The Recliner - pose analysis (by BabeLabs)
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.
What’s important : Tactility! We are looking at a collection of forms (mainly) at rest, so there is resulting contact with herself and the surface she’s reclining on. Parts lie on top of each other, wrap around each other, smush together (B), get hooked on each other (C), etc. Also, if one arm is bracing her up, it should show a little hyper-extension at the elbow, and have a higher shoulder (A).
Watch out for… : extremely foreshortened, fully-reclined views that don’t create pleasing or readable silhouettes, extreme up-angles on faces that emphasize the chin and nostrils (not flattering). Plan your pose and camera angle accordingly!
Why it works : This is a confident, powerful stance. “I am woman, hear me roar!”
What’s important : Bosom heaves, butt goes up, shoulders are back and the hands are at rest on the hips, or otherwise hooked around the waist area. Weight is more evenly distributed than a contrapposto (though this can fluctuate) as the legs are further apart and pointed at opposing angles. Note that the knees are fairly locked, creating a stair-stepping effect. Since this is a fairly symmetrical pose (unless you cock the hip), it will help for the head to be facing in a different direction that the torso, and/or tilted at a different angle.
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.
Trouble spots you’ll encounter : Giving the hands something to do in a pose like this will be difficult unless you give your girl a prop — a flower, a hat, anything. The alternative is to have her grabbing her butt or twiddling her thumbs, which looks awkward in the above illustrations. A better solution would have been to have one hand grabbing firmly onto the fingers or wrist of the other. To accurately draw such a complex interplay would most certainly require the use of reference or a mirror.
Both Arms Crossed, One Arm Grip - pose analysis (by BabeLabs)
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
Hand/fACE cOMBOS BY Babe Lab