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by Mely6990, May 31st 2023 © 2023 Mely6990

I'm trying to create a more consistent schedule for myself when I'm practicing this more offten and I'm almost done with school so, I know one can't get better without community so crits welcomed! 

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Greatest job on your understanding and control of your gestures, straights vs.curves, and silhouettes in your pose, in addition to this comment, I'm still not getting enough of your flowing lines of action in your pose, still it all looks like you sketched it all out from your reference. How would you care to do a 10 minute figure sketch where you do half-and-half? Which means, you just look at your figure for 5 minutes, then put it away and just sketch it out for the last 5, using your memory?

The reason why you could and should try this out is that you could and would be able to most quickly grasp out the simplest shapes and forms of the human pose while drawing those from memories. For even most info, be sure to look into Andrew Loomis' books Fun With A Pencil, and Figure Drawing For All Its Worth, for most details. It's available everywhere, at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Hope this has helped you out so much.



Consider dramatising even your figures a bit more- by displaying more of the figure's mussels through line quality (thick to thin lines). Your work will look like it is coming off the page and not made from a reference photo.

Make the lines over curvy and super thick to super thin-Working from your elbow or shoulder by holding a pencil "the artist's way" and having a long led or a woodless pencil is fab for this kind of work. If you are unsure what that is, there are tons of references on youtube. Pick one and go.

Think the Incredible Hulk. Draw all your figures this way- even if they don't look like that in the reference photo.


This will teach you more about volume and line control and give your drawing style the weighty girth it currently lacks. This will also give you storytelling skills and teach you about the drama available, even in the most boring or sublime pose.

Take some time to study Francis Bacon's or Freud's gesture works. They are well worth studying. Matise's abstracts are fun too. Copy the abstracts and make them look like a full-figure version of the Hulk, and you will be surprised by how much you will learn about mass in a drawing.

All the best,

JCML Fine Art

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