Again I dont mean when you are drawing from life.
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For me, I don't use measurements. I just draw draw draw figures from photos and from life so I can understand the proportions of the figure and the forms, that way I can position them and project the figure any way I like, although I still need a lot of practice . Those measurements that Loomis and Bridgman and others give you will fall apart as soon as the body is bent or tilted the slightest, so it's essentially worthless to spend time studying them. Just learn how the lengths of the masses relate to each other.
I would not say that those measurements are worthless. In fact, I would say that they are just the opposite. When I start any character drawing, I use those proportions. Once I have the basic figure drawn out, I will use them to set the character in my scene, taking prespective into account.
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I've pretty much got the proportions and anatomy down and memorized.
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I would suggest going with the 8 head break down. Its widely used.
There are other methods, the square unit of the cranium for example, which would be fine also.
Check out Loomis
for vid tuts, you can check out Riven Phoenix.
learning a set of proportions will give you the freedom to deviate from them intelligently. So when you want to draw an arm that's longer than what is considered the standard length you know you are doing it on purpose, not by happenstance.
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What about those articulated wooden models? Do they help at all with basic anatomy? Does anyone use them?
When drawing from mind I try to recall what I know of proportions and positions. Then I draw and check with a ref to see if I got it right..
Most often I lay down a basic figure with head, chest and hips drawn in square and go from there.
Other times I let my subconscious guide me
When I started learning figure I mostly used 8 heads canon. It gave me something to grasp at the beginning but it was pretty tedious to make all the measurements every time I sketched character. It was also difficult to draw more complicated poses with foreshortening and body twists. Nowadays I rely more on subconscious and muscle memory from drawing hundreds of gestures. For example I lightly draw some squiggle in place where should be torso, judge whether it looks right or not and correct accordingly. Still there's a lot to learn when it comes to anatomy and proportions. After doing thousands of studies I still tend to make basic mistakes from time to time which can be really frustrating.
Wood manikin turned out to be useless for poses because it's all stiff but I used it several times for figuring out basic lightning (where the arm casts shadow, which part of the body is the brightest etc.)
dpaint posted a list of relative sizes and relationships between parts of the body the other day, you may find it useful.
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