help i keep finding poses to draw

midoriyacchiii  asked:

Hi there! I came across your blog today and I really truly love your art veeery much :'))) for an aspiring artists myself, do you have any art tips? I'm struggling with drawing figures/poses/proportions and my imagination is limited Orz oshietekudasai sensei!

thank you kindly! i’m still learning a lot tbh so i might not be able to give the most cohesive advice.

the main thing i keep in mind is how i can simplify the figure into just 3D blocks and planes. these are some pages from one of andrew loomis’ figure drawing books which i find is pretty helpful explaining in what i mean.

dont overcomplicate, these blocks just form the basic framework to hang your persons skin and clothes on!! tracing these shapes over anatomical figures or musculature diagrams can often help with proportion too.

additionally, theres no shame in using photo references to understand how poses can work. these are just a few stock images i found, and i did some simplified figures next to them. 

everyone struggles whether they’ve been drawing for 10 years or are only starting out, but really the best way is just to keep practicing and doing lots of studies so you understand how the human figure can move and pose. nothing beats hard work and practice so i hope this helps somewhat and good luck!

anonymous asked:

I love how you draw hands, do you have troubles when drawing them or have you practiced so much that they rarely give you any problems? I noticed in some gifs you draw the usual simplified 3d volumes, are there any steps between that and the finished lineart?

Thank you. If I’m going to be honest I’m not that good with hands, and that’s because I can only draw them with photo/life references. If you were to blindfold my eyes I won’t even remember how the left and right hands look like.


Most of the time I either take photos of my own hands (”complicated poses”) or use Adam (action figure) for simple pose. 3rd option is finding ref online. Then from there you analyse the structure and draw “sausages” and “hamburger” - which is the sketch. If I need to draw male arm I will probably refer to muscle reference or Adam since male and female structure is slightly different.



Observation + constantly drawing will probably help with your drawing sense and judgement. PS: I realised that the wip I queued yesterday looks like he has big yaoi hands (I drew it when I had headache, sorry) so I’ll probably fix that after I finish work…


Let’s keep practicing until we can memorise the form and draw beautiful hands that Kira Yoshikage will appreciate, lmao

Hand tutorial requests

Hey all! I got a few requests for a hand tutorial, but like, honest to god I am still very much NOT happy with how I draw hands. However, like that pose request, I have some practicing tips that I find useful!

So, I keep my little yellow journal with me all the time to keep notes and doodles in. So sometimes when I’m out waiting for food, or standing in line I’ll break out my notebook and start sketching hands of the people around me. I find that I can get a more natural feel for the hands as opposed to drawing from just references sometimes. Ray also mentioned to me that hands are organic right? So you shouldn’t necessarily keep with just straight lines with hands. Keep your hands loose with drawing and the over all look of the hand may turn out better. Tbh, Ray was the one who introduced me to posemaniacs and these people watching as reference tips too haha. 

tl;dr- a lot of practice and trial and error, sorry for not having a better tutorial ;;

daveattenbruh  asked:

Hi darling! What are your top tips for developing art skills?

Hello there!! Well, I am not a pro but I can of course give you some tips that I personally find helpful:

- Draw everyday if you can, even if it’s just a little doodle! Drawing is like riding a bike, if you stop doing it for a while, you’ll get out of practice and nothing is more annoying that grabbing a pen after a few weeks of not drawing and feeling like you have to relearn basic stuff that you actually know by heart.

- Use references! Everybody does it, it’s not stealing, it’s not wrong. It doesn’t make your artwork worth less. Masters like Michelangelo or Mucha etc used references, it’s totally legit and cool. 

- What I currently learned (and what still makes me go MWEEEEHH) is this: don’t just draw stuff you already know how to draw over and over. It doesn’t really help you get better. For me personally it’s very hard to draw things that I know I suck at, because I get frustrated very easily when my drawings don’t look good - buuut I think if you can bring yourself to draw new, challenging things all the time, that helps you get better very quickly.

- Gesture drawing and drawing from photos helps you with poses and anatomy a lot. It’s great and it’s fun! Try not to give yourself too much time with anatomy studies, (Try maybe 5 minutes first, or even less) because the ultimate goal is to get a feeling for what looks right quickly, and not working on a single sketch for three hours. 

- Keep a sketchbook and take it everywhere! <3

- If I lack inspiration, I usually just scroll through tumblr or pinterest or search for stuff that I find interesting. Just take a few inspirations and try mashing them together to create one thing, or take just one idea that you really like and work it into your drawing. 

- Things like Inktober are amazing. It’s the first artist challenge I actually managed to finish and it felt great and I made a lot of progress in that month.

- Ask people to be honest with you when you show them your drawings (if you want critique) - or better surround yourself with other suffering souls (=other artists) and push eachother with motivation, inspiration and honest, respectful criticism. It’s super important. And don’t take it personally, it’s just about your work, not your character or your worth as a human being. (I know, easier said than done haha)

- What I personally like to do is challenging myself with unusual shapes in characters. I looked through some of my older art, and recognized a pattern of faces and body shapes that all kind of looked the same. So now, whenever I catch myself drawing the same thing over and over just because it’s easy and fun, I try to avoid it, because I feel that it makes characters look very repetitive and uninteresting after a while?
So be bold with shapes! Ditch the hourglass figure, give feminine characters big noses and cool doublechins, or even better don’t let gender stereotypes destroy your fun with drawing! I always get so annoyed when I see “male and female” tutorials for characters, because that’s how you teach people to draw the same thing over and over again. There are men with narrow shoulders or wide hips or tiny, dainty fingers etc.
Don’t be afraid to use characteristics that are seen as “male” or “female” for whatever character you like, you’re the creator, nobody can tell you how your characters have to look like. (Also, don’t take it seriously when people ask the “lol is this a man or a woman”-question because their opinion shouldn’t matter anyway if this is the only thing they have to say about your art)
Oh, and generally don’t be afraid of drawing things that might be considered “unattractive” !

- PLEASE be kind to yourself. It always breaks my heart when I read artists say ugly things about themselves and their art. Accept that you are awesome and that your art is great, and that there will always be something that you can improve (which is great) and that art is a wonderful way of expressing yourself and your thoughts - it’s a gift, not a curse. You don’t have to draw for anyone except yourself, it’s all yours.


So I hope that helped! Thank you for your ask <3 

anonymous asked:

I have a cat faunus oc but I literally can't draw for the life of me. Do you have any tips/ideas?

Hello there! Sorry but I can’t help much, I’m still trying to draw good myself.

Here’s an idea though:

Keep reading

ghoulleo-deactivated20170608  asked:

(really sorry if this has already been asked) would you mind doing a step by step how you draw faces/bodies? I can never get the proportion of bodies right and its so annoying! I love your work!❤

Hopefully I can explain my process adequately. Here goes!

You wanna start off SUPER SIMPLE. Just a base frame or skeleton for your body. Keep it loose. This is just to get an idea of the pose you want & to make sure all the parts are in the right place. Also, a frame will work for either a male or female body too, since it’s literally just the skeleton.
Make sure it’s clear as well. Meaning, if you can’t really tell what an arm or a leg is doing or which way they’re going, maybe change it up a bit. Draw the pose from a different angle or re-position a limb or two. Also, try to make sure the pose is possible. Don’t do the boobs & butt pose where they’re all twisted & bent out of shape. If you’re not sure, try doing the pose yourself, & if it feels unnatural or it hurts or you can’t do it without falling over, something’s clearly not right. OK, enough about the frame. It’s a very important first step, but let’s move on.

Add some meat to those bones. Again, KEEP IT SIMPLE. We just wanna get the basic idea of the form. You don’t need to add muscles & veins & stuff yet, that can come later. At this point, you can also see if your underlying skeleton made sense. You can see with mine that the raised leg doesn’t quite match up with the skeleton, but that’s ok. I realized the skeleton was off & made the appropriate adjustments. Even on the leg that’s lying flat, you can see my placement of the knee is way different from the skeleton. Again, keeping it simple makes it easy to make adjustments along the way without losing hours of work.

Here’s the body without the skeleton. Looks pretty solid, so we can move on to adding details.

Now, I’m a crazy person, so I add all the details on one layer on top of the base body. It’s still pretty rough & simple, but again we just wanna get an idea of how the final result is gonna look. Even here, I made more adjustments, like you can see I made the feet a lot bigger than the base body, since Hancock has some big-ass shoes in the game. When drawing clothes over the base body, try to wrap your lines around the form to give it some volume & depth. Now, if your character is gonna be naked or wearing skin-tight clothes, then I guess this isn’t really a good example, but the same theory applies–use the base body & add the details (like muscles, veins, etc.) on a separate layer over it.

Here it is without the base body underneath. From here, I would go over this layer with tighter lines & add colors & such to clean it up & add the final details, but this tutorial was more about getting the initial body down.

Some final notes:

-my way isn’t the only way to get the results you want, it’s just what works for me. if my way doesn’t work for you, there are a million other ways to get what you want, so try several methods to find what works for you. :)

-use references a much as possible. If you just can’t get a pose or proportions or foreshortening down right, USE A REFERENCE. It’s not cheating, it’s what every good artist does when they wanna be accurate. BTW, when I say “use a reference,” I don’t mean “find a photo & trace over it,”–you don’t learn anything that way. I mean find an image or use a posable doll as a guide to help you get a better idea of how to draw your piece more accurately. Keep it within view while drawing so you can look back at it whenever you get stuck.

-always start very loose & simple & messy. I have to keep telling myself this when I draw, because I tend to tighten up too much too soon, & then it just turns out like a mess. Loosey-goosey, baby. Loosey-goosey.

-take breaks. sometimes you need to step away from your drawing & stretch, get a drink or a snack, or play a game or something. if you’re working on a drawing & it’s just not turning out right, take a break. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been working on something that was getting me frustrated, but after taking a break, I was able to get back into the “groove” of drawing & it came out way better than if I had forced myself to draw while frustrated.

I hope this helps. ^^; I’m not the best teacher. I know you asked about faces too, but that’ll have to be a whole other tutorial for another time. Good luck! :D

anonymous asked:

Can you do a tutorial on how to draw hands and pose them and stuff?😊

Because of how I work I’m not sure how helpful this is. I tend to look at my own hands when I work, it’s a reference I can change and I know how much hurts

If you like working with structures I can’t help, occasionally I’ll add in little lines and blobs to figure out where joins are but that’s about it. This is how I do full body posing as well, so I have a folder of photos of me doing random junk

I also try and keep sort of a mental collection of what I remember certain forms to look like, so I go by that first before posing myself

so yeah…look at your own hand or other body parts and draw them a bunch. If you can’t do that, then you have the vast array of the internet to find pictures of what you want. Or see if you can get someone to pose for you!

….or just quietly analyse every person you see…in a…non-stalker way.

Also I can’t help with posing, I just go by what displays what I want(like if they have a design on their hand), fulfils a function(like holding), or just looks nicer in a composition.

anonymous asked:

Sorry if you get this a lot but.. do you have any tips for beginner artists? I love your art style so much. :)

thank you firstly! I always want to help other artists n especially new ones! ask away haha

advice wise, draw from real life! draw anatomy! draw references! draw random poses u find or things you like! draw fanart and dont feel afraid to take inspiration from other artists. take things from styles u like to make something ull like drawing. nobody says it but thats how we from our own styles lmao

draw often, it takes a while before youll produce art you like but dont get discouraged! just keep drawing. but also dont try drawing when you feel burnt out or unable. I know ppl say draw every day all the time but youll get frustrated and wont like anything u make when ur stressed. push yourself and draw when you can but not so much it feels like a chore. if u work at our own pace, ull feel much better.

im not the best at explaining but I hope this can help a bit! youve got a lot of potential n I wish u luck ☆

miserablegrantaire  asked:

hiii your art is amazing!!! i'm an artist myself and i was wondering how you learned the human anatomy? thanks!

hey there! there’s no quick way to learning human anatomy, and frankly it’s still something i struggle with myself. here are a few tips that i find helpful:

  • as often as possible use photo references. even if it’s a photo of yourself in the pose you’re trying to draw! anatomy is super confusing at best, so don’t ever feel like photo references are cheating or anything like that. they’re a lifesaver!
  • keep your eyes peeled when you’re in public and watch the way people move, sit, stand, and interact. this probably sounds like a weird/creepy thing to do, but it’s very helpful. becoming familiar with body language and the characteristic way people use their bodies is key in creating authentic poses in your art
  • gesture drawing is so helpful! focus on working quickly and not getting hung up on being perfect. there are a bunch of websites that have banks of reference images and will display them on your screen with a timer for you to draw along with… i know those 30 second pose times seem a bit impossible, but they help you to learn about the placement of weight and lines of movement
  • look at yourself in the mirror and study your own body (preferably in underwear or gym clothing). again, this probably sounds weird but it’s good practice! it helps you learn about the way lighting works. also, i think it’s a good exercise cause i found it helped me learn to appreciate my body and the things i love about it (i have a really good butt and thighs ngl)
  • make a reference/inspiration sideblog on tumblr. i have one and i love it! reblog photos that pop up on your dash that you want to have a crack at drawing. tag them #anatomy #poses or #reference so you can find them again! it really helps to have a good anatomy tag so you have a good assortment of images there for if you get stuck with the anatomy in a drawing

anonymous asked:

Is it normal that I can't draw things from imagination for shit? Like, am I too uncreative or does my imagination suck or something? It really makes me sad.

Oh anon! Trust me, art can be challenging for everyone. It’s totally normal to feel like you can’t draw certain things (or everything). The important thing is to face the problem and figure out how to improve on it. With drawing from imagination, you have build a library of information first in order to do it from your head. This is why people life draw, so you learn how to draw bodies and when you want to draw them from imagination, you’ll remember. The same works for anything, studying the real versions of animals/objects/clothing/environments will help you cartoon them later when you have nothing but the images in your head. 

Whenever I feel like I don’t know what to draw and the well is dry, so to speak, I do drawing exercises to help build my library of information. This is a good place to do that: http://artists.pixelovely.com/ It’s a free site of organized reference images that will help you practice things like anatomy, faces, hands, etc. That will help your accuracy. It’s also good to keep a library of photo reference material just in general. Pinterest is great for both finding and storing, unless you want it in private folders on your comp. I have folders like costumes, exterior photos, interior photos, photos of food, photos of models with good expressions/faces/poses. All of that. They’re great to pull out and practice, making thumbnails sketches of them when you’re idle and watching tv or something, it doesn’t have to be perfect. And when you’re doing that, you can make a mental note of the features of that particular thing (what you like about the pic, the shapes of the object/form when you draw it.) Then when you go to draw from imagination, you’ll have an idea of what it looks like without help. Personally, I want to focus more on environments and backgrounds, so here’s me practicing that.

An example of something else I like to save is pics of fashion shows, the whole line, and specifically ones that have a sort of theatrical flair or harken back to some era. You’ll have a huge amount of reference material that’s variations on a theme, so if you wanted to make a world where everyone dressed similarly but didn’t know how to change it up, you have something to look at that shows variety (or multiple outfit options for the same character.) An example of one of my fashion ref folders below:

Additionally I know that many people’s imaginations work differently. I was surprised to find that some of my friends tell me they have trouble picturing faces in their head, which I’m sure can prove a challenge if you’re an artist and have that issue. But when I have trouble figuring out exactly what I want because the image in my head isn’t quite clear, that’s when I break out the thumbnails, and make several scribbles for the same idea to see what I really am looking for. I’ll try variations of the pose or expression on tiny gestural drawings, and this can really help my confidence level going into the real drawing. If you do thumbnails beforehand, you won’t feel like you’re struggling to know what you want as you’re making the final drawing.

Now lastly I suppose is if you’re having trouble with thinking of an idea itself. Obviously what inspires you to make something differs per artist. I am someone who naturally prefers things that are silly most of the time, so often I’ll think of a joke or idea and I’ll write it down, and often it sits in my head, and on a memo, for months at a time until I feel up to drawing it. It’s not like as soon as I sit down on the train I’ve got some perfect new idea in my head that just popped up, I’ll struggle sometimes with drawing the same old facial expressions and angles because I have nothing new to contribute (or don’t feel like I’m ready to draw any of the ideas that I have already), and you just don’t end up seeing that side of me because I don’t upload what comes out then. But trust me it happens. It’s good to keep a list on your phone, or a mental list, of ideas and things that interest you so you have some things to pull from when you sit down to draw. It could be something really specific (I want to do a drawing of this character doing this), but it could also be phrases about things you like in general, like an era of history or a culture you’d like to learn about, books you’re reading, shows you’re watching, etc. And then you can gather some images of that particular thing and practice those and later when you want to draw similar imagery you already know what it looks like. As an example, I love Marie Antoinette era styles and fashions. I could gather a bunch of historical costuming references and pictures of Versailles, practice drawing from them, and later if I’m out and about with just a sketchbook, I could recall that and draw that because I remembered practicing that before. And perhaps it would be greatly simplified (that is the point of a cartoon after all) but it would be far more informed and detailed then if you tried to do without studying first.

I hope that helps. Bringing about the “art is like learning a language” metaphor again, speaking doesn’t come naturally until you study the vocabulary. You need a visual vocabulary to build upon, so find real world examples, and then later filter them through your imagination to create something new. Just practice a lot (and I know I certainly want to practice much more than I do, it’s something you have to remind yourself to do) and things will get better!

littlesurgeonhere-deactivated20  asked:

i'm honored u answered my question, wow, but if you have time later would you mind sending me some links for stuff that helped you out? i was thinking about doing a masterpost and i feel like you have a lot more experience than me. i don't really know where to start i'm overwhelmed by material.

If you’re not sure where to start, try doing quick, little gesture sketches, also try doing quick studies from real life or photos. These don’t have to be perfect so you should’t spend too much time on each. Just try your best and keep practicing until you get the hang of it. :3

Many things that helped me out were from years ago and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find them all again, especially since a lot of them were just studies from photos and real life. OTL But, there are some tutorials I do remember that I’ll link here:

Big cats part 1

Big cats part 2

Feline face profile

Mood and color

Shading

Cat anatomy

Wolf construction

Animal drawing tips

Poses part 1

Poses part 2

scrubben  asked:

Yo, sorry for the sudden ask, but how do I change my art style to improve anatomy? I have this huge problem where the heads are always too large and the eyes are just ovals, and I want to get rid of it asap

Well, when it comes to changing or developing an art style, I find that if it’s something you actively try to go after, it becomes harder to get. If you keep drawing, imitating those who inspire you, you’ll find that as you keep up the art your own style will start to set in. After a bit you’ll start trying new things and experimenting, finding new things and methods that work for you and no one else. 

When it comes to anatomy, it’s all practice. I know that what everyone says, but its true. Sketch different poses and angles, and and you’ll get a better idea of proportions and placing. And don’t be afraid to ask others! Constructive criticism helped me out a lot too. 

When it comes to head size, you can always resize the head and eyes after you’ve drawn the body. 

You can also practice different eye styles by drawing different emotions. For example, someone who is normally happy would have different eye shapes as someone who is normally grump.

I hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

The improvement in your art over time is astounding! Do you mind if I ask how you were able to improve your anatomy and grow your own style at the same time? I've always found it difficult to find my own personal style while worrying about the accuracy of my art. Since you seem to have plenty of experience, you seemed like the best person to ask. Hope you don't mind.

Not sure if I’ll be the best person to ask about this, but I’ll be happy to answer!

One of the best and most memorable quotes I’ve ever heard about is: 

“You have to know the rules before you can bend and break them.”

I always have this quote in the back of my mind when I work on my art skills and try to improve. It helps me remember that, no matter how tedious it may be, you must learn the rules of anatomy, shading, posing, etc. and get a good feel for it before stepping out of the box and finding your own style. I’ve actually fallen back on learning more about human anatomy and drawing backgrounds just because I’ve gotten too comfortable with my art style. Word of advise: DON’T DO THAT. 

It’s extremely important to keep learning and changing and seeing where you can improve in your art. Don’t stay in one place for too long, or else art block will creep up on you- sometimes in more severe cases than you might expect. Look at other artists styles, find what you like in it, and try to apply it to your work. Find online tutorials- but try to keep an eye out for ones made by professionals, not beginners. Stay away from “How to draw ANIME/MANGA!” books and stuff because let me tell you something; You’re not going anywhere if you start with that. Trust me, I learned that the hard way. Just go out and search for challenges and prompts anywhere on the internet and practice the hell out of drawing. Seriously.

I know that seems to be the most over-said tip from every artist in the universe but that’s only because it’s true. And, not only is it true, but it’s harder than it sounds and has the highest payoff out of anything else you can do. Quick improvement comes with IMMENSE amounts of dedication and focus on what you’re doing and what you want to do, so you can’t give up!

Hopefully that helped! I’m still just a hobbyist artist for right now, so I wouldn’t say I’m all that experienced, but I’ll do anything I can to help you guys out.

anonymous asked:

What do you use for anatomy? I would like some help in a few areas. ^^

I just draw while keeping in mind stuff I learned over time by looking at other people’s art and cartoons and stuff and how they go about anatomy or poses! sometimes I’ll browse theough my folder to see if there’s something that can help my out with a pose but yeah

sometimes I also look at real people but rarely because a lot of times it does the opposite of helping for me unless I find the exact pose Ineed (sometimes I pose for stuff myself if I can lmao or do hand poses)

anonymous asked:

Hello. Do you have any art advice? :) you have really awesome art btw.

Oh gosh thanks! 

hmmmm idk really, the best advice I could give is to draw as much as you can, you can study art all you want but if you don’t put what you learn to use you won’t get any better, so just keep drawing, use references as much as possible,

oh and don’t be afraid to draw something you don’t usually draw, try mixing it up every now and again, try different art styles, mediums, programs, poses, faces, bodies, clothes, colors, animals, human, machines , buildings, scenery, you may find some other things you like better

…well that’s all I have to say. Here are some helpful websites that I use


This one gives you a random poses to draw over 

Random Color Scheme Generator

Random Outfit Generator

Random Character Generator 

Another Character Generator 

Practice Drawing animals,human figures,faces,hands/feet

Gesture Drawings

Perspective Help(Plus other art tutorials)

dirty-noodle-deactivated2016092  asked:

Where did you learn to draw amazing anatomy from?

A lot of it came from a basic understanding of muscle and bone structure. You don’t really have to memorize all their names like I did, but knowing what they look like and how they connect is always beneficial!

Another part of it is learning how you want to stylize it. Nowadays, the anatomy is always slightly exaggerated, which is pretty appealing since it gives the character more personality, even if it’s just a hint. Taking pointers from other artists isn’t bad, and keeping in mind your personal ideals is a good way to not be too influenced by a certain style in particular.

Also reference! People like SenshiStock on deviantART and reference blogs on tumblr are there to help you get a better understanding of something you might not have the chance to experience in person. Do some digging and you’ll find a ton just here on Tumblr!

There are also a lot of really good sites you can use to practicing poses, and I found these just from googling “random pose generator”:

http://www.quickposes.com/pages/random

http://www.posemaniacs.com/

http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing/

http://lifedrawing.me/randompose (this one’s kind of interesting because it’s more of a randomly generated text prompt that you can use to create a variety of poses)

Best of luck!!

anonymous asked:

Your art is amazing! I been struggling to make art like that :< can you teach us how you make your pose so dynamic and how do you figure how to make pose like your recent art??

Oh! Thank you! Haha–

… okay, tbh. I… sort of. Fudge everything i draw. I have a slight idea in my head and then I hope it comes out somewhat like what I want? I literally just throw lines down until i go “that one–that one’s good–”

But! 

I can lead you through some of my steps–

Step One: I usually think of the motion i want in the sketch? So I start out with a line like this? I’m keeping the pose i kinda-sort-of want in mind while I draw this out. For this one, I just knew I wanted a kiss.

Two: Then I go further and break that into the two characters.

Just so I know how they’ll balance out? 

Three: Crappily draw in the shapes you need to build up the proper characters.

Yes, it always looks like that.

… from there I literally keep throwing down lines like that and hope it looks good–moving things constantly. XD

Keep tangents in mind and make sure everything feels balanced–sometimes that means moving a foot or bending a knee! I think I’ll do a demo of the things I learned in school that has made this become second nature… but years of life drawing and gesture studies and animation redraws have definitely made finding dynamic poses easier…

i’materribleteacher–

I think trying to keep motion and life in your work is something that comes with practice and trying to keep an eye on the action and follow through of what they’re doing? I’mma recommend looking at Life Drawing by Robert Barrett as a resource for posing… also, study animation stills and art-of books–they’re a great learning tool and what I used to help me learn!

ANYWAYS. UH.

I REALLY HOPE THAT HELPED.