Step-by-step: Paint a character in a predicament
1Boxes for torso and hips establish the gesture and rough proportions. This gesture includes a nice twist in the torso, between the hips and the mass of the chest. Although the pelvis and ribcage don’t bend, don’t forget to keep these forms quite flexible, because they represent the masses of the body, not the bones.
2Now for the anatomy and detailing. Reduce the opacity of the box forms and draw straight over the top. Always try the pose yourself and imagine yourself in that position. What attitude does the pose suggest? Would legs turn inwards or out? The more you inhabit your character, the more dynamic your gestures will be.
3Fill the area under the lines to give a silhouette as a base layer, then paint flat colours on top of this base. Try to be delicate and use smaller jumps in value than you’d imagine. Subtle changes in value, hue or saturation can add a nice colour vibration, as you can see in the blue-ish highlights on the top of his jumper.