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First off, you are amazing!!!! I can't wait for Lumberjanes! My question is how do I get better at drawing people? I've done a lot of life drawing before, but I can never get away from just drawing people realistically? I love how you show every gesture in such simple linework, but everytime I do it it just looks like a mess :( It's my New Years resolution to get better at/ do more sketching, it's just a painfully slow process, especially when looking at amazing work like yours! Any tips??
GESTURE DRAWINGS!! Well, life drawing in general, but I personally think gesture drawings are particularly excellent for cartoonists. It teaches you to capture the motion and the flow of a body in just a few quick strokes. These are some of mine from freshman year:
See, nothing fancy. I don’t think any of these were more than a few minutes - in fact I’m pretty sure all of these were 1-minute gestures, but I don’t remember.
These were from nude models, which not everyone has access to, but if you do, take advantage of it! You can also draw friends or strangers in public - I’m fond of drawing strangers as they walk past because you have to capture them so quickly in your drawing. Or you can draw from photos, although I find it harder to get a sense of mass that way.
Basically the only way to get better is to keep drawing people as often as you can. Don’t worry about drawing them in a “style” - that comes later. Your style is just the natural way you make marks on a page and the more you draw, the more you’ll build your own visual vocabulary.