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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…

Want to be able to work from more than one reference instead of just relying on finding 'the perfect pose'? Check out: The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth

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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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lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey there Sakky! I have found this tutorial to be one of the most helpful tools to share with people over the years, but I realized today that all of these references are human references!

Obviously that's because this particular tutorial is focused on the human form, but I was wondering if you would be alright if I made an animal version!
I'm not quite sure what kind of animal(s) I'd feature, and I would definitely give credit for the original idea/general formatting and procedure of things (since I'm new to the whole tutorial thing but also wanting to improve my game there) but I feel like due to the fundamental differences between humans and animals, having an animal edition might be really helpful for artists as well \o/

If you'd rather I didn't that's totally fine, I just figured that it would be a good idea to ask instead of just going on and doing my own thing regardless of how you might feel about it!

And regardless of your answer, thank you so much for sharing your resources for free for all this time! I love your pose refs so much >u<
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, all of these apply to everything! Even objects in a still life have gesture. These ideas are not my own - I've sourced them from many teachers over the years! Looking forward to see what you come up with :D
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CursedDragoness Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew I needed this. Thank you so much! <3
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy drawing!
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is a really great tutorial. I'm already drawing for a while but I'm kind of new to draw from real life humans so those poses were great for practise. ^^
Thank you very much.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
so happy you find it useful! Have fun :D
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I really do. ^^
Thank you. I will ~♥
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Zekyi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been most helpful! Thanks for this nice tutorial!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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NarutoPotter2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is verry hepfull. I don't usually have problems drawing the human anatomy (at least female bodyes, I still lack experience on general male body) but sometimes the poses look very stiff and/or plain. I'll use this tutorial along with your stocks in oreder to improve! Thanks :)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yay! Happy drawing!
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist
This is a really cool tutorial, learned a lot of this the hardway via life drawing.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yesss life drawing is the best way to learn this :'D
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist
Yes it is. I love it, so glad I'm sorta back in the habit of going regularly again.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I really should make time for that
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist
Indeed. IT is great fun, and a great way to meet other awesome artists.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS was the one. :p I found it and my procrastinating ass hasn't perused it again...
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a book on using reference for fantasy art that will probably say much the same, but I do wanna go over this again. If I recall it's like drawing stick figures over or from the reference? Maybe I'm mis-remembering. Actually in my drawing Gunny The Dollar Man 1:

Gunny The Dollar Man 1 by TheSkaldofNvrwinter

I partially drew over reference. The gun. That's probably why it looks so real. It probably doesn't HAVE to look that real, given the style, but I only know how to do one or two things: heave to the side of realism or not at all lol. I'm not sure I could draw a "cartoon gun" that would resemble a Colt Navy 1851 or whatever it is. The rest is heavily reference reliant. It's basically Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...lol. If you look at even my earlier Civil War drawings of the character the uniforms are pretty precise. I remember part of a Rocky and Bullwinkle story arc where Rocky and Bullwinkle--including the football team they were on--all dressed in Confederate garb, and the style was very simple. I don't seem to be able to do that. I look at it and it looks incomplete, raw. I guess it could be called semi-realism.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This tutorial is more about gesture which is the overarching movement of the pose and limbs, but it can be used in combination with other techniques like draw over skeletons/basic shapes to build up the form.

I have a hard time reconciling realistic references into a style sometimes - it's taken me a few years to kind of work out how much of the 'real' I need to use to make it make sense. Still a WIP for me, but anything technical like guns can be especially tricky to stylize. Like the human body, you have to be sort of familiar with the parts and what they do before you can exaggerate or manipulate them into something less realistic.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would totally agree lol.
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kondouyumi-tan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is so incredibly helpful! I am a fine arts major and feel like i'm having a lot of issues trying to reconcile my style, and also how to see. I think that this is a wonderful exercise, thank you! ♥
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay glad to hear it!
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dcofjapan Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen right side of the brain been mentioned in so many places. It must be really good. Which version is best? I see a lot of arguments on amazon about the new one. Thank you for the tutorial.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry I'm so late to reply to this! D:

I am actually not sure which version I have, I'd have to dig it out. I think I bought it sometime around 2003 though. So I'm sure it's an older one.
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dcofjapan Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
No problem I ended up getting "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" since the newest version had bad reviews.  I've already learned quite a bit about construction before even looking at it though through youtube vids. The best thing my art teacher never told me in highschool o_o. (or did and I totally missed it) Guess it excites me since it makes me think of 3d models>game dev stuff. Following this tutorial plus using construction I drew a figure drawing of the first picture on the tutorial pretty easily in pen :) I don't have a printer or I would scan it Q.Q. Then I drew the "perfect" horse after that while ignoring all of this and inked it then realized it had no neck hardly -_-
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xXTsumoriXx Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!! :D This is seriously going to help me! I've been having a lot of trouble lately with anatomy and how I've been so focused on "does it look right?" rather than "how does it look?", and now I know why and how to fix it!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy drawing :D
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oOCanaChanOo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW thank you so much it's really helpful!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy drawing!
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oOCanaChanOo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks haha!
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BlakkuHore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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yuhsaku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice guide!  :-)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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They-Call-Me-Oddy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! Very helpful.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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Ch1biKuro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
Okay I think I got.. draw draw draw draw.. Oh noes they turned into chibi's again! Dx
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
haha story of my life right now
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Ch1biKuro Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Why must art be so terribly difficult yet satisfying all the same >w< On another note, your bases are amazingly helpful and have tought me to be able to draw bodies with much ease. Not once had I thought of searching for human body poses for refference for drawing human bodies =w= All Iever looked for was skeliton refferences or wooden doll ones. None of which were easy to find.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you found it! I started originally doing this because I couldn't find the refs I needed :D
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Ch1biKuro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
 Ah I see, well thank you so very much ^^ This is going to make my life 100% easier fo sure! (well at least for art reasons x3)
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Sumi--Chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial, it helped cleared up some things in gestures ;v;
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yay! Happy drawing!
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Milliecipher Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I feel like I need this
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
sweet I hope it helps!
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LAdolphingirl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful and beautiful!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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Mikkie15 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student General Artist
this is very helpful :D
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