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Learning to See - A Tutorial by SenshiStock Learning to See - A Tutorial by SenshiStock
I can't even remember when I started this. It was a long time ago, at least three years. Originally I wanted to include it with the Best of SenshiStock book but I never developed it as much as I wanted to for the book. Instead of keeping it unfinished forever on my harddrive where no one would see it, I finally just decided to upload it here. It's really incomplete but I hope the basic stuff I talk about will be helpful.

The initial pose used is Sailor Pose 51 by SenshiStock

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards can be found at DrawRight.com. (It's a great book, really amazing.)

I really hope that some of you get a lot of use from this! :heart: Huge image is huge.

You can use other techniques in combination with this one (like using balls and boxes for different parts of the body). Use all the tools available to you to make the best art you can make!

Want more tutorials like this one? Start here: whitetrashpalace.deviantart.co…

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Learning to See - A Tutorial by *SenshiStock Suggesters Words: This tutorial explains a fundamental aspect of improving one's art: learning to "see" like an artist. I think too often, these basic skills are overlooked when they can prove so beneficial if practiced. Not only does SenshiStock's advice in this tutorial take the intimidation out of figure drawing, but it teaches artists how to give those drawings "life." ( Suggested by Muirin007 and Featured by shelldevil )
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The-lost-kuchiki Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG! I started reading a month ago, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and I was surprised that this tutorial will focus on the way they look like an artist! Thank you for this! And yeah, the book is so amazing, i was shocked of the improved you get reading the book and practice the exercises.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it really is a great study!!
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FireGoddess122 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist
This is by far one of the best explanations of drawings the basics that I've ever seen!
Thank you so much, and I will certainly use this to the best of my ability!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
happy drawing!
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eowynceleste Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great i used to get the images gesture and line placements right. then i went to pyjama-cake here pyjama-cake.deviantart.com/art… to roughly shape out the bust and hips i went to rika-dono here eowynceleste.deviantart.com/ar… of roughly sketching out the body around the lines and what not. i had the worst anatomy in the past and  my art was so stiff it was ridiculous. now with everyone’s help though the anatomy needs work i can tell i found a way to draw art that’s more 'realistic' thank you so much.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That's great! I hope you have lots of fun with your new technique :D
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eowynceleste Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
im sure i will hank you for all the wonderful stock you all provide
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King-Author Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is credit to team.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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FauzihAckerman Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
magnificent the tutorials is help me a lotClap Clap Clap Heart Heart 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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FauzihAckerman Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clap Clap +fav +fav +fav Heart #1 
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Equinox-42 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Very helpful ^-^ *fave*
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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EgyArt18 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2015  Student Filmographer
Really Inspiring Lessons. You make a really good teacher :)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it's helpful!
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Iwasalittleking Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Great-o!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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RavensSpell Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!! Thank you for this!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Preach girl!
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MisfitedArtist Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really Helpful, Thanks so much :)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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PandaIlustra Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This will help a lot, solving some questions that I have!

Thanks for share! <3
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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tolkienandtea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. I've been doing anatomy for a while now but this is truly a FANTASTIC tutorial. It's so helpful and even walks you through the steps while also giving you some extra practise! Well done! :happybounce: 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's great!! Glad it looks helpful :D
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KitKatTicTac Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
My God. I never realized it was this easy. Thank you so, so, so, so much!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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DerekB9Aura Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm currently attempting to draw the line of action based on the poses in this tutorial by looking at them (or more accurately, striving to see them through the artist's eye) from my laptop screen. It does hinder me somewhat because 1) I don't have an image printed out so that it's next to the paper and 2) Because of #1, it means I can't make efficient use of a straight edge to plot out the tilting lines in the gesture.

Other than that, this tutorial looks like it'll come in handy for me.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If you can't print them out you should still be able to get the angle using a straightedge, but it might be a but more of a challenge to transfer it :D
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Chocolate3407 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
This is extremely useful! I have been your watcher for awhile even I have not used the reference yet as I just get a feeling it will be useful one day. Now I go back full speed on drawing and reading this is just a nice step to begin with! Thanks for putting effort on creating this! It really helps!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Have fun drawing!! :highfive:
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dinaminzer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
But your Twitter's link seems to carry one to other person. ^^;
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, I posted this before I made a seperate twitter for the stock. I am both sailorastera and SenshiStock on twitter :D I updated the info to include  both now :3 
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dinaminzer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, i understand now. :nod:
Of course, i'll use your second, all right? ^^;
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure haha the personal one is mostly Sailormoon :P
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dinaminzer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ready, i follow you now. :thanks:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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dinaminzer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:D
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DeepDream-21 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is a really interesting way to do it :) I will try it this way. I really think figures will look more vibrant if that will be considered.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i hope it helps!!
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Hopfield Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant!  I've been retraining myself since getting Andrew Loomis' 'Figure Drawing for All It's Worth' for Christmas.  Completely changed the way I think about drawing figures, and his method is essentially the one you describe starting with gestures, then stick men, then adding a pelvis and chest box and so on.  You'll think I'm just making this up, but I've been using the gold standard figure reference text (Senshistock to Go) and working through it a page at a time using the new method.  In fact, I'm going to scan some and upload them so you'll believe me.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's awesome! I can't wait to see! :eager:
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Hopfield Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Scanned, annotated and uploaded to show you what a huge help the book has been! fav.me/d7hecas
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HoneyWolfRin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Wow! A really really helpful and well-put together tutorial! And some great poses, too! It's wonderful that you feel confident enough to post your body as pose pics,  a lot of people seem insecure about their bodies, but dear you've got no reason to be insecure!! Thanks for the tutorial!  
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it's helpful!!
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aliceeatme Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Thank you so much. This is the best drawing tutorial I've come across. My stick people actually look all artsy and fancy and stuff as opposed to looking like stick insects. Or cartoons. I always make them cartoons. It's my way of crumpling failed origami into a paper ball. 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome xD I hope it helps :3
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