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Dynamic Reference Photos?
ccs1989 at 4:22PM, March 7, 2007
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So I usually practice drawing in a sketch book by getting a picture and drawing it, but I've had a hard time finding any really cool dynamic photos to draw lately. So I thought that in this thread we could compile a little library of cool photos for people to draw for practice. Anyone got any they'd like to share? Stuff with people in motion but which aren't blurry are really good practice.
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Generic Human at 6:07PM, March 7, 2007
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I don't have any good pictures, but I love this idea! -grabs camera-
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reconjsh at 9:27AM, March 8, 2007
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GRABS Camera… I'll do the same.

Also, I own and HIGHLY recommend this book: Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses
found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1581807589/002-6806034-3169610

I got the book for about $15 bones. It has a total of around 1,000 reference pictures between the book and the included DVD, all in dynamic comic book poses. Use the amazon.com search-inside feature to check some of it out. It's a good supplement for my resource collection.

I also have these I draw from: Art S Buck Anatomical Figures. 12" tall with 30 points of articulation posable grey models. I have one male and one female.
found here: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Buck-Male-Anatomical-Figure/dp/B0006TUAJQ


Here's one example of how I use my little models. :)

It's a pose I drew from recently. I posed him in a zombie creeping pose and then snapped a digital picture with him in front of a few green folders I had lying around, put it on my PC, and used my Cintiq tablet to draw over him.

If I knew I'd be sharing it, I probably would have put more time into aligning the BG and doing a better job with lighting. Oh well, I don't really feel like reshooting it. =P




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ccs1989 at 6:35PM, March 8, 2007
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Thanks for the link to that book. I'll probably buy it and start practicing out of it. Then I won't need to worry about endlessly surfing the net the look for stuff.
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reconjsh at 7:16PM, March 8, 2007
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If you wanna check out more pictures than what are available for preview on Amazon, I'd be glad to show you some from mine.

This thread is a good idea though… I'll still post some pics up.
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 6:08AM, March 9, 2007
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mountain dew, eh, reconjsh? hehehe!
I've looked at that book before, it was cool! (it had some pictures that made me embarrassed for the models– mainly the “pretending to fly” ones… hehehe!!!) I almost bought it, but I was feeling cheap T_T!
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mlai at 2:17PM, March 9, 2007
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If you want a serious poser doll, get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Amazing-Spiderman-Points-Articulation/dp/B000EA4LY2

67 articulating joints. This is what I use.

That poses book looks really nice. Bargain for $15.

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reconjsh at 10:27PM, March 9, 2007
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kristen - Ya, there's certainly some silly poses… but hey, getting paid to look silly isn't something that would bother me, ya know? lol.

mlai - Wow, that's pretty pimp. These Art S Buck dolls are nice because they're neutral and also gendered, but I do have a very difficult time getting “extreme” poses… they're not quite fully bendable as a human is… or for that matter, like a comic book character is. I think I'm going to get that spidey so I can see my really twisted, hardcore comic poses better. Thanks a ton for that link.


And ya, that poses book I mentioned above really is a bargain at $15. You can't substitute drawing from real people… especially if those people have 4% body fat, a ripped body, sexy curves and the photographer knows how to work depth of field like a pimp gettin' his dolla's.

Anyways, anyone else got a good source for reference pictures? I shamelessly like to use lingerie websites because their curvy women are usually in some hyper-sexy, uncomfortable position. I draw the “cliche” comic book woman though, exaggerated-everything so this is probably only a good resource if you draw like that too. This is probably why I don't pencil my own characters for my comic - they're too “Mary Sue”. lol

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ozoneocean at 3:17AM, March 10, 2007
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Occasionally I go surfing for ref pics, on Google image search… I have a couple of gigs of pics of everything from the interiors of particular models of German WW2 tanks to camel footprints in sand.
Posed porn pics are marvellous for different aspects of the body! The trouble is that even though I've collected thousands of brilliant poses and body shapes and even organised them into folders based on their usefulness I never, ever use them! …I use a mirror instead for really tricky stuff…

I think the trouble is that once I see a pic or pose I just fix it in my memory for later. Saving and organising pics just helps with memorising. I hate working from photos. Even with the tank and camel foot pics I just look at them until I get a good enough memory of them to make my own versions.

Most of the people pose pics I have are of naked people, so not suitable for here… Pitty because you'd find them useful.
 
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reconjsh at 2:04PM, March 10, 2007
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I collect photos just like Double O.
I like weight lifting magazine/sites alot. Huge men and either huge women or ridiculously curvy women are abundant in these.
Exmaple: http://www.ironmanmagazine.com

Photography hosting sites are great for just about every reference need and there's always great dynamic photos because ameteur photoghraphers are always trying to keep their photos fresh.
Example: http://www.flickr.com

Lingerie sites are awesome for comic-esque women poses. They're almost always hyper-exagerated (and uncomfortable) and often women are in great costumes.
Example: http://www.threewisheslingerie.com
Here's a grat picture from this website:



Image searches for “High Fashion” often yield good results. The women are often comic-esque (though sometimes too thin) and their clothes make for excellent references for costumes, hair and/or fabric folds.
Example (Jessica Alba):




Finally, here's an example from the book I mentioned earlier:

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Eviltwinpixie at 6:00PM, March 10, 2007
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Yeah. *Ahem* I tend to get either laughed at or looked at weirdly whenever someone takes a look in my reference pics folder, but I find porn/naked pictures among the best there is for reference- you can see how the body looks/moved without clothes to cover up the details and get in the way. I actually find suicidegirls a good resource for my pin-up type pics, as the girls tend to be curvy and in interesting/dynamic poses.
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ccs1989 at 11:30AM, March 11, 2007
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The pic from the books looks pretty good. I actually bought it a couple of minutes after I posted here. I love Amazon.com.

Anyway I don't really want to draw women with hyper-exaggerated anamtomy who look anorexic. That's always been something I've found problematic in comics, especially with artists like Greg Land. They always draw the women hyper-exaggerated with that same stupid photo-pose expression on their faces. So I'm hoping to get to get pictures of women that are a little bit more reaslitic. Hopefully that book will supply me with some.
http://ccs1989.deviantart.com

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reconjsh at 7:33PM, March 11, 2007
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Ya, in the book there's 2 women. The first is dominican and is tall and curvy… and has a good amount of meat on her. The second is asian and is short and very curvy… and I personally thought too heavy and short for comic book drawing… but that's just me. She's by no means fat or anything.

They're both absolutly great looking women and if you want a “real” woman to draw from, you definitely won't be disapointed.

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ccs1989 at 2:39PM, March 13, 2007
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Alright I got the book today. It should be pretty useful, especially just to get a handle on anatomy. I'm going to start practicing from it.
http://ccs1989.deviantart.com

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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WingNut at 1:13AM, March 14, 2007
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Yeah, I have that book too, tis a fine tome, especially for things that you wouldn't think of. All of the pictures can be adapted to suit your needs, and the photo CD is AWESOME for accessories like guns and environments that you may not be used to drawing.

I'd recommend it, I have it, and have been getting lots of use from it.

-W
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Eviltwinpixie at 3:46PM, March 14, 2007
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I want the book AND the mannequins. But I am having to save up for plane tickets for when they finally let me leave this country, and I won't have any new money until they finally let me get a job.

Immigration sucks. ;)

Maybe my husband would buy me them for my birthday next month… ^_^
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