that's alright. try loosening your grip on the pencil ( or tablet pen ) and just fluidly moving it around to create the shapes of your drawing. don't focus too much on one area of your subject before getting the entire image down lightly and loosely. once you've visually put on paper basic shapes and composition of what you want, start refining the details.
One thing I think about is.. get into your characters head, and then stand in front of a mirror and try out some poses they might do.
If you're the shy kind (like myself) wait til no one is around. Then play pretend. And instead of thinking "ugh I look silly" Study your body for all the nuances. Like a shy character might hunch their shoulders and fold their arms, but a loud character would stand in a much more confident open way. A character artist is just an actor in paper after all.
Also study the body language of characters in films, (less animation as it's also a drawing) and watch how different character types act and react with body language.
Not every person when standing still holds their body the same, I know I have a tendency to lean more on one leg. Watch you family and friends when they're just standing too, what way do they stand? Or walk or move their hands when talking (or not).
This observation thing gets addictive, but it also really helps make characters more alive in simple ways. You don't need grand gestures to make an excellent drawing.
That's actually such a GREAT idea... I've never thought about posing how my characters would pose! You are awesome! I'm definitely going to try this out. I have long wardrobe mirrors in my bedroom, so I can see my whole body which would be great C: I should try all these things, thanks a lot for being so helpful
The hardest thing for me is hands because if I want to draw a left hand I can draw and look, but a right hand I have to get a photo taken. I keep approaching my family going "can I take a photo of your hands" or "can you take photos of my hands" XD
There's great stock on dA and that but I just find taking my own photos, or using a mirror, means I can pose exactly how I want it in my head.
I would recommend looking for more dynamic poses to practice. Look up "pixel lovely figure drawing" that should help. Also maybe try drawing sports like dancers etc. Doing some action panels could also help good luck
Your poses are pretty stiff. I'd suggest looking into dance, acrobatics, and fashion modeling, all of which will be good for dynamic poses. Get some pictures, put them up, and trace the lines of movement and the bones to get a feel for the way we move.
One thing that people often overlook, but that is huge as far as the way we read characters (and people) is the stiffness of the spine. Straight up and down is unnatural, and looks posed and formal. The more cure you put in the spine, the more personality you will show. Really work on doing doodles and sketches using a dynamic curved line for the spine.
Remember when the spine curves, you also have to reposition the legs and arms to balance. Another thing about your people is that they are standing rooted on both feet evenly- very stable but not dynamic. Most people favor one leg or the other when they stand, and will bend and rest the other leg. The position of the legs also changes how the character reads, be mindful of leg position and weight when you look at poses.
Another good resource are courses on animation. Find one that shows your really well the steps in basic animation- say a walk sequence. Good animation will show action in every frame through body position as well as the movement and weight of the fabric, hair, etc.
Wow thanks for the thoughtful reply! You've said some really helpful stuff In the future, i'll play around with different stances when people are standing still You've made me think that sometimes I forget about the personality of the character when i do the pose, and simply do it that way because it 'looks cool' ... I gotta not do that really! Your reply really helped me a lot! thanks for being fantastic I did make some sketch yesterday of some woman where I tried to curve her whole body, legs, arms, spine, head, everything, but something about it still looks stiff and a bit off. I'll have another look at it later though
you should try studying about motion blur and depth of field, also try studying from films, from an action movie or war movie try making a screenshot of a scene where a character is in a very dynamic-almost-unrealistic pose, then draw a skeleton over it (by that I mean, the usual stick figure or mannequin you use to sketch characters). do this a couple hundred times (okay, not a hundred but a few) after a while you'll start to get an understanding (if you play attention) on how to do more dynamic poses