Drawing People: online resources for figure drawing

I’ve been drawing people a lot lately. It’s been mostly in cartoons and working on comic concepts. Sometimes I use poses straight from my imagination, but more often I use pictures of friends or myself. There are a lot of resources online that can be helpful too though. I’m trying to get a better grasp at drawing people so I’ve been looking in to finding more of those resources and thought I’d share them with you. I made a list of some of my favorites.

Croquis Cafe – On Air Video, Inc. produces their Croquis Cafe. This is on You Tube and it’s a series of videos with nude models in various poses. The 360 series presents the models slowly spinning. This allows you to pause the clip at the angle you wish to draw the model at. It is also a great reference for sculpting. The In Real Time series has the models switching poses in 1, 2, and 5 minute increments. It’s great for timed practice sketching or if you want to do a more detailed session you can pause the clip on your pose of choice.

New Masters Academy – Also on You Tube, the New Masters Academy produces videos of models posing. They offer a series of nude and clothed models. Their channel also offers demos and tutorials.

Pinterest – Pinterest searches are great ways to find gesture drawing reference material. Some fun searches are belly dancer, jumping, and aerial silks.

Deviant Art– It’s not just artwork on display here. User submitted stock images and reference photos are made available on Deviant Art also. You can check out SenshiStock for some action/adventure poses. Drawing someone walking is sometimes easier said than done. Pyjama-Cake has you covered on those “seems basic, but WTF – this is hard,” poses.


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