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Poses: methods of drawing by hibbary Poses: methods of drawing by hibbary
the second part of

it gets into the method a little more and includes some of my process. Don't take these drawings as anatomically perfect. I am not telling you how to draw a certain figure, rather, how to teach yourself how to draw figures.

Edit: Sorry dudes; I see a few wee spelling and grammatical errors but it's soooo late and I'm in bed. I'll fix them in the morning. :)
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Nikashia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD The Alien looks a little bit like Voldemort
Sarosna Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I often stress about my sketching process but I'm staring to realize that I'm not even supposed to nail a pose in the first try. Your tutorial made me feel so much better.
MadMeringue Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Probably one of the best tutorials I ever read on the subject. Thank you for sharing this! :)
Creyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow very useful! Thank you! :D
LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I am so thankful for these tutorials that you have made. Sidenote: You should write a book :P  But seriously.... Just last night I drew, painted and completed a piece only to look at my final painting and realize it was HORRIBLE. Just awful. I won't post it here because it's that bad. But thanks to this little nugget of helpfulness, I look at it as a learning experience, and not as a complete fail. :3 Thank you again for these wonderful tutorials!!
annsquare Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I love that your advice about learning is applicable to everything, not just art. I will copy some quotes down and start working :)
MegaBill Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Great tutorial, very nice and thorough. The bonus section is indeed a bonus, because aside from art itself, much of the advice (if not all) can be applied to many aspects of life, and anything regarding work that requires a level of passion.
Mad-Face Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very inspiring, you’ve made me realize what I have always known, but didn’t want to admit… Thanks 
Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing these lovely tutorials. I find the advice at the end is particularly helpful. :)
KillianHawk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you very helpful :D
Icicle1penguin Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that advice on the bottom. That's a confidence booster. :aww:
svyre Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very helpful tutorial!! thanks for the tips!! ;D
TheFlyingViper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Emily-NinjaCupcake Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Thank you for the brilliant tutorial! :D

And I was just wondering what brush settings do you have during sketching like in this tutorial? c:
hibbary Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
All the art done in this one is pencil. So no brushes to speak of. :F
cypii Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, I couldn't agree more with this, and I especially approve everything you stated in the bonus section! Your way of drawing figures is so smooth and expressive, I'm in awe. Please, keep that up!
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for sharing your processes with us :) It's really interesting to see how a more developed artist thinks. Just out of curiosity, when is a good time to put down the studying and just draw? I have relied so heavily on copying references that I actually can't draw much on my own, and I'm having a hard time learning when it's OK to move forward, even when the drawing could be better-- sort of like the one-pot students in your example. It's tough to know when to quit lol.
ivory-phills Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
UGH, I needed this so much! Thank you!
Lionessblade Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!!! Its really helpful!!!!!!! :)
Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The additional tips near the end really touched me as a person, because I'm just an amateur artist and I have been doubting myself for quite a while now, wondering if I have hit my limit. I never wanted to believe that, but seeing your words really inspired me. I'll practice more and keep trying!

Thanks a million!
KemonoApocalypse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Helpful, and inspirational. Thank you.
JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for making these. That's really all I can say.
Toyger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow this is so amazingly helpful! =D
I will read and cherish every word (only got halfway now, and completely loved it so far =^_^= But bedtime, will continue tomorrow =) )

Hoping to see more in the future! =D
With your knowledge I'm sure you could easily fill a book of these, and they would sell.
BAMillustration Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I really needed to hear that, especially the final points. It's easy to forget that art is hard, but it's ok for it to be hard.
WolfCryi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Great advice hibb, it's important to not get too frustrated and down on yourself when your drawing just isn't working and instead think about why it isn't working. what are you not understanding? Going through some of my old stuff I found some things I abandoned over some small thing I couldn't fix at the time, but with lots of practice you can figure out how to fix the issues and come back to it again later.
SmartGem Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I really liked that pot story ^^
And if someone reads my comment before reading that story...
They would probably misunderstand my words ;u;

Haha... to all those reading this and not the journal entry...
lol... yes... pots....
Solvernia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Ugh, I never learned animals anatomy... this is so helpful! :D
asgore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, thanks Hibbs. Totally lost it when you mentioned naked Voldemort because that's what I kept thinking when I looked at it. This is really helpful, I've been needing this!
TapSkill Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I unintentionally developed the ability to gesture poses in my head before drawing them. I never took this information to heart but it somehow sunk into my head, anyway, due to frequent practice.
Elhanna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Waah...too much information o.O But helpful. Really helpful. I wrote Point 6 on a piece of paper and stuck it on my pinboard (x Thanks a lot for that true words!
jackofalltrades0097 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that last bit pretty much just describes me in my art life right now. It's something that hit me last year, around August, and I've just been plugging away ever since. It really sucks, cause it's a lot of time and effort, and you've pretty much called out the feelings perfectly (self doubt, frustration, the whole nine yards). I've seen many an artist say all that, but you've put it so much more perfectly.

The whole tutorial was very useful, but that last bit just made me happy <3.
Thanks for posting!
MetalHarpey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is helping alot!!!!
Are you making one on colors as well? My main problem with creating something is that I can't really color it in photoshop because I never learned.
I can vector lines, but then I get stuck :/
Youtube videos dont really help much because I have to pause them so many times. Your explanation is clear - therefore I ask.
If you cant or wont, its understandable. Just saying it would help so much :3
lttttt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
lithxe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this. :)
ambientdream Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. wow... just wow.. i feel its a fate that brought me here.. the words you said at the bottom are really , really empowering. it basically answers all my self-doubt in art now. I just realized that i'm just being too hard on myself.. thank you, thank you so much, i think you could be a very good teacher. :') and also you have a heart of gold for sharing your insights. everything you shared here is just so crystal clear.. as if i had a revelation lol!

i want you to know how much this means for me.. i hope that find this earlier.
Nauhtei Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like everyone else, THANK YOU!! You make me wanna draw again!
krios82 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you =)
ponyhome Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I love tutorials like this, and getting away from boring is the one thing I need to work hardest at.
DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this!
DARGON1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see someone has a somewhat disturbing fascination of a deathly skinny,nude Voldemort..........:O LOL!!!
I must say you have provided some Very useful and motivational information here. It has pushed me in a forward direction,which I greatly thank you for! Number 2 I found Most helpful at this stage of my learning. Indeed I suffer most from trying to draw a complete and flawless picture every time I pick up a pencil. Relaxing my lines and just drawing for the sake of drawing is something that's almost unattainable for me. The problem I have most is construction lines. This being,what to do with them after I no longer have a need for them? Though after seeing your examples here,I now understand how they benefit me and can see how they can latter be removed for the completed piece.
Great tutorial,Please keep up the great work!:)
Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is very helpful! :D
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
fluffyluver3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! :)
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   General Artist
I think I need to draw by hand more. I miss the quickness.... or something.
Slyer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the most inspiring tutorials I've found, and I think it's more because of your advice than the actual drawings. As much as I also hate drawing feet, this whole thing makes me want to just go practice drawing feet :B
FablePaint Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Stellar advice included in a tutorial that's more than "just do it this way"? MIND BLOWN!
Thanks Hibs! This is precisely the kind of thing folks need. Folks like me too, who know it, but still need to hear it sometimes so we feel less alone.
mattroper Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Hey great tips! Thanks for making this!
Keprion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student
YES! finial I found someone who uses transparent figuring to! :heart:
Awsome tut, most aluring ^_^
Sevenshade Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconallthethingsplz: * actually :P I want an Edit feature!
Sevenshade Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Make ALL the BAD ART!!! :allthethingsplz:
No, seriously, you motivated me a lot :D That's JUST what I was looking for lately, motivation, someone to confirm that my doubts are natural, and most of all - pose making! :D
Thanks for this one a whole lot. Cheers!
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