So, this post will be highlighting the website Proko and how it can help you to improve your life drawing.
Whether you take life drawing or not, learning how to structure the human form (or animal forms!) Is important to know and master. Proko is a great place to pick up tips and techniques taught by Marshall Vandruff and Stan Prokopenko. The site is free to use and has a bunch of videos that highlight different techniques, along with critique videos and videos that focus on drawing certain areas. (There is a premium service as well, but since I haven’t payed for it, I won’t delve into that.)
This material is fantastic to use whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro. Many of these videos help visualize how to break down the model into shapes by using real models. Remember to keep in mind that there is no ‘right’ way to draw from life, but you can be certain that there is a way for you to feel comfortable when drawing and to get the most out of your figure.
I see this mistake EVERYWHERE and it drives me BONKERS. If you’re drawing something really graphic, this rule does not apply. But if the body is anatomically realistic, the hand shouldn’t be a roll of sausages.
A workable fuck-ton of male archery references (per request).
[Please note that the top two images of the white statues are for weaker bows; typically, the bow will have a stronger pull weight. The front arm would be fully extended and straight, and the hand gripping the arrow would not be pinching the arrow itself.]
I’ve been reading up on body language and stuff trying to make my comics less stiff. I put my notes into reference sheet form so other people can use them. I actually took a while making this, so I hope you guys find it interesting!
Also, this font didn’t have apostrophes or quotes so a lot of things seem awkward!? Sorry about that.
A useful reference sheet for those who need help with posing and body language!