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    Help with gesture poses

    Hello, i've actually had an account here for two years and basically never posted...which is partly due to the fact i haven't really drawn anything in about two years. So i'm actually trying to get back on it now that i have time again. My eventual goal is to work on a comic which is already written and ready since a while ago, but i'm unwilling to work on it due to the fact that i feel so behind.

    The first thing bugging me is that i've never done any real active poses. Before my drawings were stationary or portraits not much more than an "A" poses pretty much. This simply won't do, so to get past that i'm trying to push myself to do poses i've never drawn before. Before that though i did some reading on anatomy through an imaginefx magazine i'd bought on zinio, and then after about a week till today i started sketching some poses using a light bit of what i learned and sketched.

    For now i'm mostly concerned with proportion, pose, foreshortening and perspective . the specific muscle stuff i'll focus on later, i want to get rid of my habit of static poses and get a feel for movement or dramatic poses. i'm happy with basic forms for now. Anyway here's some of what i've done today.

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    The first is the 'pre kick ' image which is what i started with today, the next is the 'post kick' and the last which i finished a moment ago is the punch. I'm kind of winging it for what feels good so far, i used my own body as a reference.

    i'm sure i'll get better in time but any comments so far.

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    Ok, welcome to art again .
    You use way way way waaaay too many lines. Your torsos are long and the headsize is weird.
    I've used posemaniacs back then and did 1000 30 second poses, it helped me big time with speed and control
    and was one of the most useful exercises I did.
    It didn't even take so much time, maybe 2 hours of raw drawing on weekdays and some
    extra hours on the weekend.

    There are better websites than Posemaniacs right now, here's one of them.
    http://lovecastle.org/draw/ 30 seconds - 1 minute poses, hundreds of them


    For comics: Scott McCloud. Seriously, forget Eisner, read his books.

    I just took a break to post this.
    But sometimes I also draw stuff
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    I guess these are more sketchy than most gesture drawings i've seen. I usually don't do that, my drawings are usually a lot more 'specific', i might have gone overboard trying to avoid that.

    Still the point of a gesture drawing is to be quick, and these weren't quick.

    That link is spectacular though, i'll try it today.

    i've also read some of Scott's books in the past, rented from a library but never finished.

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    Remember. Just because you are trying to do a quick, loose sketch doesn't mean you have to move quickly with your hands on the paper. Think about line economy, make every line matter and have a specific purpose. Less is more.



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    first attempt...not all at once, i took a few breaks.

    i also came upon this site instead which had poses i liked more.

    http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saraiva View Post
    Remember. Just because you are trying to do a quick, loose sketch doesn't mean you have to move quickly with your hands on the paper. Think about line economy, make every line matter and have a specific purpose. Less is more.
    I see, well my first effort isn't quite this but i'll try that more on the next ones.

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