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    Sorry for english

    Hi everyone.

    well I wanted criticism for the gestures that I drew, since I'm just starting and it would be good to receive criticism from the beginning.
    most of them take me about 5 min, but as far as the gesture is, it doesn't take more than 2 minutes, well, what I think is the gesture.



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    If it takes you at most 2 minutes, or even less than that, to establish a figure's overall gesture using simple lines (not including blocking in the shape of the figure) I would say you are on the right track as far as that goes.

    Looking at the work you submitted, the gesture drawings are pretty good. They do not look rigid and have a nice fluidness to them with their many curves. Though one thing I noticed with a few of your gesture drawings is how the legs appear to be uniformly shaped or really straight. When drawing the leg, keep in-mind that from the thigh to the knee, the curve goes inward towards the knee (the patella) and tapers off as it enters the knee. Then, the line curves outward as you go from the knee along the calves towards the base of the foot (the tarsals), tapering off around said base.

    Any pose, even with someone just standing up straight, will have this kind of curvature along their legs.

    Overall, keep at it. This is a good start.


    Hi there! This is a good start, and I can see that you are using the line of action in your drawings.

    Some things I would suggest would be to draw the lines in one fluid motion instead of several small lines. Draw large long lines with confidence and this will increase the fluidity of your figure drawings!

    Try making long and confident lines. Lines drawn in one motion are better than many small lines stitched together to make one whole line. Practice drawing timed figures in 2 min or less to help you make fast decisions in order to improve line quality! This may seem daunting at first, but just try to capture the general motion of the figure.

    Studying anatomy and muscle/bone structure will really help in figure drawings, so make sure to also practice breaking down the muscles into simple shapes.

    Make sure to keep your hands relaxed and don't overthink the pose too much! Start by capturing the general feel of the pose.

    You're doing well so far, so keep up the good work! :)

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    Hello, thank you both very much, I will follow your advice.

    But regarding the study of anatomy, could you tell me what your learning process is like? I have an anatomy book but somehow I feel like I don't know how to use it.

    • Jarufe edited this post on November 2, 2022 12:48pm.

    Hello, This is a wonderful start! Your proportions come naturally to you. A heavy understanding of anatomy is only needed if your goal is to draw figures from imagination. It’s possible that the book you have is too far above your ability level, hence you will not get much out of it. The best thing you can study is bones and stenography (the study of shapes). I recommend the book “basic human anatomy” by Roberto Osti. I posted 2 pages of his book in my sketch book for someone else. The Glenn vilppu drawing manual is great for learning how to shade in your shapes. I use taco point character drawing for learning to draw from memory but it is a great beginner book. It’s anime based, it’s the one that is split in 2 books. You can check that out on Instagram taco1704. What books are you trying to learn from?


    hello cave paint, thank you very much.

    I'll take a look at the books you recommend :)

    the book I have is "Anatomy for Sculptors, Understanding the Human Figure by Sandis Kondarts and Uldis Zarins"

    I go to drawing classes and several spoke wonders about it, personally I think it must be a good book, only I'm a little slow, it's hard to learn new things the truth, one doesn't know how.


    That book looks amazing! I have yet to buy it, but it is on list to buy. You might want try using it to draw a skeleton through one of these models but it will take a bit of time. You can get a pretty good idea of what my book suggestions look like on Instagram.


    hello again

    I wanted to upload some gestures I have performed this week as practice, I have tried to follow the liquid and safety tips on the line, I am pretty sure I go a bit overboard, unfortunately I have not had time to go through the anatomy yet but I will give myself its time.

    I will now upload all the gestures I managed to do this week more or less in the order they were done, they were all done between 1:30 and 2:15 seconds or so.




    Thank you very much for all your advice and for future advice.


    I'm not sure if this question was addressed to me:

    regarding the study of anatomy, could you tell me what your learning process is like?

    but if it was, I apologize for replying late. Currently, my process for studying anatomy is to do gesture drawings from life, using either real models or photographs of models, while also looking up anatomy information online and applying what I read to what I draw. I tend to focus on specific parts of the body to understand the anatomy behind them, then apply what I learn to the whole figure. But as a beginner, I don't try to indulge myself in learning the anatomy of the entire body right away, as that can be overwhelming.

    I don't have an anatomy book of my own, so I can't recommend any that I think would be good for studying anatomy. But if I had to give advice on a good way to study anatomy and learn how to draw figures, complex or simplified, with the correct anatomy, it would be to draw models from life and consult anatomy books that cover the entire skeletal and musculuar strucutres of the human body. More specifically, in the anatomy books you read, I would focus on how the skeletal and muscular systems of the body form the contours you see on certain parts of the body, and how the body changes as a result of these muscles and the skeleton moving and changing by gesture.

    For example, if you were to draw a muscular man's arms, anatomically you would focus on how the deltoid and tricep muscles create the curves you see from the shoulder towards the elbow, because the contour of the arm is not perfectly straight. There is a curve to it due to the formation of these two muscles, in addition to the biceps. So if the arm is straight down, the arm would still have noticeable curves and tapers from the shoulder towards the elbow. But let's say that arm was bent, well now you would see the bicep expand outward as one giant curve along the arm, while the skin atop the bicep presses against the base of the elbow.

    Take what I say with a grain of salt. I didn't want to leave this question unanswered, but at the same time, I wanted to be cautious on what to say, as I am not a master at anatomy yet.

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