Stay sim­ple and ex­per­i­ment

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Us­ing the hu­man fig­ure as a start­ing point, try play­ing around with var­i­ous poses cropped off in dif­fer­ent ways. Draw small so you don’t get tied down in de­tails. The goal is to crank out a lot of thumb­nails in a short amount of time. You can get pose in­spi­ra­tion from ref­er­ence im­age sites, photo shoots with friends and of course the trusty old mir­ror.

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Draw shapes on dif­fer­ent lay­ers so you can move and scale them. Save a JPG ev­ery time you make a no­tice­able change, then look at all your images to see what stands out. Pay at­ten­tion to where shapes point, what’s at the cen­tre of your cir­cles, and what the place­ment of your shapes em­pha­sises. Di­rect the eye. Keep ex­per­i­ment­ing. Make lots of pots!

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Like the fig­ures and shapes, keep your colour pal­ette sim­ple. You don’t have to use white for the skin (em­u­lat­ing Nagel), but try mak­ing things as com­po­si­tion­ally ex­cit­ing as pos­si­ble with seven colours or less. Use con­trast to draw at­ten­tion where you want it. Match­ing hues on the fig­ure to those on the back­ground can help make the two feel har­mo­nious.

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