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Hi my name is Rickey. This is a painting I've been working on. I drew the pose from imagination, but I used the design for the character Sakura Kasugano from Street Fighter, since I thought it would be easier to ground my ideas with some sort of character.
There's still some refining that I know I need to do, but the main things I would like some advice on are the flow of the skirt for this pose and possible ideas for the background. I'm trying to show her in the middle of a jumping kick, twisting in the air, while going from the right of the page to the left.
Also I'm not too sure about the forshortening on the front leg. I figured it would be a good way to emphasize the anticipation of the kick, but I've always had trouble drawing dynamic poses.
If you have trouble drawing dynamic poses - like me - then you have to use references. Maybe look at pictures of people doing karate etc and copy their pose to some extent. There is allot wrong with your image and i would highly recommend checking out Andrew Loomis Figure drawing for all its worth and similar books to understand how to draw people better before you try to do a big character piece.
Firstly Welcome to CA.
I think the piece lacks contrast and I would suggest pushing your value range a bit more. Everything is in mid-tones, from the background to the character, and that really flattens the image.
When i say push your value range more, I basically mean, make your brights brighter and your dark's darker. As for the background, i would suggest pushing it way back, by lightening it up, popping the character of the page and giving it more weight.
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"Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" and "Successful Drawing" by Loomis are definitely a necessity here. Perhaps also "Drawing the Living Figure" by Sheppard, "Cartoon Animation" by Blair and "Perspective Made Easy" by Norling.
Work in pencil. On paper. From life. Photoshop will not really help you at this stage, nor will imitating techniques you do not quite have a ground for. Focus on structural drawing, perspective and anatomy for a while.
Thank you gentleman for looking at my work. Lol! I can't believe I didn't notice how bad my proportions were. And @ JLamps, thanks for the warm welcome and you are definitely right everything is in the midtone range. I'll make sure I start focusing more on figuring drawing before I head into a full on character illustration.