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    Figure Drawing Help?

    I'm kinda feeling a little stuck with my figure drawings. Anyone have any opinions?

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    Not bad for starters. I suggest you sharpen your pencil, work bigger. Always draw the whole figure, including the feet.
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    Also, don't worry about getting so heavy into anatomy at this point. That comes after you can get a good gesture. Make sure and use your whole arm. Hold your pencil properly. None of that scribe/detailing grip you use to write with. Swish the pencil around the page and get used to the range of motion. Google: Proko hold pencil.

    What you're looking for right now is called "rhythm." Draw a single line that you feel you could build the entire pose off of. Then on that line draw a line that represents the shoulders and then a line that represents the top of the pelvis. Arms and legs come next. You'll quickly see the need for a basic grasp of human proportions.

    It's the pattern of balance that flows throughout the figure. Look for where the weight is being supported and transfered. Google "flying buttress" and try to understand how those work. Start practicing yoga if you don't already. Feel how your body is constantly trying to balance itself even when sitting.

    To understand this concept requires practice and patience. Your brain will eventually figure it out. It took me a solid month of doing timed gesture drawings for 30 minutes every morning before I started to get it. Gesture is in every living thing. Even trees twist and turn as they grow.
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    Thanks for the tips and advice :>. I did my best to apply what you guys said to the figures, but it feels like I'm learning how to figure draw again from when I started a month ago lol. Probably because I'm not used to using and holding a pencil in the Proko video. I'll also try basic yoga sometime later when I'm not busy.

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    I'm working from photograph; I think it would be illegal for me to go to a figure drawing class anyways.

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    Just be patient with yourself. It's hard to learn this stuff. Keep doing pages and pages and pages until it clicks.

    A good book on the subject that really helped me is Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators. He explains stuff that is really difficult to put into words. You don't need the book to learn this however.

    Edit: Those new drawings are already looking better than what you had before!
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