Day 28 // How to Draw a Sleeping Pose
We’ve made it to the very last lesson in People Skills! I’m sure at this point you’re a bit weary and ready to do the action you are about to be drawing…sleeping! This lesson is all about understanding the position of the body when it is lying down. You don’t need to stick to studying sleeping people; any lying-down pose will help you learn. When someone is sleeping the body is, obviously, very relaxed, but pay attention to what thearms and legs are doing, as well as the head!
If you wish skip ahead to the LEAPING poses section, go to 33:42 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 Sleeping poses
These are the observations I made when studying people in a sleeping 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 sleeping poses freehand.
People are mostly upright
At least one of the feet needs to feel grounded – look for the body’s center of balance
Each foot pointing in a different direction
If one side of the hip is up, the body weight is on that leg
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, sleeping. 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 sleeping pose
- You will make essential observations about how to depict someone sleeping
- You will create a “Page of Poses,” a library of ideas you can reference whenever you need to draw a person sleeping
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.