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    Indian Dancer WIP

    Before I go too far with this, I'd like to make sure everything is a-okay structurally.

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    Reference image here.

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    It most definitely isn't. Things are OK down to her midriff, but her hips and legs are a mess. Do you have reference?


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    I'm assuming you've sketched her with some billowy harem pants... You'll have an easier time of getting the structure right if you start with the bare figure before attempting to add clothing. Reference pics will save you a ton of grief with this.

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    I provided a link to the reference under the picture.

    As for the sketch, I did a basic sketch of the figure before adding on the clothing, but they wound up getting erased during the course of trying to get the clothing blocked in.

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    Weight-wise, it's not bad. But there is little structure to it; this sketch focuses on the outline dynamics, not on structure.

    It's not a bad thing per se; you can do the same pose structurally. The resulting drawing will likely look stiffer than this one, but it will be more solid and tight.

    Having two such sketches can be a very good thing if you decide to finish the picture. One will inform the dynamics and expression, the other will inform the tightness and form, and if you find a balance between them in your painting, you'll get a good picture.


    A tip: when drawing clothed figure, it is better to outline the nude one first. Clothes conceal and muddle up the form, but are completely dependent on the underlying anatomy. So it helps a lot to know where the legs are, if you want to find the proper position of the trousers.

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