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I think the main problem is to get the "feeling" for the picture (and the anatomy)
Usually I draw without a model. I sit down, think what I wanna draw and start it. (In 60% of all my drawings, I dont like the first one)
I start over and over again until i get what i wanted and then i can say what was wrong in the first pictures and know what i have to remember the next time.
So theres only one way to really get better:
PRACTICE (and some tutorials)
Heres some figures I drew over a period of a few days...just kept adding to it.
I think my biggest problem is arm proportions, and just arms in general. Thats what I can pick out.
"Wigga Wigga Nutshire"
"How many quarters are in a dollar?"
"...half and half, kinda like the cream, but I don't like coughy..."
You don't need to memorize all the muscles. and drawing them won't help much if you don't understand the human body. You start with basic shapes (like spheres, cylinders, triangles and squares). gesture and proportion are the most important things. Muscle, bones and fat only add credibility. You can check my sketchbook to see what I meanOriginally Posted by jaikarhey guys...........
pleeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssseee help me.
i am right ow learbibg from a book about anatomy.so i have serious problems on the form and structure of the muscles.also am i supposed to commit each muscle to memory by drawing it about a thousand times?
Here's an example of what you should practice:
Once you learn how to decompose the human body into simple parts, you can easily pull any possible dynamic poses:
It's all about the torso (watch Mentler's stuff).
Then, you can start to study the important muscles and bones that affect the contour of the form. You have to understand they're emplacement and their function in order to represent them correctly. Hope that helped.
I personnally have some troubles with the knee and forearm. I gotta do something about that...
I might as well contribute to the thread:
These one were drawn out of intuition. No construction at all (wich is a mistake).
Great work everyone. Keep posting the goods
ashrumm: thats a cool idea.
Conte w/b Experiment
Hi this guy i did from my head.
I just did this one too.
First post here- the result of a meeting which lasted entirely too long.
Flipper79: Not bad, the second guy you posted has legs that are entirely too short and small. You should probably work out the gesture more before attacking the rendering. Also, I find what works for me is to get up occasionally from your work and look at it from a distance. This forces your mind to break away from the temptation and tendency to render. I used to have the same problem as well, I would have my nose so deep into the paper that when I stood up I'd have a perfectly drawn ape man.
Mr. Blonde: Love the action in your sketches. Especially the one of two gestures.
god damn this thread rocks.
chris j anderson, you are absolutely inspiring. i wish every artist on this board was as motivated to grow as an artist as you are. that goes for everyone in here.. its so refreshing to see a bunch of really good artists who are so dedicated to their art, that they constantly push themselves to improve.
i'm so happy i could pee.
Great thread! I felt inspired so I thought I would post. I had the idea in mind to do a 3/4, top down view--roughly took about an hour. No ref used (but probably could have helped on the legs) but that's the whole point right?
Welcome to CA buddy.
Your figure looks kinda odd. I'm not sure why though. I jsut can't put my figure on it. Maybe it'd the head or the legs. I dunno.
Goofin with the mouse on photoshop:
More figures from imagination:
Two more I did this morning:
Here is some dynamic posing I drew this morning as I work through loomis' book.
I've only been doing dynamic posing for about 4+ days, and I haven't delved into the anatomy section yet so the figures obviously have a lot of inaccuracies.
No references, done in graphite stick and prismacolor pencil, not worrying about value, just dynamic posing, correct ratios and expressiveness.
Also a tip I've found, if you guys want to set up an interesting dynamic posing piece, take an idea that somthing is happening in the scene, it will require you to think less about what sort of positions you can conjure and based around this abstract idea, the figures will be contorted around a central piece.
Very cool Magic Man. I saw those in your sketchbook
Keep posting everyone!
Nice stuff Magic Man-
A couple more pages from me...
Drawings are coming along. One of those last ones, the dude, was pretty nice...
But if you're going to draw men's genitalia, you should avoid making the scrotum look like it's filled with two tiny helium balloons and more like it's filled with weights.
Strawberry> Lovin the thumbnails! Reminds me I need to do more of my own. For some reason I'm stuck drawing at one size ATM. Ack. Anyway, really nice stuff.
Magic Man: That last one is nice, I like your shading. But the pecs are too small for my taste. Should be farther down, and the viewer's right nipple should be a little more towards the sternum, I think(unless the pecs were enlarged,t hen you'd move it down a tad).
Love the left-most guy on the post before that, and I'm digging the face on the guy in the back with no legs.
CreationEdge: Thanks. I'll practice more with men's genitalia (that's not what I meant )
Her left leg is too short, I know. It was too late when I noticed.
Last edited by Pesmerga; August 3rd, 2005 at 10:59 PM.
I think my biggest problem is proportions.
Mah Sketchbook <-- I like him.
Here's some more from my sketchbook:
Figures From Imagination 2
Figures from imagination 3
Figure 14 (no curves)
Very dark. Try holding your pencil lighter or a different way. Keep the strokes light and soft.
I've been doing some studies from your work posted here, Chris. They're very helpful - and I love your clear and right-to-the-point style of figure drawing. The gesture of the figures comes across very clearly - which is remarkable considering that you're not exagerrating it very much.
ill post more later
Hi there. I'm new here, drawn to the site by the extraordinary quality of this thread. I need some help, and conveniently, this seems like the best possible place to ask for it.
Here's part of a painting I'm working on. Having some trouble with the figure--I think I'd rather not point out what I think is wrong with it, and just leave that to you guys.
Your help is much appreciated.
hello, Master J.
one question: why dont u use Painter?
great work anyway
max1975: well, the right limbs seem too long (for the perspective) and the torso and breasts are kinda odd. Other than that, it looks pretty good. I like the colors and her face. very cool pic
Hayabusa: beefcake, BEEFCAKE!
Blue v pilot pen, no ref, no curves
Ballpoint, no ref, no curves
HB, figure sketch, no reference
Photoshop, no ref
Last edited by Pesmerga; August 16th, 2005 at 08:55 PM.