Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Drawings...not from my mind.

My friend found this awesome site:

He has a series of photographs that pretty much breaks down the movement of ballerinas and kung fu artists to show a series of beautiful shots.  And, it quickly became my new favorite site.

I miss drawing from life, so this will have to do for now.

This was not from the site I showed above.  It's a classical pose...and kinda boring.  I really need to practice more.

Now that's more like it.

EDIT: Nevermind, this is MUCH BETTER.

EDIT #2: Retract the last statement.  It just keeps on getting better and better.
What my last year of college was like.

In case you're curious as to who these guys are, look here:


  1. I'm not sure what's more difficult. Drawing people in certain poses or trying to pose people naturally to take their photograph. Ugh. It's so challenging for me to pose certain people with specific body types that they find flattering in photos.

    I have a folder with pages from magazines of people of all shapes, sizes, and ages in different poses. I study them, make notes, study them again. But once I'm at a shoot I freeze. *sigh*

    Your drawings help me to understand body language. So thank you.

  2. Hi Nanny!

    Working with the human figure is always a challenge. Body language in art plays a vital role in telling the story, and also the emotions of a character - you can derive so much from just their silhouette.

    That being said, I'm not too sure about posing in photography, but when I draw gestures, I try to go for the clearest poses possible. (Although, in this case, I just referenced from photos.) I also try to exaggerate and push the pose, because I can - sometimes I completely re-pose the person to make a clearer drawing (I'm drawing them, not doing exact copies. Does that make sense?)
    Yeah, it's harder when it comes time to "perform" (like drawing from the person directly in front of you), but I find that aiming for one thing at a time really helps. Like, taking it one technique at a time - and you keep on practicing it until it becomes natural. After you have a complete grasp of it, you move onto the next one, until they all become second nature to you.

    So, good luck to you! It took a long time for me to understand these concepts, and I'm still learning, haha. But that's what makes it fun!