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Poses: an introduction by hibbary Poses: an introduction by hibbary
And here's part two!

Those of you looking for more specific direction might like that one better.

These crazy things take me so damned long. Honestly, I've put a lot of hours into it, which is why it's so late.

I realize this is word-heavy. Sorry, but I didn't make this tutorial for people who don't like to read. There are already dozens of these on DA and you can find them by plugging 'poses' into the search bar. I felt the need to cover information that the others don't.

I thought I had a LOT more to say about this but I guess I don't. :D It might come back to me later. Apologies for spelling errors. I read over it about ten times and kept finding tiny little things so I'm sure there are still a few hiding here and there.
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Tatsuo1 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Practice congratulating yourself, not for making a pretty drawing, but for putting a lot of effort into improving."

That right there is probably the biggest secret you could have given. With everything you mentioned before, that statement is all the more profound. The quote I think that could go along with that is, "you'll make thousands of bad drawings in your lifetime, make them your first." Or something like that :P

On to part 2!
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Javamoos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
That is very helpful, thanks for sharing! :-)
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catukas Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you! Thanks to you I got my motivation back. It was away for too long ..
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MIDOxRI Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
It's actually a really good advice, tho it does appear to be obvious O_O But I think this  brought to light some points I was missing O:::
Thankyou :heart: You're awesome <3
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice 
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Creyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for uploading these two! :D
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is so incredibly helpful, and offers a lot more than other "how to draw X" tutorials. This isn't about "how to draw", it's about how to criticize yourself to get better--and I love that! I have begun starting to practice some of this, hopefully in time it will help. Thank you so much for sharing this :3
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tigerlilyv Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013   General Artist
All of the advice you put in here is so incredibly helpful! I especially like your closing line of congratulating yourself for not just making a "pretty picture" but most importantly putting in the effort to improve. :heart: Thank you very much for taking the time to create and post this!
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ramidole Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
THIS. IS. SO. GODDAMN. TRUE.

I totally neglect to practice what I feel I'm worse at, simply because it makes me feel redundant and ridiculous. You've summed up my entire art life in this tutorial.

Thanks for providing so much inspiration to me in one image!
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fumeradraycarla Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really good C: I'm gonna pass it on to my friends
sorry if I just spammed your inbox with favourites, my laptop buttons are super-sensitive and keep doing it to EVERYTHING D:
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Solstubbe Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful, I never thought of many of these things. Thank you! :)
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish someone had made something like this years back, and shown it to me. I've been drawing for 9 years, and when I first started, anatomy scared me, so I stuck to small things... buttons, leaves, lights, pens, etc. I was told to just practice, practice, practice... no one told me to practice what I WANTED to get good at. So in my young head I looked at it all like a video game... level 1 was buttons, level 2 was logos, and eventually I'd just level up to doing people and animals... now here I am, more talented at drawing lamps, cups, and doorknobs and floating eyes that earn me a lot of praise for my attention to detail... but the things that I want to be good at? I'm not. And as you pointed out, it's not always fun to practice what you're bad at, not always fun to slog through it... especially when it's something you want to be good at.

So thanks for posting this, it wasn't much that I didn't already know, but it was nice to be reminded of it, and I'm sure this will help many people to avoid what I did, and I'll be sure to link this around to anyone I see and know who needs it. :)
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OfWolvesAndAngels777 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an extremely helpful tutorial. Very well written and informative. It just baffles me how much, as an artiste, we don't always think about even though it seems like obvious information. You've reminded us of these things and kept it simple. Very good tutorial. one of the best
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CleverCaveman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful actually. I think my best feature of drawing is the face and torso as well as hands. I cannot begin to handle breasts or proper neck positions and I am terrible at poses so, according to this, that's what I should concentrate on.; which makes sense. Also backgrounds and scenery is something I need serious help on.
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Lulie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tips, and your gestures are really appealing. Nice clean style. :)
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
So wonderful. Thanks!
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Vimes-DA Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Great series of tutorials you posted. Read through the 2 parts and it's like you pulled the thoughts out of my mind, I think about art almost exactly the same as your text here, saved me the time of writing the same stuff myself :D. If I want to show people how to improve I'll point em to these tutorials.

Funnily enough I also really have trouble drawing how the neck joins to the shoulder aswell, always perplexed me. So weird how it sinks inwards when the head moves down towards the body. Also have a lot of trouble drawing the bend in elbows :D. Anyway thanks for taking the time to write this.
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bsbhorsegirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've done an amazing job here, Hibbary. There's so much helpful information here that I don't think most people think about. I hope to utelize some of this in the very near future.
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Tersethra Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saying "Thank you" for making this!
Hope to see you again soon.
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LoonyFred Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you! It was very motivating! Found out I`m not the only one struggling with misplaced necks ;)
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope, not at all. I got a number of other commenters who said the same.
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krios82 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you for sharing, it is a really useful reminder =)
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DARGON1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making an "Honest" Tutorial with "Real-life" issues in mind! I don't mind the reading,for reading is learning and learning is what we are all here for,right?
I do love the show of flaw's and needed for corrections and feel this only helps to bond the relation between teacher and student. Overall I find this tutorial Very helpful and something I will return to again and again for reassurance and advice. Great job,This is very helpful in many ways.:)
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for these advises!
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kitty-eared-girl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for creating this. It's always helpful to see another artist's process. You also said a lot of things that I think most of realize unconsciously, but choose to avoid anyway. Your advice is a wake-up call, the little conscience sitting on your shoulder saying "See?! See?! THIS is what I've been TRYING to get you to do! Stop slacking~!"
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Pieatingninja Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Super useful, thank you!
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Eternityspool Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This set of tutorials is superbly helpful Hibb, thank you :heart:
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natakarin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you very much hibbary for the great kick in the ass, you're always an inspiration. Talent is the one thing but hardwork and constant practise is what really matters. The hardest part is to actually convince yourself that your effort will bring effects in the long run. I feel like I'm doing same mistakes over and over again and I never get out of this error circle. I wait for the day when I learn how to properly place shoulders.
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IsenVarulven Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
This is so pretty and cool!
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TORAGE Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Nice :3
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Wotsit123 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this, it points out a lot of problems ^^
I guess I should start practicing while I'm young then, if I want to become great by the time I'm 15. :iconimdeadplz:
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Breiries Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This is awesome, it's not only useful but also inspirational and the word-heavy part is worth it in my opinion. The thing about me is that I sometimes like sketches or even thumbnails better than finished works, simply for the heavier presence of the artist's gestuality. I think tutorial and part two can help me a lot with a wolf tribal I'm working on so thanks! ^_^
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Breiries Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Little error in my previous comment, I meant to say THIS tutorial and part two, heh, sorry! ^_^
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very sage advise. Although I know these things already, it's good to read it again. Will favourite so I can remind myself later.

~D~
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Neo-The-Bloodedge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Usefull... Thanks!!!!!!
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm always looking for references to help me learn! Thanks for posting!
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doppelgangergrl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
This is awesome. Also, necks ARE frickin hard to draw.
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Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
My problem was always floating eyes-- I loved drawing eyes, and would spend ages on them... then realize the really should go into a face somehow...=P
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know just what can help you! Draw a LOT of skulls. Draw skulls from all different angles. You will then learn just where the eyes go because they are always anchored in the eye sockets in the same way.
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Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Huh, I have actually never thought about it that way, but that's a fantastic idea! Thank you very much, I'll definitely keep it in mind, plus even just skull thumbs will be great for a lot of my work:)
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
hark, ye, beware the dreaded skull thumb. :D
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CASANDRAGUIMAUVE Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG!! it's really interesting!!!^^ that will be help me
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Such an awesome tutorial, thank you so much for the helpful advices!! :love:
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Shan-Goo77 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's Real Good!
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Many MANY thanks for this wonderful advice.
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Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Wow. Very useful and helpful. I can relate to a lot of what you have written here, especially towards the end. By the way, fantastic thumbnails! A quarter is quite teeny, but you get a lot into that little space. xD That's my normal scale (which is bad for me). Hahaha...

I have a question (sort of)... I've only studied anatomy from books because I am too young for classes at the moment, so whenever I go to correct my own anatomy, I'm completely clueless. Sometimes I don't understand why it looks wrong (or stiff, in some cases). There will be specific poses in which I cannot figure out how to draw more correctly.
Any suggestions?
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mirrors are awesome tools! Rembrandt drew hundreds of self portraits. I've drawn lots of pictures of my own hands. Also, a camera with a timer can help for those poses that you just can't get with a mirror. Have a sibling or a friend? Sometimes they'll model for you, too. If they don't want to sit still long enough, you can use the camera again.

Hope that helps. =)

~D~
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Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you so much! :D Yeah, I need to start using the tools I have. xD haha...
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
You can definitely fit a lot into that small space. :F

I study anatomy out of books, mostly, because finding a model is difficult.

It sounds to me like perhaps you've just not put enough hours in. I know this sounds like a cop-out answer but it really isn't. You HAVE to study a certain amount to even begin to understand what you might be doing wrong. When it comes to poses specifically, gesture drawing is going to help you the most. You don't worry about surface details and instead work on the pose and motion of the body.

go to www.posemaniacs.com and do the 30 second drawing a little bit every day. You'll find that errors in your own drawing will begin to become more obvious because you have more pose knowledge.
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Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Wow! Thank you very much for responding. I will take your word for it, and definitely check out that website. :D Thanks again.
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