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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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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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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it's helpful!
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:iconiwasalittleking:
Iwasalittleking Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Great-o!
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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:iconravensspell:
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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:iconlenlenlen1:
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Preach girl!
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:iconmisfitedartist:
MisfitedArtist Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really Helpful, Thanks so much :)
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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:iconpandailustra:
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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:icontolkienandtea:
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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:icondinaminzer:
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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:iconsenshistock:
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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:icondinaminzer:
dinaminzer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ready, i follow you now. :thanks:
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:iconsenshistock:
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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d2mcatee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
This is such a great reference. Thank you so much!
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it looks helpful! :D
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Silent-Etiquette Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thank you sooo much for this!! Thorough AND easy to follow!! My way of seeing things has improved overnight!! I appreciate your work! =] 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Happy drawing :D
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thad415p Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thank you! I'm constantly struggling with executing the line of action and building my pose onto it..This helps.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to hear it! :highfive:
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sherryXcherry Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
This is indeed very useful - thank you :). I usually tend to get lost in anatomical correctness and abandon the personality in a drawing :I. Looking at poses the way you described it is better :D
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
gesture can do a lot for the 'life' of a drawing :D
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OnliaFaze Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Thank you very much
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :D
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LonelySorceress Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Photographer
As someone who has just recently decided they would like to learn to draw, this has to be THE most useful piece of information I have ever come across. Thank you so much.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it looks helpful :D
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