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ANATOMY - 30 Second Poses by Violet-Grubs ANATOMY - 30 Second Poses by Violet-Grubs
Here is an exercise for *HenHenHen and well, anyone who wants to practice drawing anatomy.

The most helpful exercise I did in class was "30 Second Poses" where my teacher would pull up a picture and have us sketch the pose in 30 seconds. (As shown above) We'd draw one pose for 30 seconds then skip to the next one.

This helps you get a feel for anatomy and makes you pay less attention to detail and more attention to the overall pose.

As you can see, the ending product isn't really supposed to be pretty. There are plenty of different ways an artist can approach this exercise but here are some suggestions...

I started this picture with the red line. That is what I considered the base of this pose. I then drew the two big circles (marked by blue) The top blue one is the upper torso, the bottom the lower torso... Typically, since you have such a little amount of time, I just draw the limbs as sticks but you can add the ovals of the muscles too if you want.


Another approach is to first draw a line representing the overall bend of the pose (the orange line) and then to draw everything around it.

Do as you please.

In the end, this is really only 30 seconds and you have very little time to think. It is very useful and I hope it can provide you some help :)

I suggest looking for more Dynamic Poses for these exercises - Search for dancers (they usually have tight clothes too) martial arts, Yoga poses, or whatever else you can think of. OR *Pronouns suggested, "To add on, has a 30 second drawing app that is perfect for this exercise. :'D" I haven't checked it out yet but I will soon.

This also doesn't have to be for the entire human anatomy, you can focus on hands, faces, feet, etc.

I used DeviantArt stock for this picture ~ [link]
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monkeytsu Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will help out a lot. Thank you. :)
Sc2Vagenda Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmmmm... I do feel like when I do this with posemaniacs I do learn a lot. Being forced to sketch so quickly forces you to kind of get out of your habits.

I'll give this a try after lunch.. or linner lol and upload some sketches to my scraps and share. :) :heart:

thank you!
RabidDoller Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to be so helpful.
Violet-Grubs Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
RabidDoller Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome. :D
Pronouns Jan 1, 2011  Student General Artist
To add on, has a 30 second drawing app that is perfect for this exercise. :'D
Violet-Grubs Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! That's fantastic!
Thank you so much! I will have to use that!
dude that's awesome! thanks XD *lol* *fave*
Violet-Grubs Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I hope it helps!
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