3 drawing exercises for animators. The power of a stickman
Designing a successful stickman. The purpose of mastering a stickman figure drawing is to capture the “motion”. If you're able to sketch a complex motion by using a simplified way of visualization, such as a stickman … you rock!

Designing a successful stickman. The purpose of mastering a stickman figure drawing is to capture the “motion”. If you're able to sketch a complex motion by using a simplified way of visualization, such as a stickman … you rock!

Exercise 1. Computer sitting posture. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios, while keeping the same body mechanics.

Exercise 1. Computer sitting posture. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios, while keeping the same body mechanics.

Exercise 2. Box Lift Postures. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios of lifting various boxes (objects) in terms of volume and mass.

Exercise 2. Box Lift Postures. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios of lifting various boxes (objects) in terms of volume and mass.

Exercise 3. Heavy Lift. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios of lifting various boxes (objects) in terms of large volume and increased mass.

Exercise 3. Heavy Lift. Exploration of multiple poses, in different scenarios of lifting various boxes (objects) in terms of large volume and increased mass.

3 drawing exercises for animators. The power of a stickman

It may sound like a paradox but the fact is, the better you’re able to sketch a stickman in motion, the more powerful your 3D animation will be. Why? Because you’re basically training your brain to simply “see” and to “understand” the motion itself, without any other distractions.

In this article, I want to show you how to use stickman drawing as a motion study practice, that will empower your animation skills. It's not about drawing skills or animation workflows, it's about the visual expression of the motion without actually creating any motion (animation)! It’s about capturing real physics required for a believable motion-sketch such as force, momentum, and gravity.

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