by Jman3, February 13th 2019 © 2019 Jman3

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

My current goal is: Better understand human anatomy, so I can render imagined poses

I took a bit too long to get into another session, hope to stay on track but I should get close to my goal for the week. Made a mistake and had to restart the session but I was not too far in, so it wasn’t a big deal. I really like how the last three drawings came along, I would love some input onto what I should be looking at.


First of all, thanks for putting numbers with your drawings so that it's easy to pick out which one I'm referring to! Haha.

The shading in these pieces is particularly good. It is minimalistic, but still tells the viewer a lot about the shapes we are looking at. In number 18, the shadow around the back and side of the figure gives the torso more of a curve as well as hinting at the taper into the waist.

To continue your work, you might benefit from doing some studies on balance. For example, taking some dynamic poses and bashing out some quick 10-second action lines. I say this because I notice that 16 and 17 seem a little off balance as if they about to fall over. This may also be the sign of an art lean. In my experience, art lean is often (not always) caused by drawing on a flat surface. If you aren't already, I suggest trying to draw on a surface that is aimed directly towards you so that you can see the perspective clearly. I find it makes things easier for me, at least.

On a different topic, I like how you have selectively omitted some of the contours such as the head and feet in 16, the back of the head in 17. It really helps in drawing our attention to the focus of the piece and makes the pose more meaningful. In particular, missing out the back of the head in 17 helps to pull the center of gravity on the pose forward.

Keep up the good work.


Hello Pochik,

Thank you so much for the critique. I draw on a slightly inclined drafting desk (about 10 degrees) do you think I should make it larger? I see what you mean about balance, I will try to make sure I position the hips better in the future.

Thank you for the encouraging compliments I will continue to do my best!


If it is convenient, it might be worth giving a different angle a try just to see if you like it better. Personally, when I'm not using my graphics tablet, use a basic adjustable laptop stand so that I can move the paper to a good angle. I've had issues before where I've done a drawing flat (so it is angled upwards compared to the direction I'm viewing it from) and then when I finish and pick it up, I find that it is skewed in perspective.

But it's not the end of the world if you can't change the angle. You can get accustomed to drawing flat or at a smaller angle if you stay vigilant for the possible pitfalls.

I hope that helps!


That sounds reasonable, I will adjust my desk and see how that works out. Thanks for the input I will be sure to keep perspective errors in mind in the future!