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Online Figure Drawing Aids

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 17, 2011, 7:45 PM
If you're like me, you might have gotten lazy when it comes to practicing figure drawing. Sometimes it's difficult to find decent photos to reference, to do gestures or otherwise, so it's easy to do a couple drawings for practice then throw in the towel.

Well, there are a number of sites out there that I've come across over the years that help with that sort of thing. They pull stock images and such from different sources and give you a randomizer and timer and other features, or show anatomical structures that you can manipulate. Below I'll list some of the ones I've come across that might help you. Some of them have the same images, so you can probably just pick a couple favorites.

Pose Maniacs

An oldie but goodie. I've used this site for ages and it's only gotten better. On it you'll find 3D models of poses that you can rotate around, and they all show the musculature. You can browse the poses, or use the random viewer, or the timed viewer that you can set yourself that randomizes the poses and lets you do quick gesture drawing.

Artsy Poses

A relatively new tool, this one is similar to Pose Maniacs in that it lets you browse the images and use a timed drawing tool, however it uses real models and has some other options. No rotation available on this one, but it boasts over 2000 images. Give it a shot. There is nudity on this site though, so it's NSFW, but you can browse only clothed models if you want.

Pixel Lovely

This one has less features than Artsy Poses, and it doesn't let you browse the images yourself, but it does have a "take a class" tool, and a random feature, so it's still worth checking out as it might have images the others don't. Also nudity here, but like Artsy Poses you can turn it off.

Love Castle Drawing Script

This one probably has the least amount of features of the bunch, but it still randomizes for you and lets you set a duration. It has nudity as well, but you can toggle it.

Anyway, I hope you get some use out of these and they help you with your work, take care!

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EricIndiana Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Thanks! Pose Maniacs is great. The only thing better would to be able to manipulate the joints, like extending arms, etc., but this site does have a lot of poses & I appreciate that they show the muscles under the skin.
heyitsp Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
have you heard of I' built it up myself after passing weeks on posemaniacs.
EverybodyKickSasuke Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student
The artsyposes website (which I liked very much and found useful, thank you!) seems to have disappeared or moved.
Do you have any idea what happened to it and if there is an alternative link for the site?
arianlot Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! you help me.
eukleyvcardoso Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks a lot for the links
Superbum Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, great links.
flashdraco Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sweet im using the top 3 now
Dale-Walters Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great suggestions man, thanks alot. gona spend my whole weekend figure drawing :D
Avender Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
bah! This is the best, thank you so much!
ange83 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing this.... I am a bit of a lazy artist myself and sometimes find it hard to find the right pose for my work, these might just be able to inspire me :p
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