Both channels have a series of videos emulating real-life timed figure drawing studio sessions. You’ll start with quick 1min poses and work your way up to 5 and 10 minute poses. I try to do at least one of these sessions every day.
If it feels like its going too fast, you can pause, but remember you’re meant to reduce or increase the simplicity of the figure depending on the time you re given. It’ll take time to get seriously good at this, however you’ll start seeing improvements within a few days!
Now if you’re looking for a place where to find a number of good ol anime pinup-like poses to use as reference and build a library, there’s
Here’s some sketches of two basic body types on the left, and two more shapely/complex ones on the right;
If you haven’t noticed the basic difference right away; the heavy body type has round, soft lines, while the slim one has sharp lines and corners.
If you want to draw a heavy-set person, you should stick to softly curved lines, while if you want to draw someone who’s slim, the sharper the lines and corners, the skinnier they would seem.
A curvy female figure can often have sharp and round lines, giving it a very dynamic feeling.
A muscular male figure often appears very triangular, with the triangle pointing downwards, while a female figure is pear-shaped / a triangle pointing upwards.
Ok so I finished these and they were just kinda weird floating dismembered torsos so I added something to make them nicer to see;
First there’s the skinny two;
A female body tends to have a bottom-heavy figure, while male body is often top-heavy (but that’s not always the case, figures can be very different). I added some bottom curves to the left one and wider shoulders to the right one to show that the triangles pointing up/down can be applied even to characters who don’t have a very shapely figure.
Next is the chubby two;
How fat is distributed in a human body is important to know when drawing heavier characters; a female body will primarily become bottom-heavy, while a male body will generally gain a big stomach area.
Also! Pay attention to lines on this one and the previous one; notice that the skinny two have many straight lines in their figure, while nearly all the lines on the heavy two are curved.
Lastly, they shapely two;
These two have their fair share of curved and straight lines, generally with a female shape there’s more curved, less straight, and with male shape there’s more straight, less curved.
The curved/straight line dynamic is the most important one when it comes to drawing different body types.
Often (but not always) starting / young artists have a much easier time drawing skinny people, because your hand is still stiff and in search of style. As your hand gets looser, you become more familiar with round shapes - they come more naturally, and you add layers of thickness to your figures.
It can be hard to get the right curve and get the body looking right - and study of anatomy will help you IMMENSELY with that might I add - once you get comfortable with drawing curves, they can easily become one of the most fun things to draw.
One suggestion I have about drawing curved lines is, don’t go steady. Don’t draw them slowly and carefully, just release your hand, and do it over and over and over until you get it right. Pretty sure I suggested this in my style ramblings but, drawing croquis is a GREAT help to get familiar with the human figure and it’s curves.