Like anatomy? That's a start, but character comes from a deeper place than mathematical precision. The real story comes from expression. Whether it's body language or facial expressions, people are constantly communicating. If you neglect this aspect of personality when learning to draw people and characters, you might end up with 'lifeless' or 'plastic' results. This video introduces some good examples for study including my favorite: Glen Keane. Glen does not seem to have a personal website I can promote, though a quick google search will lead you to fan-collected images.

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In a previous video we talked about the simple stick figure for gesture drawing.  If you want to capture a little more information about the pose, my next step is usually to include a simplified head, torso, and pelvis.   When abstracting the body into simple shapes, there are many methods.  This one stands out, to me, because it emphasizes the twisting motion that captures heart of every pose.  In the past I said that the "S-curve" of the spine is essential, and the 3 major masses are simply an extension of that idea.

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