sorry if this question seems dumb but, when you want a specific pose for a person you want to draw, how do you find a good reference? its kinda hard to reference in my head. Do you have any tips?
it’s not a dumb question at all!
honestly, I don’t use references as often as I probably should lmao rip
for most simple poses, I won’t use a reference, but possibly use my own body/reflection if I need any help (I reference my reflection more for expressions than for poses)
for more complex poses(crouching/sitting, poses with foreshortening, etc) I’ll go online and collect a few images that are as close to the pose I have in mind. Depending on the complexity of the pose, I’ll often loosely trace a reference image to get a foundation, and then I’ll add details from there as necessary. If I have multiple images then I’ll reference those when I need to.
**sidenote** There are several deviantart accounts like SenshiStock that are pose reference databases. Google is also a good tool, just type a descriptor of your pose and sometimes adding “stock” to the search helps too.
As for an example! I drew this traditionally, so I couldn’t trace anything, but the pose wasn’t so challenging that I really needed to.
And here’s what my search looked like:
As you can see, there isn’t one picture that matches EXACTLY. I used a lot of them as reference (most notably the first image). I knew I wanted one of Lance’s legs to be up in the air, so I kept scrolling until I found something close enough.
It’s good to thumbnail a pose a couple times before you draw it, too. Especially in traditional media.
Remember, referencing photos is ok but always make sure to change it enough that it isn’t plagiarism!!!