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Offline HockeyRaven

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Pose help
« on: August 05, 2009, 03:29:17 pm »
Ok, I've done a bit of searching on my own, but nothing too successful yet. I've tried Posemaniacs, didn't find anything useful.

What I need is a good reference pose for a 3/4 or side view of a seated figure, preferably in a chair, or otherwise with one leg bent at the knee, normal sitting pose, with the foot on the ground and the other leg crossed over the first, crossing at about the ankle of the upper leg over the knee/thigh of the lower leg.

I sketched out something about an inch tall that looks ok, but when I try to get that same pose into a full-size drawing, everything goes kaflooey.

Where do all y'all get your pose references? I know that sketching off of real people is the best, but in lieu of real people, where do you go?
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Re: Pose help
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 08:11:56 am »
I search google and picsearch mostly and flicker and stock photo sites. What I do is save all the poses I came across that I might use bits off meaning even for future pictures and I join them by drawing to make a new pose. Or I might get my family to take a photo of me in poses.
Also I got a book with how to draw dynamic poses to that helped me draw some without ref sometimes to.
I haven't found one like that yet sorry.

Name of the book is Dynamic Figure Drawing I just bought it online.
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Re: Pose help
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 02:40:31 pm »
The posable art models can be somewhat helpful, but I think the second best thing to having a real person pose for reference is to use a good anatomy book. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form by Eliot Goldfinger is one of the best. You may be able to find this or other books that can help you at your local library.
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Re: Pose help
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009, 04:53:35 pm »
I tend to often start drawings with simple stick figures as it's generally easier to work out the pose that way. Then I'll move on to adding the actual form in the pose.  This seems to work fairly well for most poses. For more difficult poses, if you have a digital camera, you could take reference pictures of yourself as a guide for the pose. Also a large mirror can be helpful.