Learning postures

by Eduardo Ryhz, November 23rd 2020 © 2020 Eduardo Ryhz

Done as part of a 10 minute class. My goal is to learn to develop the postures taking as a reference the real muscles of the body, I would be interested if you give me your point of view on this work done and I would appreciate if you could give me tips to improve.

Nice afternoon.

Tx Williep

I see you are using an underlying structure for your figure (excellent). An underlying structure will give you direction on which you can build on. A simple stick figure will work just fine (you can get the parts positioned as you want and then expand them). Line-of-Action has sections on hands & feet and faces and expressions you should check out. The internet has a lot of free information on human anatomy - both muscles and bone structure. Make a really good study of these subjects and make drawings of what you find (keep them close for reference). A book you may find of interest is:

"Morpho: Anatomy for Artists" by Michel Lauricella. He has many other related books

Whatever you do. remember: Practice makes better. So, keep practicing.

Eduardo Ryhz

Thank you very much for the feedback, in fact one of my problems when drawing is that I do not widely recognize the human body as a sign and using internal structures helps me to give me an idea of ​​how to turn. I am going to review Lauricella's books I think they could support me in my goal.

I wish you a good evening.


It's good that you are starting from the underlying structure (the stick-figure), but the form you put on top of that looks a bit flat. It can be helpful to try and think of the body less as lines, rectangles, circles and more as 3D shapes (cones, cylinders, etc.) It's a difficult shift but will make you much more flexible and better at unusual angles once you get good at it.

Eduardo Ryhz

I think it is a very good observation, I will be reviewing a bit of general geometry to better understand that area.


Really nice! I think it will be more helpful for you to start practicing nude models, to understand more the proportions and the muscles of the body. Or doing individual studies on muscles and the skeleton. They key is to work by layers: skeleton -> muscles -> skin -> clothing

Eduardo Ryhz

In fact, this is one of the images that I have, but I have others where if I work with nude models, although I had not thought about that layer structure, I will be implementing it to improve on it.


While I agree that the stick figure is a good idea. I would suggest experimenting with a more smooth motion of lines. It can definitely help you out with making the drawing feel more smooth and alive. As for the clothes that is where knowing how to draw the cross gesture can come into a huge help. As in understanding the perspective of where the legis at and how the clothes fold over that.

Eduardo Ryhz

Although in fact my first objective is to understand the structure of the human body to study it, your observation is precise since I eventually seek to give the drawing a natural movement to avoid rigidity. thank you.

Polyvios Animations

Very perfectly excellent first attempt, EduardoRhyz, that's pretty great work. So if I was to point out on a certain issue, then it would be that I like the gesture that this attitude's making, but I see some of the stiffness in the pose. Why don't you please loosen and liven up your broadest strokes in 35 more minutes of 30-second poses?

The reason why is because, it'll make your life poses, less stiffest, most dynamic, energetic, and fluid; especially in terms of the postures, and the muscles, and their broadest gestures.

Hope they've been completely and totally helpful and profitable.

Eduardo Ryhz

Certainly you are right, in fact I hardly know what the bases of the human body are, which can result in that since I do not know precisely how the muscles or the joints of each part of the body are doing, I get something crooked, in addition to my stroke lacks fluency.

I appreciate your observation and I will be practicing in more fast exercises, have a nice night. Greetings.

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