Mar222015: Drawing Bodies

“Hi Reimena ~ Thanks for reading this I hope I’m not bothering u. Well, I kinda have a hard time drawing body position, I wonder do u have any tips to draw them? Andd I love how u color ur artworks!! Would it be okay if I asked how u do it?”

Asked by thisusernameisfabulous

Hello! You aren’t bothering me at all. I would be glad to help you! ^^

I’m not very good at body positioning myself, but it is getting better. Mainly because of:
1. Using references
If there’s a pose that’s super hard for me to imagine in space, I hit up places like Senshistock or some other reference sites (I’m sure there are more, but I only use the one I mentioned) and either find the pose that’s nearly exactly what I imagine in my head, or compile photographs with bits and pieces of the pose and try to aggregate everything together (basically Frankenstein).

2. Doing live drawing sessions, or well, close to it
In Malaysia it’s very rare to get into life drawing sessions unless you’re in art school (I’m not), so I had to figure out shortcuts: using sites like Pixelovely, which is an online ‘live drawing’ session using photographs, using Pinterest and drawing from what I see in real life. I actually prefer to draw from observation, since it forces me to go fast and capture the essence of the pose. Speaking of which, imo, a pose is not only just arms and legs and which angle they go to but the essence, the feel of it?? It’s ideal to learn anatomy yeah, just don’t make it feel dead inside.

And here’s how I usually figure out poses:

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Basic things are just breaking your people down into shapes and trying to manipulate these shapes into sort-of human poses. It helps I think to be familiar with your characters (if you’re just drawing general human people, treat the entire species as a character!) and how they work in space. My drawings are flat (a stylistic choice), as you can see here, but it still works out. That’s cos I forced myself to learn how this guy looks from nearly every angle. You can learn a handy technique like construction (viewing shapes in space) or line of action, which they use in animation. The Pinterest link up there has a bunch of resources if you wanna know more.

As for colouring, it’s really….simple. It’s the same always, whether lined or lineless. I also like, use the same brushes. (Kyle Webster’s inkier type brushes). So boring haha.

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Also I’m not sure if you mean by technique (which is just this thing up there) or colour choice, but if it’s the latter, then….just pay attention to the colours of your favourite pieces and see why and what is the reason for choosing them, and look at things in real life. Sadly my sense of colour is intuitive and by sight and was pretty strong from early on so I can’t really offer you any advice from being bad at it to being good at it. It’s just looking at things a lot. The tl;dr here is just….observe…. and also, you don’t have to listen to me, you can do whatever you like. There’s plenty of resources out there and many ways to do things, so learn stuff if you want and don’t be afraid to find your own technique!!

 

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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