Ideally drawing from life is the way to go. But that’s not always an option, so I draw from reference! Lots and lots of drawing from reference! Deviantart is a great place to find stock images that awesome people make for artists like us! Here is a good place to start, you can narrow it down by category as well! Remember if you heavily use a reference and decide to post it, check to see if the photographer has any terms for sharing - usually they’re alright with you using it as long as you link back to them (source) and not use it for any sort of commercial purpose. Try not to trace, but pay attention to the structure - you’ve got skin stretched over muscle built on a skeletal structure. Stick figures are important! They help you figure out weight and proportion and joints.
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