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The Importance of the Figure

11/26/13  |  Posted by Jordan Charlton  |  Posted in Digital Creativity

Being able to understand and draw the human figure is a valuable thing to know. You want the people you draw to be anatomically correct, even if you're going to stylize the drawing. There are great sites that will do the trick when you find yourself in need of a figure when you have no one to pose for you, although I highly suggest finding life drawing sessions nearby. It is the best way to learn how to draw the human figure.

Artists.Pixelovely.com

This website offers drawing practice for figures and animals. When starting a session for the human figures, you can have the option to have nude models, clothed models, or both. Drawing the figure nude is to draw it in it's most natural form. The anatomy of the the body is unhindered by drapes and creases of fabric. You can choose to focus on one specific gender or random. Standard sessions are just timed drawing and you choose how long the drawing stays up. class mode will start off with quick gesture poses and work into longer poses. I really find this site useful when I can't make it to a figure drawing session, especially the class mode. It's always nice to warm up with gesture drawings before drawing longer poses.

Quickposes

Quickposes doesn't have the Class mode that pixelovely provides, but there are still a lot of other modes to be used. There are various challenge modes which allow you to choose a category and set a timer which ranges form 30 seconds to 120 seconds. There are also timed poses which works the same way as the challenge mode, but it allows you to choose between male and female models and clothed or nude. Random pose mode gives a random model to draw with no time limit. Quickposes.com also has a reference library of various models and poses that you can use as reference without being timed. It's a great gesture tool to warm up and practice. I love the random pose feature and the reference library.

Bodies in Motion

Scott Eaton is an artist/designer residing in the UK. On his website he has a photography category called, "Bodies in Motion." This photo series captures the body in various motions and poses as the body is going through them. These photos are great for using as a reference for a good action pose. I like using his pictures to get a base motion for a pose and then I'll add my own details.

Tip: Try setting up a camera and taking your own photo reference for drawings. You have a lot more control if you use your own images, textures, etc.

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