Why it works : Recliners are luxurious and relaxing. The figure is either just settling down or in the process of getting up. The viewer is given the impression of someone sprawled out on a bed, couch, beach blanket or whatever. It’s a somewhat vulnerable moment you don’t typically get to witness unless the subject is incredibly comfortable. It could also be interpreted as a prelude to intimacy, and the perfect opportunity to draw a coy or “come hither” expression.
Why it works : This is a confident, powerful stance. “I am woman, hear me roar!”
Interesting note about the arms : This is an opportunity to show off your foreshortening abilities by not making perfect, repetitive clones of each arm. Since they’re angled out and away from the body, but also going backward, we will see one more in profile and one more dramatically foreshortened at this 3/4 viewing angle.
Why it works : These are, for the most part, guarded positions. Depending on how high the shoulders and hands are raised, they serve either to obscure or frame the bosom. Models with pendulous, u-shaped breasts will often hoist them up in such a fashion to de-emphasize the drooping effects of gravity, or any cosmetic scarring on the undersides (obviously not a concern in the pinup world).
What’s important : Bosom heaves and is squashed. One or both arms make contact with the ribcage and each other. Particular attention is to be paid to overlaps. Flesh is pinched in and pooched out at all contact points, particularly with a voluptuous model.
Mood Implications : Different postures, head positions and facial expressions accompanying these actions indicate different emotional states — pride, indigence, squeamishness, shyness, boredom, patience or impatience.
When a model isn’t present to capture a gesture from, and we don’t have the clearest mental image or intent, how can we go about drawing a girl from scratch? Babe Lab would like to suggest a logical sequence of invention.
In a previous tutorial, a proportional tool was introduced : two crosshairs (indicating the direction of the neck root and the thigh root) connected by a bent, bisected wire represent the torso. We can see this tool in white above (image 1).
For complete tutorial, go here: http://www.babelab.blogspot.com/2012/02/sequence-of-invention-magic-bean.html
Boob Physics 101 by BabeLab