Day 24 // How to Draw a Sitting Pose
Today our People Skills pose practice focuses on drawing someone in a seated position. A sitting pose may seem straightforward enough, but there may be more than meets the eye. Which way should the legs bend, and how far? What direction should the feet be pointing? And where the heck should you put the arms and hands? The more you study references, the more you will understand how to draw a sitting person.
If you wish skip ahead to the SITTING poses section, go to 16:20 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 Sitting poses
These are the observations I made when studying people in a sitting 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 sitting poses freehand.
Torso needs to be grounded
Legs are bent
Hip and knee joint are stacked in front view, creating foreshortening
Each foot is pointing in a different direction
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, sitting. I’ve provided the images I use in the tutorial below, along with some tips for finding your own.
Superimpose Skeletal Structure
- You will become more familiar with how to set up the body in a sitting pose
- You will make essential observations about how to depict someone sitting
- You will create a “Page of Poses,” a library of ideas you can reference whenever you need to draw a person sitting
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.