Some of you may find this approach helpfull and easier than plotting a pose using cylinders and blocks.
I think the best way to begin is by thinking about the skeleton. As I have mentioned before, I don't know the ame of every bone, just the major ones but unless you are having to explain the skeleton to anyone, you don't need to know al the names, just how the frame responds to moment.
Using the stick form is a quick way to guage a pose and work out how the structure responds to movement such as the tilt of the hips and shoulder
After becoming aquainted with the stick figue you may find that fleshing the figure out using cylinders and blocks is a helpfull method of making the figue more three dinemnsional.
Getting hold a good solid book on anatomy for bone and muscle scructure will go a long way in helping your figure drawing progress.
Here are some break downs of poses. Just focus on the bits that are helpful. No need to draw every stage if it is not helping you.
The image below is an example of how I quickly sketch out a pose. I aim for capturing the pose/shape in as few lines as possible. I also keep the sketching , nice and light. By applying less pressure, it allows the pencil to flow fluidly across the paper I find it helps capture movement more successfully.
Here are some links to some books that you may find usefull.
DYNAMIC ANATOMY by Burne Hogarth
DRAWING DYNAMIC HANDS by Burne Hogarth
DRAWING THE HUMAN HEAD by Burne Hogarth
FIGURE DRAWING FOR ALL IT'S WORTH by Andrew Loomis
There are loads of books on antomy. You can probably pick some cheap ones up in The Works bookshop or even study diagrams online.
I personally learned from this book.
HUMAN ANATOMY FOR THE ARTIST by John Raynes
It's out of print but this book might be just as good.
I've not read it so I can't really vouch for it.
Ok, the ends part 2 of the half term post. More to come soon.