Day 26 // How to Draw a Running Pose
Things are moving along quickly now…today, we will be drawing people that are running! The running pose covneys a ton of movement, no surprise there. There are things you can change to make someone look like they are sprinting vs. jogging.
If you wish skip ahead to the RUNNING poses section, go to 25:14 in the video.
But be sure to watch the first 7 minutes of this video to learn how to create your skeletal structure.
Let's learn about running poses
These are the observations I made when studying people in a running pose. You can make these types of observations by completing the steps in today’s homework. These generalizations can help give you a foundation for drawing your own running poses freehand.
Both feet are never on the ground at the same time
Legs are pretty much always bent
Body leans forward to go faster
Arms out and bent and elbows – one arm forward and up and one arm back and down
Hands are engaged – splayed fingers or in fists
What else do you notice? Be sure to make your own observations as well!
Get some Reference Photos
Collect as many reference photos as possible of the particular action you are studying, in this case, running. I’ve provided the images I use in the tutorial below, along with some tips for finding your own.
Superimpose Skeletal Structure
Use Procreate to trace over the photos to create a posed skeletal structure. Repeat this for as many photos as possible. This process has three important benefits:
- You will become more familiar with how to set up the body in a running pose
- You will make essential observations about how to depict someone running
- You will create a “Page of Poses,” a library of ideas you can reference whenever you need to draw a person running
Page of Poses
Keep researching, observing and learning! I’ve made a Pinterest board full of additional resources to help you learn more about drawing bodies and poses.
This lesson is a part of a month-long series that will get you you familiar with the basics of drawing humans, and help you develop your own people-drawing style. To learn more, check out the People Skills Intro, or continue on to the next lesson below.