Beginners Basics to body poses and body language | Asha Calnan-Shaikh | Skillshare

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Beginners Basics to body poses and body language

teacher avatar Asha Calnan-Shaikh, Illustrator

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Body sketch

    • 3. Cleanup sketch

    • 4. Body types

    • 5. Class Assignment

    • 6. Outro

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About This Class

Learn the basics and core aspect of creating fluent, un-stiff characters where I will be teaching and demonstrating how to find the flow in real-life people's body language and using them as references to guide your drawing.

For this lesson you will need a pencil and paper, I will be using photoshop and my drawing tablet but you are free to use whatever you like because the most important thing for this class is to practice the basics so that you feel more confident in your drawing capabilities and ready to develop your drawing skills further.

At the end of this class, you will understand the flow in body language and be able to create more dynamic and fluid figures/ characters.

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Asha Calnan-Shaikh



Hello, I'm Asha and I am an illustrator. It's taken a lot for me to get to where I am with practicing and perfecting my current style that still continues to change. But I've learned a lot over the years and have gained some useful tips and skills that help with my own work that I now want to share with others in order to help other people improve their own art style and work even further and become an even better artist.

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1. Introduction: Hello, my name is Azure camera shake and I am an illustrator. And in today's video, I'm going to be showing you how to draw bodies and the flow within them in order to stop. Our drawings look less boring and stuff in order to make them look more natural and exciting, are going to be showing you some demonstrations on my work process. How I start with a basic sketch, an outline. And then I'll also be going into cleaning up the sketches and setting a work project for you guys to practice and show me how you are doing with it. 2. Body sketch: When it comes to join the body or use a red outline in order to capture the flow in the references that I use. When it comes to references I use usually Pinterest does a lot of photography, photography and models to look at, especially for practicing and a lot of other artists examples are quite good to see. Once I've drawn the flow of her body, I like to use boxes to capture the most important parts of her body, such as the chest, the hips. I'd also like to use connection lines in order to be able to understand where the Kinect. I also use it for the knees. For example, if you were to build a sculpture, you wouldn't just mold declares it was, that would be very hard to connect each part as how I like to look at my drawings. It helps me to understand where each part will go. I can rub them out quickly. It's just a lot better to visualize. Once I have finished the basic shape of my outline using all the squares and the connections, I like to lower the opacity and redraw it again, do it a lot more smoother. Ready for the final clean up? I've done a second one as well, just to repeat the process, try different body just to show you the difference. You see with this body, the line, the body is a lot more straightforward. Still same sort of her hips and her waist. Sort of the same flow as well. She wanted to repeat the process just to show you different examples of how to work with different body pose is again here I've used the exact same method, method of using boxes, shapes to get the main focuses of her body and redraw over again low in the capacity in order to be able to see what I'm doing. And again, I'm going over that image on another layer low near previous one in order to see what I'm doing. And just need two lines ready for the clean up. 3. Cleanup sketch: Now I'll be moving on to the clean-up session. And with the clean up is really just about lowing the capacity for the previous layer of the basic outline and just go over again, adding more details such as clothes, the phase, the hair. Just really going through. It's all adding things where it needs to be just create in that final image. I always find that when I'm on my cleanup air layer, I tend to make a few mistakes with the proportions and I always have to use the tools on first shop in order to correct them, which was really good going digitally for me anyway, says I always make mistakes. It's quite hard to get proportions correct all the time. No matter how many times you practice. As an artist, you're always going to make mistakes. As always going, something's going to not look quite right. The face in this one doesn't even look quite right, but this is just an example just to show you the process of how to create body in character. The most important thing is to just have fun with it. So images like Singapore saying until today, more confident in yourself. 4. Body types: Before I end today's lesson, I just wanted to draw attention to the models that I use, the references. And there are different body types. As you can see, the shapes that I made in order to get their basic outline are very different. Lots, much, this one is a lot thinner. Smaller shoulders, smaller hips, whereas this one is a lot more curvy. Larger shoulders and larger hips, the shapes are different. And it's good to practice with different body types because you'll be able to get a better understanding of the different kinds of shapes that you can use in order to capture somebody's pose and not practicing with different body types is boring. You will have the same sort of images that look the same every time. Or the poses is good to practice with those kinds of poses, different poses in order to get a variety of and improve your art style and skill even further. In later videos, I'll also be going into more detail about the different types of body types are a lot of different types in order to help improve your poses and your character characters even further. I just wanted to quickly mentioned that in order to show how important creating the basic outline before deciding to create an even more cleaner outline and doing the clean upset section. Because this will help you understand what kind of body or going for, what kind of pose you're going for. And just really help you with the rest of your image. 5. Class Assignment: For this lesson's projects and class assignment, I want you to find a reference image that you like, or maybe a model or just an ordinary pose. I want you to find the flow of that, of that body pose, outline it, and slowly build around it using boxes and shapes and connection lines like I had shown you in order to slowly build up your pose. Before outlining it again in a basic outline and doing your clean up and create your final images. Once you've done that, take a picture and upload it to the project and resources so I can see what you guys have come up with and leave a comment to help you improve it even better. 6. Outro: I hope this tutorial has been useful in understanding better how to draw bodies and the flow of bodies. And just really getting down to the basics. Don't be afraid to upload your work. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with and can't wait to see how you guys improve. And I'll talk to you guys soon. Bye.