How do you draw people "making love."

#1United_WorldPosted 2/22/2012 6:39:59 PM
I trust that we can be mature about this, but I'm drawing a comic for the most part. And in this particular part of the comic, two characters are suppose to make love.

I usually avoid drawing this to begin with because it just feels weird to just sit down and draw that. Besides, I decided to go through with this idea now because, hey, what better way for two characters on love to express themselves?

I know how to draw people and all that jazz, but I can't for the life of me draw two people having sex. Censored sex by the way, nothing NSFW or anything like that.

Any tips would be lovely.
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#2JackalPosted 2/23/2012 6:51:59 AM
Screen shots and images

Either watch some "love" scenes from some movies, especially some of those corny old movies from the 90's, or look for images on Google.
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#3ToiletDuck64Posted 2/26/2012 5:04:57 PM
google.com
Look there...

Otherwise, I don't know how to helpfully respond to this in a way that wouldn't get modded...
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#4SasquatchimoPosted 2/26/2012 8:00:53 PM
In the few comics I've done which involve love-making, I just usually illustrate the penetration of the male and female sex organs up close. Easiest way to do it. You probably can just pause your favorite porn sex scene and even trace it (using layers) to make it even easier.

You avoid all the difficult things such as arms wrapped around each other. Or kissing. Or whatever.
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#5United_World(Topic Creator)Posted 2/27/2012 6:05:47 PM
Sasquatchimo posted...
In the few comics I've done which involve love-making, I just usually illustrate the penetration of the male and female sex organs up close. Easiest way to do it. You probably can just pause your favorite porn sex scene and even trace it (using layers) to make it even easier.

You avoid all the difficult things such as arms wrapped around each other. Or kissing. Or whatever.


Well I want to avoid drawing penetration and sex organs altogether.
What I want to actually do is the hard parts you mentioned. All while covering sexual organs.
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#6CyBear_PunkPosted 2/27/2012 6:34:44 PM
Get 2 barbie dolls together
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#7InfernalLurkerPosted 2/27/2012 7:09:31 PM
Take a digital picture of yourself for one of the partners, then take another where you are the other partner. You obviously need to rest the camera on something and use the timer to keep the camera in the same position. Try your best at posing yourself on the second picture to mimic being over your first pose.

It won't match up perfectly, but just cut and paste them together and use that as a model.

Otherwise get 2 friends or siblings to post together for you.
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#8United_World(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2012 5:39:22 AM(edited)
InfernalLurker posted...
Take a digital picture of yourself for one of the partners, then take another where you are the other partner. You obviously need to rest the camera on something and use the timer to keep the camera in the same position. Try your best at posing yourself on the second picture to mimic being over your first pose.

It won't match up perfectly, but just cut and paste them together and use that as a model.

Otherwise get 2 friends or siblings to post together for you.


I'm not sure if you was being serious or...

EDIT:

But on another note.
I am attempting to make my first graphic novel.

I'm currently at the rough draft part where I basically draw out the story and important plot points in a notebook. So I have a couple questions for future steps:

-When drawing the actual strips, is it better to draw it on a vertical page or a horizontal page? I want the book to be in a regular verticle style, but I prefer to draw on a horizontal page.

-How do one work the page layout? After all, it is a comic, so there will be a content on the front and back of each page. How does that work exactly? Do I leave it to a computer or am I suppose to manually draw on the back of the pages myself(Please for the love of god, don't let it be the ladder).
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#9InfernalLurkerPosted 2/28/2012 2:54:48 PM
I don't know why you would think I'm joking. I gave you a solid suggestion. Using yourself as a model (via digital camera) for poses you cannot regularly do is quick, easy, and 100% viable. It's a crutch to be sure, but it will help you out and that is what you are looking for.

-When drawing the actual strips, is it better to draw it on a vertical page...


Wow. You know, you should do some heavy online research. Or buy some comic self publishing books. DO NOT rely on message boards. I'm not saying this to be condescending, but more or less so you don't waste your time. I'll answer your question, but based on these two questions you have, you may be prone to huge amount of errors or back-tracking/extra work that you can avoid if you were to gain some knowledge before hand as these are simple questions but it seems overly complicated in your mind.

I'm assuming you are going to end up scanning your work into a digital medium to work via computer? If so, you can draw it on paper however you like it. BUT this will end up causing you extra work after you scan it in. You'll end up doing a lot of cut and pasting and resizing onto the output comic book page size and format. Also it may screw with your horizontal and vertical space when formatting on the comic page size- you may end up (well, you will most likely end up) having to move around individual panels. If you are drawing a set amount of panels on every page, then it may not be a big deal, but if each page has its own amount of flexible panels, then you'll end up with a big headache when you are trying to format the page properly.

See, if you were to stick with the regular page orientation of a "vertical" page, you maintain the same orientation of the final comic page. Everything you do, the spacing and everything translates fairly easily when it is scaled down onto the size. But if you were to work on the page "horizontally", you have to cut everything and do a lot of pasting to make it fit properly onto the regular "vertical" format of the comic. You may (you will) end up with many errors in the process or you may end up with some clipping of your artwork that you never intended.

Unless you want the novel to be published in that horizontal format, I would highly suggest you DO NOT work horizontally.

If you are planning to send the actual hand-drawn pages off to a company to do the publishing, then 100% DO NOT work horizontally. They will not tolerate having to reformat and rework the entire layout for you. It will be a waste of their time and if you are looking to get your work published, they will take one look at one of your pages and dismiss it promptly.

-How do one work the page layout? After all, it is a comic, so there will be a content on the front and back of each page...

This question itself shows the huge ignorance you have and you really need to get yourself some books on self publishing comics.

The printed artwork on the front and back of the page is entirely done via computer software and the printer. You do not have to actually draw on the front and back of your pages. This is bad for many reasons. I mean you can if you REALLY want to, but I don't see why someone would do that at all. Only reason why someone would draw on the back and front of a page is they do not have enough blank pages to draw on, but that idea itself is somewhat ridiculous. You use a new piece of paper for each page.
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#10InfernalLurkerPosted 2/28/2012 2:55:00 PM
Ok, a question for you. How are you exactly planning to make this graphic novel? I mean, are you self publishing? Are you expecting to take it somewhere to have it published? Are you digital publishing? Are you going to one of those internet publish on demand companies? Before you start your novel, have a solid plan. Have a huge bunch of research and knowledge before hand. It will keep your ideas realistic, and it will save you a bunch of time in the end.
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