Figure Drawing 22

by Sawyer_Sweet, September 26th 2018 © 2018 Sawyer_Sweet

Done as part of a 30 minute class. You can see the starting poses/figures in the background, this is the 10 minute pose at the end.

My current goal is: Reduce stiffness and make my drawings feel more dynamic, energetic, fluid


Program: Clip Studio Paint

Hardware: Surface Pro 4/Upgraded Surface Pen w/ 2H nib


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Hey Sawyer_Sweet and welcome to Line of action! Here are some things that came to mind:


I like that you have listed the goals you have in mind, this is really helpful. So often people say "how do I make it better" but do not know what "better" is.

To get looser, my first suggestion is use fewer lines. Your proportions are good, and you are clearly looking at your model and drawing what you see.

What I also see is a small gradation in proportions especially in the leg and foot that is on the viewers left of the most finished image. This often comes, I find, when the figure is drawn more as individual parts. Each part of the body is mostly finished before the next one is done. And as we study those parts of the body our mind makes them larger.

This can be avoided by laying out good marking lines or dots to map out the outer points of your figure. How tall, how wide, where are the major joints and landmarks of the body? And then make a single confident line.

Part of the stiffness is all of the visual noise as you make so many strokes to create what will ultimately become a single line.

Then when you have a cleaner gesture drawing, exagerate the pose a little.

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