For this class I’ve become a peer buddy for a student in class 1. I sent her an email with my general advice when doing pose assignments and thought I would post it here.
1. Use references. I like to spend a bit of time and download about 20 pictures and sketch each one. If you have that kind of variety in research you’re basically learning how the body moves and reacts in real life, rather than just what you think it might be doing.
2. gettyimages.com is a pretty good resource, I definitely found it more useful that google images. Only downside is a lot of the poses feel unnatural.
3. Use thesaurus.com. Using different words with similar meanings when searching will garner different images.
4. Start with the line of action first and then start laying body parts over that.
5. Watch this Keith Lango tutorial on posing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHvQIMBjB78
6. Walt Stanchfield’s book is also a great read if you’re interested in getting poses nailed on paper: http://www.amazon.com/Drawn-Life-Classes-Stanchfield-Lectures/dp/0240810961
7. If you make a camera, tear off a copy and then click Lighting > Turn Off All Lights, it gives you a great instant silhouette.