Common critique of my human figures is, "It's too linear." "It looks flat." "It looks mechanical." "Not enough movement."
Even when I'm drawing from a live figure in an animated pose, my work ends up looking like one of those wooden movable anatomy dolls, with much less movement.
With that being said, what can I change about my approach to human figure drawing to get animated, proportionate, solid figures? Are there any resources that tackle teaching anatomy in a way which might help me? And what are some exercises I can do to improve the weight and realism of my figures? I love figure drawing and I think it's one of the most important things to learn, but I always walk away dissatisfied with how my figures look. I want to get better!!!