Guys, my 30 second poses are crap. Is this not suggested for a beginner? I feel like I'm learning mistakes because I don't know anything about the human body but then I'm trying to rush to jot down something. My studies look NOTHING like human figures, ahaha.. Is it probably better to spend my time with longer poses until I'm less of a beginner?
Line of Action and Proportion are important get those first, details last; develop the big picture and then refine.
Here a a page from Preston Blair showing line of action and gesture. While it is a cartoon the same idea applies to a realistic human figure.
Every drawing starts with a 30 second gesture...actually it starts with the first stroke. It's sort of a waste of time to 1) do a bunch of 30 second gestures when you don't know or understand what they are for, how they relate or how to capture the gesture, and 2) do a bunch of long pose studies for the very same reasons.
I would recommend doing a few gesture studies of the same pose and then develop the one that feels best into a longer study - that is basically what drawing is about (as illustrated by dpaint's Preston Blair post). This will allow you to understand the connections between the two things better and improve both by understanding their relationship to each other.
The point of croquis is to develop the sensibility for abstract, to capture the essence and will largely (if not completely) determine your creative development once you overgrow and abandon the academic form.
As such it's probably the single most important item in the artistic education of an individual and it'd be a shame to deprive yourself of yourself, so to speak, by abandoning it.
Last edited by Cola73; October 28th, 2012 at 08:14 AM.
Draw small stick figures and then fill them out. You'll get quicker and bigger with time, so don't worry.