I just. asldrjkgahldfkjghu894398pzsldfkglhskdrgae9r8gdrh I have been following your blog almost ever since I started tumblr over a year ago and I did not discover your art blog until the other day when you reblogged yourself SO NOW I FEEL HORRIBLE BECAUSE YOU ART IS AMAZING WEEPS
UGHHH SHUSH I’m actually hilariously shy about my art. I’ve reblogged myself a bunch of times on my main account and then deleted it within three minutes. It’s a condition! BUT GOSH, this is so great to hear!! THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!! I have been following you a while too, and this is the first time we’ve had contact (weeirddd) but I love the stuff you post and your art is rad! Especially the chicks. I’m a pretty big chicks fan to begin with, so you get an A+.
how did you begin practicing bodies/people/poses? I'm decent at drawing but I always have trouble with bodies.
Bodies are tough! I think a big key to practicing full bodies (since I can’t tell anyone how to draw them, but it’s good you know that!) is to keep gesture in mind. For a moment, throw contour and details out the window entirely, and focus primarily on silhouette, movement, and approximate proportions. If you can get the movement and weight right, it won’t matter if your proportions are a little off, because your drawing will still be convincing. As animals, we’re programed to read things in silhouettes. Once your silhouette reads well, the details will follow. This is the basis of a good deal of cartooning, which often doesn’t have very much detail at all.
That said, drawing people from life is a tried and true (and oft heard!) method to internalize everything mentioned above and more. So is practicing every single day! I’ve been slacking on that recently myself, but I used to have much better habits. In fact, these are probably the most solid (and boring) tips and tricks I’ve got for you, but frankly, busting your ass on boring stuff is one of the fastest ways to leveling up.
A good tip that never gets old: if you’re working digitally, flip the canvas horizontally to instantly see all of your mistakes. If you’re working traditionally, rotate the paper or turn the paper over and look at your marks through the light (if your paper is thin enough!) in order to achieve the same effect. And fix those mistakes! learning comes from casting a critical eye on your own work and doing your best to correct what you think is ‘just not right’.
a great source for practicing gesture is POSEMANIACS.COM . Use their 30 second figure drawing tool to get a feel of what I mean by gesture, and also to practice it.
LOL look @ me handing out advice like i’m an expert. jokes on you (but no seriously this is almost all advice i’ve gotten from other people and it works) (except for that first paragraph that’s just me pontificating explaining the process of my own figure drawing)