balance when in movement and the such.... which took awhile to get comfortable, but I'm glad I did it.

    Gesture work is pretty helpful as well, forces you to think a bit quicker.... which can keep you from overworking a movement.

    Best of luck.

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    Dvds and the pause button. If you have the right software (and a dvd drive) you can get screen grabs. The lighting is often pretty good. The only down side to this is I discovered that even action movies I loved didn't always show me as much as I thought they did. Even in movies your brain fills in more detail than you realize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saigokarasu View Post
    Can anyone help me in regards to action poses? I am looking everywhere yet all the stock photos are static and boring.

    I'm looking for some with full body shots with the figure in motion, one which I'm trying to depict a desert tribe girl with a demonic scythe, another with a female knight with a claymore, another pose where it looks like a boy is gathering spirits of the dead for power, and any other dynamic stock photos and/or references.

    I am searching everywhere yet I can't seem to find these specific shots.
    Search with your own camera.
    The best thing I ever got for myself was a phone with a camera in it, because now whenever I need a pose for reference I just have my wife take pictures of me and I can shoot it directly over to my computer. Yeah, they are ridiculous and I can't pose like an Olympic gymnast, but that's what being an artist is for...ya read between the lines a little bit on that stuff.

    It really helps in getting those awkward poses that you are having problems with. Also if you are a 3D guy it can be a good guide to use like Bipeds or something to give you a general idea (sort of like using a wooden pose figure in 3d).


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    What Dusty said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saigokarasu View Post
    Can anyone help me in regards to action poses? I am looking everywhere yet all the stock photos are static and boring.
    Just to play Devil's laywer here, but aren't poses by definition static? A photo is a slice of frozen time. Even a photo of a body in motion will look like the body is frozen in mid-air. Unless it's blurry, a la Futurist photography, in which you can see the 'ghost tracks' along the photo.

    If you want to simulate dynamism, why not use that thing called 'motion lines'? It's easier than surfing the internet hoping to find a picture of a body in that exact pose you need.

    End of my Devil's advocacy.

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    I found a great site called posemaniacs.com. You can actually rotate the poses to view from different angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    Search with your own camera.
    The best thing I ever got for myself was a phone with a camera in it, because now whenever I need a pose for reference I just have my wife take pictures of me and I can shoot it directly over to my computer. Yeah, they are ridiculous and I can't pose like an Olympic gymnast, but that's what being an artist is for...ya read between the lines a little bit on that stuff.

    It really helps in getting those awkward poses that you are having problems with. Also if you are a 3D guy it can be a good guide to use like Bipeds or something to give you a general idea (sort of like using a wooden pose figure in 3d).


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    Yes, this is fantastic advice. I've been talking pictures of myself in the mirror to use for the study of poses lately, and it has helped tremendously in my ability to make more dynamic poses.

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    The Eadweard Muybridge book on human motion is very good.

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    two words.

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    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    This is one of the times Hogarth's book comes in handy, (after you've studied and understand regular anatomy). The concepts to get the figure to read in space is good.

    A lot of poses that are dynamic are done with foreshortening. Muybridge is great too.

    All of the other advice is good, specially with watching video or just observing with a mirror (or going outside).

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    1. Mirrors
    2. Friends
    3. Professional Models
    4. Master Works: greater and lesser
    5. Skill specific how-to library books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmenSpirits View Post
    two words.

    jack. kirby.

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    http://www.posemaniacs.com/

    I dont know if this could be useful for you.

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    creating action poses

    my thanks to drawing-a-blank & bloodless for recommending the website "posemaniacs". Fantastic site & just what I was looking for. I know this was an old post, but this was very helpful.

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    I've heard a lot of professional comic artists look at pictures of dancers for this sort of thing, believe it or not~!
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    I think the concept you're looking for is line of action. The stronger you can make the overall curve of the line, the stronger your dynamic action on the page will be. This applies regardless of style.
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