Drawing human poses

After the break I had in January, as I promised, I am back with the tutorial about drawing human poses.

We have studied the whole human body in parts with details; anatomy, head, torso, legs, arms, hands and feet. Now, how to make a figure move? 

The point of this study is to sketch it quick, catch the right pose and be comfortable with challenging ones. So what we do here is to set the general simple form; avoiding details and shading, only focusing on the pose. This is important to give the emotion and/or motion of the person who appears on your drawing surface.

I have few old sketches below, they are all from 2015.

poses 3Trying to move arms and hips to give some movement to the figure, shoulder’s down, one side of the torso is stretched etc, limited poses from my old studies.
poses 2
A way to do that is seeing the body as gathered cylinders, thinking in 3D. When I first found out that method in sources I thought it was super helpful.human poses cylinders 

And today when I try to apply to that method, it is kind of too messy and chaotic, appears to me too many lines which are unnecessary actually. For example, the sketch right here is quite new. I have done the figure in different ways and dividing the body into cylinders took longer time and felt unnatural and confusing. I’d actually like to hear if you use cylinders and how it works for you.poses 1These are two women, the second one seems neckless, obviously from fashion figure studies. But we need to practice more for (for e.g.) comics, for compositions of paintings/drawings etc. to have a big impression.

I found an awesome source for models on Youtube, from the channel called New Masters Academy, video Daily Life Drawing Session (#5, #6, #10), you can check there.

For this study you are going to have a minute or two for a pose(or let’s say a few minutes for each); so the only goal is drawing the pose the way you want, trying to give the emotion/motion. You can exaggerate the poses.

Here we go with the first image of two:

human poses 1The very first step is to see the action line of the body or line of motionwhatever you call it, the red line is this. The ones on the left are just simple lines of the figure, the main feature-exactly what we need when we first start to draw: slight line of the action(the red one), shoulders’ and hips’ direction, arms’ and legs’ position -these are slight lines. If you think you have them correctly, you are ready to build the construction which is the second step.

human poses 2Another two figures. The first on the left is- I don’t know it, too 😀
See the second example’s line of action, shoulders’ and hips’ line, arms and legs.

human poses 3In the third pose, we can’t see the whole right arm, so drawing it with two slight lines or visualizing with imaginary lines from shoulder to the hand could be helpful for you.

human poses 4And more.

So yes, the line of action comes first; right positions of head, arms, legs, feet, hands; we built the construction on it so now it looks dimensional. What’s next is up to you. You can apply anatomy knowledge to your drawing, shade the body, color or whatever.

You will need to draw many of them actually to get better. Start with the simple ones and go to complex, be quick, don’t overthink. Practice a lot.
Happy sketches!

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