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02-11-2015, 02:20 PM
I've been trying to practice on poses and trying to think three-dimensional with my drawings. I can say I've improved a lot from my previous attempts first time around but they still look flat at times.

Do any of you have any tips, tutorials, advice, etc. on the matter that have served you well in yours drawings and willing to share? Any and all thoughts will appreciated!

02-11-2015, 08:54 PM
There are some good foreshortening refs on deviantart in the models area http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/resources/stockart/model/

I usually go there for ideas or if I'm wondering what an arm/leg would look like in a specific pose. It isn't much, but I hope it helps!

02-11-2015, 09:05 PM
Have you heard of the "Coil Technique" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJWLaDSNBAI) ? It helps a lot with figuring out foreshortening, I find.

02-20-2015, 10:12 AM
A little late, but I hope this helps:

Grinding gesture drawings on paper could be a quick way to understand poses.

What I do is download a whole ton of interesting pose stock images(like from here (http://pose-emporium.deviantart.com/gallery/) or what Antumbra mentioned), put them in a folder, start up Windows slide show on shuffle, and time myself a few minutes to draw each pose.

When doing gesture drawings, you should focus on form and not worry about details or lines. Keep them small, a few inches each, and fill up whole pages with them. The goal is to learn how to identify the line of action and how the pose is balanced. It's also best to draw with pen to encourage you to be more confident with your sketches and avoid the eraser.

Example gesture drawings
Do these for around 15-30 minutes everyday if you can, and your overall drawing abilities should quickly improve. It's also a nice way to warm up before doing a full drawing.