here are a few more
shots from the last 3
Anatomy Academy sessions
DVD's moving foreword.
Will get caught up on visiting your
threads when we get done filming....
I get exited from the preview photos alone, thank you very much for sharing. Hope the DVDs will be available in europe, too.
Your analytical yet still wonderfully vivacious approach to figure drawing caught my eye many years ago! I am greatly looking forward to the DVDs! Keep up the great work, and thank you for all the inspiration you've been to the art community.
Last edited by arin_ann; March 22nd, 2009 at 03:08 AM.
"Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved."
After years of being unsuccessful at drawing the female form I found this thread and just looked at your boxes. How somthing so rigid becomes somthing so fluid makes no sense to me but it works. I feel that I have a better grasp at how the torso hip interaction occures thanks to you and will deffinatly buy the DVD when released. Thank you.
P.s. I like your drawing wand.
SketchBook Chris Yoakum?
I try to do a few hands everyday >< here are todays
Beautiful flow and structure, Thanks for sharing.
Another couple of hand studies ::: try to do two or three everyday.[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE]
Here is a page of hand studies ::: if any advice is worth giving it would be to try and draw a couple of hands everyday.
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Last edited by mentler; October 3rd, 2007 at 11:10 AM.
Yay! more of em You never cease to amaze sir! Thank you for sharing
These are some of the most impressive anatomy studies I have ever seen! Besides of the great teaching value there is another thing which strikes me a lot: the composition of the pages. There is almost no space unexploited on any page and it all fells very ordered even in the "quick sketches" pages. I think I just realized what is real clarity of thought on the subject of anatomy.
Working On Hands
Trying To Get An
Expressive Mannerist Feel
To Incorporate Into My
New Series Of Paintings
Last edited by mentler; October 18th, 2007 at 08:52 PM.
Hey just stopping by to say thanks for this entire thread lots of good stuff to learn to understand and use
My sketchbook flawed to the max page 5
Ps:Hope you understand my English.
Remember my advices taste best with a grain of salt.
wow mentler, your drawings are AMAZING, truly inspiring. I might actually go draw right now.
Last edited by Rummity; November 13th, 2007 at 01:44 PM.
Looks pretty useful. I'll try and use these
"Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster also"
I can't compare to Mentler, but I posted this, really to ask other experts if the idea is right. Basically, it seems that the shoulderblades are free floating, only attached by the clavicle, so far as the skeletal system's concerned. Without muscles holding them in place, they could extend as far as the following drawings. Someone tell me if I'm wrong. Also, and I don't know if this is common knowledge, and I wasn't paying attention in biology class, but the ribcage actually moves! It swells and such, as you breathe, not just going up and down. Each rib is actually attached by hinge joints from the spine and sternum. Anyways, all these sketches are based off others I've seen in books, but the angles and poses are all from my head.
EDIT: I just removed the images, as requested by the thread starter. I can understand if one master artist wants to devote a thread to himself to show his work, and Mentler definately deserves to be stickied. I do think you should mention somewhere in the thread title that no one else is to post images here, just so we know. Also, it might make sense to sticky another anatomy thread that other people can actually post images in.
I'd still like a crit, so whoever wants can look in my sketchbook and please lend me some expertise.
Last edited by TASmith; January 29th, 2008 at 03:33 PM.
Thanx Lessons are here to be learned, so much to be done. Many thanks.
Thank you so much man, you're helping beginner artists like me allot.
Talent is not something you are born with, it is something you acquire. Hopefully.
A few head constructions.
Working out planes and things.
I try to construct visualizing the
masses first and then the planes.
Then I create an imaginary light
source and try to see how it would
hit the planes.
I have found that tying the value
masses together is just as important
as trying to be 100% true to the
Some of the portrait demos were
done using models and some from
I posted some of these before in
my sketchbook but know some of
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Last edited by mentler; March 10th, 2008 at 06:08 PM.
Very nice, these will help tremendously.
When drawing the masses, do you use a combination of spheres, cylinders, and boxes when drawing the body?
Then use planes?
This thread is amazing! I'm struggling to learn the human figure and this is one of the best tools I've looked at. Keep me informed on your DVD/Book; I'll more than likely buy it.
Keep it up, and thanks a lot.
The first consideration is the form unit.
In this case we can start with a triangle
as shown in the first diagram.
Note the size in relation to the Cranial Grid.
The scapula is approx. two thirds the width.
The diagonal will be about the same as the width.
In diagram two we have refined the mass conception
into two triangles one on top of the other divided
by a diagonal spine.
In the third diagram we have further refined it
by cutting off the end to locate the glenoid
cavity (part of the ball and socket joint of the
We have also extended the spine past the end
of the Cranial Grid to form the Acromion
process or shoulder point which forms a
muscular attachment to the collar bone.
We have placed the shoulder blades in
the Grid system above to point out that
they take up one third of the width on
each side of the line of the angle of the
Once again it is important to relate each
component to the whole via the grid.
The rest of this stuff is in most of the
better books on the subject.
The second page of diagrams illustrates
the movement of the blades in relation to
the upward, downward, front and back
movement of the upper arm.
The important thing to realize here
is that the shoulder blade pretty much
floats over the rib-cage and is attached
strongly at the Acromion process to
the collar bone which in turn is attached
similarly to the sternum.
lovely work as always, theres not much to say here that hasnt been said before but i think your work has an epic quality that seems to be lacking nowadays. your figures are like the old master work for the 21st century
Mentler you sure is a great draughtsman.I'm wondering if you do any oil paintings, and where can i view them.Keep the mental gallery going,i'm going insane.lol
Your generosity has left me dumbstruck. I've carefully gone over every page and never have I been able to extract the level of knowledge you've left for anyone interested. Thank you.
And if you get around to it, I'd love to see how you break down the forearm. I saw the beginnings of it and am hungry for more.