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How to Draw Full-Body Poses (Females)

teacher avatar Lara Militaru, Digital Illustrator & Coach

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Shapes and Line of Action


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Archer Pose Drawing Process


    • 5.

      Standing Pose Drawing Process


    • 6.

      Dancer Pose Drawing Process


    • 7.



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About This Class

Have you ever tried to hide the fact that you don't know how to draw full-bodies by only drawing faces? Well that stops today, because we will dive in a class that has everything you need to tackle drawing full body poses!

In this class, you will learn how to study references, how to break them down into easy shapes, you will learn basic proportions and line of action.

Compared to the previous classes, in this one you can ACTUALLY download for free the brushes that I am using the most, and you can find them in the resources below! The lineart brush has been especially requested by a lot of you!

You can watch this tutorial and draw along with me, or you can watch it first, understand what I am doing, and then apply it for yourself. Whichever way you choose, I definitely recommend you try it yourself so that you will actually experience what I am showing you. The more you try doing it on your own, the better you will get every day!

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Lara Militaru

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1. Intro: Hello guys and welcome to my class on how to draw full body poses. In this class, he will learn how to study references, how to break them down into easy shapes. And you will learn basic proportions and its line of action compared to the previous classes. In this one, you can actually download for free the brushes that I'm using the most. And you can find them in the resources section below. The line art brush that I'm using has been especially requested by a lot of you. You can watch this tutorial and draw along with me. Or you can watch it first, understand what I'm doing and then applied for yourself whichever way you choose, I definitely recommend you try it yourself so that you will actually experience what I'm showing you. The more you try doing it on your own, the better you will get every day. Now for your assignment, I would like you to draw one of the poses that I provide in the resources section or find one that you like more and submit your drawing and your reference in the project section. It's as easy as that. I would also appreciate if you follow me on Skillshare is I'm posting monthly extensive tutorials on digital art and procreate. If you don't want to miss out on anything, click the follow button. I would also like to be more active with my followers and show you more progress shots of the next tutorials. Discuss with you what the next one will be about and so on. Right now, I'm only doing that on my Instagram. And if you'd like to follow me, this is my handle. And we'll see you guys on the first lesson. Don't forget to bring snacks and let's get goes the end, draw. 2. Shapes and Line of Action: Hello guys and welcome to the first part of the health draw full body female characters. The first thing that I will recommend anyone who wants to draw full body characters is to exercise as much as possible withdrawing from figure references. And preferably if you are a beginner tried to start with Mogul step, aren't wearing bulky clothes so that you can actually see all the joints and septal lines of the body. Let's take a first set of references and tried to break down what we see because drawing for the first time of Chrome references can be intimidating. Let's start with the reference on the right. As I said, if you are a beginner, you might be tempted to draw the clothes that the model is worrying and your anatomy might be off, but the number to list, let me show you what I see when I pick a reference. Let me find a decent color to use overdue picture. All right, so the posing itself is nothing difficult, especially since the hands are hidden behind her back. And that saves a lot of the trouble of drawing hands. But really now we also need to practice that. So the secrets of drawing phos is fastest to train your eyes and finds the shapes that are making up the body. That easier to shapes you can find the bitter if you break down the body and simple shapes tried to respect the post as much as possible. For instance, we will take into consideration the tilt of the head and the straight shoulders line. For the chest. I will try to make something that looks like breastplate. But in my own work I usually use an upside down triangle or a trapeze. I'm right now trying to also show you a more detailed version of the way I work. All the joints are regularly marked simply with circles which should then connect with simple lines like a stigma that has joints. One thing to take note of, but we will also talk about this in the proportions listening later. But this is the perfect visual example. The elbows over here are supposed to be on the same line as the belly button. So if you are ever unsure how long to make the arms measure the distance between the shoulder and the belly button. And that's the same link that you should have from the shoulder to the elbow. And then from the elbow to the wrist. You will see it exemplified in the first poses well, which is in the Lesson 4. For the hips, we will use this shape that looks like underwear. But again, you can use any other shape that is more comfortable with you. I'm assuming this shape will help beginners understand where the legs will start from as well. Again, we will mark the needs with two circles before we actually draw the leg. Finally, you simply need to connect all the shapes. For the feet. Tried to use some simple shapes as well. That wraps up the first bows. It isn't that difficult, was it? Now let's go to a slightly more difficult one. This one is more difficult because it is not facing the viewer entirely and it has a very evident to gesture. So let's try to break down dispose. And to do that, we will start with the line of action. The line of action is the longest cursive line that cure pose creates. This pose has a slight curve as if the girl is leaning her upper body back and extending her leg forward. As an artist, your job is not to get every muscle perfectly, but to communicate to this gesture, this line of action, which is why you need to be able to tell what the line of action is before you start drawing. Moving on in this kind of both, It's important to understand what is in front and what is in the back. For instance, on the shoulders line, her left shoulder is in the front. Then the chest is in the mid ground and her right shoulder is behind, so it won't be entirely visible. Similarly, we have her left elbow and forearm. Given her lift arms position, it will be useful to think that the forearm is the object in the front, while the upper arm is behind, somewhere behind her belt is her belly button. So remember what I said earlier that if she had her arms hanging around her body, the elbows would be on the same line as the belly button now for the hip. So just like with the chest as a part of the hip will be hidden. So it's important to capture this relation. Draw it with easy shapes, just like I'm showing you here. For drawing the legs. It comes with experience to get all the curves right since the Mondelez wearing clothes. So once again, I recommend you look for models with thin clothing or none at all. This is a great example of a model with thin clothing that can help you understand the shapes better. This reference is from an account that both regular poses on both Instagram and divine third, and it's called a dork com. I will also link their profiles in the about section of this class because they will be really useful for your studying. Start by finding the line of action of the pose and then start identifying the shapes. This is a pretty simple pose, but to the position of the hands might have some people scared. But it's not deal because we are doing this together. We quickly than the fight the shapes and basic proportions for the upper body. We need to take care of the hands now and then most of the drawing gives us get this done. Don't worry, because we will dive deep into disposal later on where we will draw it fully. After we finish this pose, we have another free dynamic poses that we will break down in shapes and line of actions. When drawing calls, it might be a nice trick for your hand to draw the exterior lines from top to bottom, and then the interior from bottom to top. It usually helps me to get that nice form of the muscle if my hand is relaxed when drawing these lines. So these are the sketches that we made in order to understand how the poses are supposed to be drawn. As you can see, they are much easier to understand now. And because we follow the line of action, they don't feel stiff at all. Of course they are not refined and you shouldn't use this marks to create a new drawing. Instead, if you really want to challenge yourself, you will put this breakdown away, open a new canvas and weak your reference next to you. You will draw everything again on the black canvas. Again, no worries as we will do this step late there together. Now for our second set of references, I chose more dynamic poses for us to break down. So let's jump right into it. We will of course, start with the line of action which goes from her tills to her head. I would be tempted to save that. Her hand contributes to the line of action, but it goes straight up, whereas the rest of her pose is slightly curved. One thing that I want to point out over here is that indisposed her left hand is intersecting her other arm, which creates a tangent. In illustrations, you will typically try to avoid this accidental tangents. And you should try to make your shapes leave the eye of the viewer in a specific direction. Tangents aren't really doing that. They are simply cutting the movement. To be more specific. Tangents are any two lines that's thought to each other in a way that creates a spatial ambiguity. Most of the times, if you are not careful, they tend to ruin a good composition as it is doing here. Now let's move to another adorn car reference for the worksheet seems to be an archer. Let's find the line of action first. You might be tempted to say it's the arms, but it's infected body. Also, this is a very good way of practicing the proportions of the arms, as you will see light there, one way will completely draw this bows. We have some foreshortening of the left leg right here, where we will need to make it look like the cough is still attached to the rest of the body. But let's not worry about that right now because we will draw it later. The rest of the pose is quite easy after you break it down. So let's jump into the final one. I love this pose because it's so flowing, so dynamic. And it also has some really nice places where you need to place a part of the body in front of the rest. So let's dive in. The line of action is obvious in this one. So let's start by drawing the chest and the hips. The hips are at the eye level in this picture, so we will look at the upper body from below. This is important to remember when detailing this illustration. Be careful when drawing the waste as it has a small twist and it needs to be obvious that it goes on a plane that is behind the hips. So this is a bolted with the references so far, remember to always choose the references with the live clothing so that you can actually see the Bose. Always identify the line of action to avoid stiff drawings and then break down your pose into 3D shapes, then nothing will stand in your way. In the next lesson, we will discuss some basic proportions that you need to keep in mind whenever you are drawing. 3. Proportions: Welcome back to my class. In this lesson we discussed about proportions when drawing the female body. Has it ever happened to you to draw too long torsos or arms that are too long or links that are too long. And the whole drawing looked weird. It happened to me a lot, especially when I was drawing. Traditionally, I was drawing from only one position and the angle was showing off my eye bold proportions. So make sure to always check out the things that you will see in this lesson so you don't have to restart your drawing. You can check them multiple times while you are drawing so that you don't need to correct a lot of things when you're illustration is almost done. So you might have heard about this technique before, but it's still quite a common way of measuring how long a body should be. Generally, a female body can be measured as six or 6.5 heads, or even seven heads if that person is really thought. Having this in mind, here is the fastest sketch I made. The character that measures 6.5 heads. So the distance between the chin and the breasts should be the dimension of one head. Then the belly button will be in the middle of the first head, and the hips line will start between the third, fourth head. Don't forget that the elbows will be on the same line as the bellybutton, as mentioned in the previous lesson. The hands should end at around half of the dice. This proportions are not difficult to keep track of, and they will also be in the class handouts. I will see you in the next lesson where we will actually start to discuss about recreating some poses. You can draw along in those lessons or a watch and then try it for yourself. Either way, take a break and I will see you soon. 4. Archer Pose Drawing Process: Hey guys and welcome back. For our first those, we are going to draw the arrow girl in market fail and stylize it for an illustration. We won't cover anything in this class, but if you want to learn how to color, you can watch one of the other classes that I have on Skillshare is I teach my coloring method in every single one. We already made the breakdown of dispose earlier. So before we jump into sketch, I just wanted to know that I am now testing out my new brushes. Let's get garage a liner brush. And to run their brushes, you can download them for free in the resources section of this class, I encourage you to use them as you draw along with me. Now let's get started with a sketch. I'm sorry, it's not very visible on the recording for the first few lines, but it should be more visible in a moment for the arm. So I wanted to exemplify how you can make use of your digital tools in order to make sure you get the proportions. Just write, dropped the two circles connected by a stick that represents the upper arm and draw it next to the body so we can see that the elbow will end on the same line as the belly button. Then use your lasso tool and select this measure, this segment, and then rotated in the position that you'll need to 10 after death while still having gets select that copy and paste the segment on annuli are and as the forearm, copy and paste it two more times, n demote them in position for the second arm, and then merge the segments together. You now have the skill at them for your arms. As far the rest of the sketch, after you have to post laid down on the canvas, tried to find all the curves and small parts. Really pay attention to your reference and try to understand why you are drawing what you are drawing. Hi. Okay. Okay. Okay. When you are done with your sketch, I encourage you to use the liner brush from my package and pulling around with the pressure sensitivity. This is the brush that I use in all of my drawings for the line art. And it makes the process really enjoyable. If you like this brush set, let me know in the reviews and I will try to make more in the future. Try to draw along with me or draw your own poses and submit your work in the project section, you can watch all the classes that you want on drawing and art. But if you don't put in the work, you won't really see much progress and be accountable for your progress and submit, even want to sketch, people, feel really good to have it done. I will let you watch the rest of the video and I will check back in at the end for a short summary and the next formation of the composition and building dams to get more value out of this lesson. Okay? Okay. Happened. Hello. When? Okay guys, so our stylized Bose's done. We added some hair and we can accentuate the motion of this pose. Now, let me show you how this illustration reads. As we established in the beginning, the line of action is that of the body which we captured. Well in our illustration. Then we added the hair we chew leaves the eye upwards towards the character space. And this composition is completed by the characters left arm, which also leads back to the center point. Any drawing or illustration needs to have focused flying. And you as an artist, needs to help your viewer look into the right direction. Using a post for this is the best way that you can leave the island growing care versus your main focus. That's it for this lesson, I will see you in the next one. 5. Standing Pose Drawing Process: Hi guys and welcome back. Let me just blow out my reference for our second pose and then we can dive right in. For this pose, I will use a fast approach where I'm using triangles to shape the body, opposed to a more complex shapes that I showed you in the beginning. I'm using this simple shapes because I have some experience in drawing the body afterwards. If you feel more comfortable with using this fast method, I won't try to stop you. But if you feel like it's simplifying your posts too much, go back to the second lesson where I show you which shapes you should use. In my sketch. I'm trying to first get to the post, right? Then I will go back to every part of the sketch and make sure that I'm capturing the curves, the muscles, the joints, and so on. Okay. Also try finding a website that gives you multiple poses and that you can set a timer for each one. I used to do for the second sketches, at least ten of them in a row, no break renting. That basically means five minutes of your day. And it doesn't matter if they look bad or if you have a few incomplete ones. You will get used with the timer and you will try to capture the essential in your drawings. It really helps you a lot. Hi. And so on. Okay. Hello. Left and right. Space and time. Okay. So in your sketches, Dani, you can check your proportions by making the heads and on a new layer. And then if something is too long or too short, you can always use the liquify tool in Procreate Florian Photoshop to alter the proportions. That's why you have digital tools, so don't be afraid to use them. In Clip Studio Paint. You can use the mesh transformation, but since it's essentially a warp tool, you won't be able to have so much control over your transformation. And why. Now I will get started on the line art and will lead to see the rest of the process. I will see you on the next lesson. We'll write our final pose. All right? A. Okay. Sorry. Okay. Yeah. 6. Dancer Pose Drawing Process: Hey guys and welcome back to our final bonus. This time I chose a dancer and I really love this S-like pose. So I wanted to try it out for you. As always, start with the line of action to establish the fluidity that you'll need to follow when drawing. Then I start sketching the chest and the hips. And I slightly correct the midsection wind, which the Liquify tool. Okay. Then it's on to the drawing of the legs. But then, then C might be to Ellen Gates, the legacy no drawing because they seem really long in this picture. But you still need to respect the proportions that we talked about earlier. So I'm trying to be very careful with the legs and did not make them too long. The same thing applies for the arms. Don't make them too long. Suppose I showed you a trick for how to make sure that you get them just right. Once you make sure the limbs are at the right length, the rest of the pose is not really difficult, but I would love to see how you all tack live. I added some long flowy hair towards the end in order to further enhance the readability of the post and the overall composition and will lead to watch this one to the end. And I will check back in with the assignment. Happy drawing. Okay. And why? Okay. Okay. Right. Hi. Okay. The impact dreams. Okay. 7. Project: Congratulations on finalizing this class on how to draw full body poses. Now you shouldn't know my whole process, what brushes I use, how to study a reference, help break it down into simple steps and then draw it for yourself. You now also have the brushes that I use the most in my art flow, so nothing will stop you. Now for your assignment, I would like you to choose one of the references in this class, which you can also find in the Resources section and start studying the reference. Try sketching it and stylize it, then submit it in the project section of this class. I would love to help you out and point out what you did great and what you can work on some more. If you found this class useful in many ways, I would also really appreciate it if you follow me on Skillshare as I am hosting monthly sensitive tutorials on digital art and procreate. If you don't want to miss anything, click the follow button. I would also really appreciate that you took one minute of your time and leave a review. Tell me why do you think about this class of bulk my brush set and what you would expect in the future. Thank you so much for participating. I appreciate you and your time, and I will see you on the next tutorial. Bye guys.