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Alex Gryson

An idea in the hand is worth ten in the head

UX Designer / Product Management

Bordeaux, France

Pose Reference

To improve figure drawing and sketching skills, drawing gesture sketches is a great technique. Here's a little tool I made over a weeked to show a slideshow of stock images to practice.

Warning: Depending on your slideshow choices, some of these images may be NSFW. Please use them as intended, a sketching reference.

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Trying to sketch human forms a bit more, I stumbled across artists.pixelovely.com's great tool for figure drawing. The idea is pretty simple: have a slideshow of appropriate subjects that changes often enough that you have enough time to get down the gesture and basic form but not enough to lose yourself in the details.

I loved the tool so much I wanted to have a go at doing the same thing with my own library of stock imagery (all of it properly cited), and maybe in the future building out the library a bit more. While mine is less feature rich, it does what I need it to. Being an experiment (and mainly for personal use), I haven't tested it in all browsers, but the current version of IE/FF/Chrome should be fine.