Day 5, Feeling better, more hopeful.

by Starcursedmass, October 18th 2021 © 2021 Starcursedmass

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

So, work is done this week, I have the energy for art. Going over the comments from before, the themes of the things I should work on are, 30-60 second poses , learning basic anatomy, and emphasizing not overthinking and being messy. I'll focus on those this week. That being said, I get confused sometimes from what this site is informing me with the tips section of these sessions. The site tips say for 30 sec figures to basically just draw the line of action and maybe a head, yet the feedback I get reccomends me to be more messy and freeform. It gets confusing. I also tend to lose what I'm drawing when it gets messy, and the forms turn into knotted fishing line. Not sure how to work on that. I'll keep trying, thanks for all the help though. Future critques are appreciated.

My current goal is: I don't know! I am an absolute beginner; I'm here to study the basics of rendering, stay consistant with practice.

Polyvios Animations

Gorgeous use of gesture drawing, indeed, Starcursedmass. Way to go on your use of speed, humor and stylization of the gestures.

Well, if I was to give you some truly constructive critiques, it could just mean one thing: I really, really love how much range of motion and emotion and expression of the poses, but I'm not getting enough of that totally animated look, humor and feel in these stick sketches. Will you kindly free up your shoulders with 30 minutes of 60 second (1 minute) quick poses? And while you're at it, please check out this link on gesture drawing influences and inspirations.

The reason why you would, could and should do this critique and this link is because, it could and should be able to inspire you in your progress and learning curve; although there's tons of inspirations available for you and me in and out of the Internet. Second of all, if your current goal is to make your drawings, designs and styles the least stiffest and the most fluidest of all, then go right ahead!

Happy drawing.


Hello, I just read this comment. I'll try the 60 seconds tommorrow, and see how it goes. Try to make it more animated. Thank you for your feedback.



If you like to have searching lines on the page before you start to commit to an image, I suggest that you use a lighter shade/pencil (I think you are drawing on a tablet?) then swap to a darker shade/pencil.

This way, you can commit to your image with more confidence and less confusion. But please note that this works better for poses longer than 30 seconds.

I think what you are missing out on or confused by is the order of importance.

*The line of action is the most important, followed by the general shapes that make up the figure.

*After that is accurate anatomy and believable proportions.

*From here, you can fill in more minor details, general shapes and emphasise the form.

*Shading and light come next.

*Followed by artistic expression and filling in the details.

*Lastly, fussing with the overall image of the form.

Essentially start with the most basic and build in your image as you go, for the time that that image is in front of your face.

Most young artists struggle not to get hyper-focused on one area and their drawing suffers for not looking after the overall image building in its structures as they go along. Details are like candy. We first need to place in the ruffage first or the candy will ugly.

If you are still having trouble, I would be happy to help.

All the best in your studies,

JCML Fine Art


Hello Starcursedmass!

Firstly, let me say your gestures look beautiful. They've definite form and deliberate markmaking. For a beginner, this is exactly what you want to see in your drawings. Your figures are stiff, but they do have accurate proportions from what I can tell. As you progress, I'd suggest emphasizing more focus on the silhouette of the figure on top of breaking the figure into simpler shapes. This should help your drawings become more fluid and less stiff. To practice, I usually set a timer for 3 minutes and use quick scibbling to block out the silhouette of the figure on top of a line of action. Then, I define the specific details by creating more bold lines overtop the "blocking scribbles". Try this a couple times and see if helps.


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