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STEP 1. Everyone knows how to draw a stick figure. The truth is, it's also the starting step to drawing poses. It's an easy tool to use when you're trying to create a pose for your pictures once you know how to manipulate the limbs of your stick figure you'll be able to make some nice poses.   STEP 2. In order for you to be able to understand how to pose your stick figure to help you with drawing poses, you have to understand how your different joints work.I have three types that I'll need you to know. There is 1, the ball and socket join. This is the type of join that is in your shoulder and your hips. It allows your limbs to move more freely from the base. 2 is the hinge joint, like in your knees and elbows. They only move open and close like the hinge on a door. Then we have 3, the saddle joint. This is the type of joint you have in your wrist, ankle, toes and fingers. with saddle joints, the bones are sitting on top of each other and can move a little more freely than hinge joints but not nearly as freely as ball and socket joints.   STEP 3. Now that you know how joints work, I'll show you how to make the poses look a little more dynamic but changing the angle that you're looking on at. If you're looking slightly from the side and use perspecitve on your character, you can bring out the character's personality a bit more and even express things with body language a bit better than if you were looking straight on at someone. In order to incorperate this into your stick figure, we'll use the 'I' frame where the top of the I will be the line for the shoulders and the bottom with be the line for the hips. Now if you're looking at someone from the side you wont be able to see much line at all. If you're looking at them only a little from the side, the side of the I closest to you will be shorter, and on the other side you'll be able to see more of it. When you're looking straight on from the front, both sides will be even.   STEP 4. Now that we got my little tips out of the way, I'll guide you through a pose. Since it's so cold out right now, we'll do a nice warm picture, a girl at the beach with an inner tube. We'll start with the frame for the body, using an 'I' frame for the torso. We'll have her slightly facing away, so you can see that one side of the I isn't as long as the other. We'll also do the cross lines for the face layout too.   STEP 5. Next we'll draw out the face, face shape, neck and shoulders. Notice how one shoulder sticks out, where as the other it looks like you're almost looking at it straight on from the side. This is how you apply perspective onto your character's pose, by changing the angle and distance that they are from where you are looking.   STEP 6. Now we'll draw out the rest of her torso, her arms and we'll give her something to wear too. The arms will over lap because one is, once again, more forward than the other and is closer to the viewer.   STEP 7. Next we'll give her a cute hair do.   STEP 8. Then we'll add some detail lines to the hair as well as a little barrette for an accessory.   STEP 9. Lastly, we'll draw out the tube and her legs. We'll also be looking at the tube somewhat from the side so we have to make sure that it doesn't look like we're looking at it from the front so we'll put it as an angle and make the opposite side stick out further and also somewhat shorter since it is further away.   STEP 10. And there you have it. A cute little bikini girl with a cute pose and an inner tube. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and I can't wait to see how yours comes out!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10.