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    Sketches and things

    So... my CA sketchbook thread begins. Trying to plug along and improve my skills with the hope of some day landing a job in the industry.

    It became clear to me recently that my anatomical knowledge of the arm was really lacking. When drawing the figure purely from imagination, my arms are terrible. Drawing without reference has a way of doing that - pointing out what you don't know. So, I figured this was a good a time as any to start my own thread. Here it goes ...

    Some studies of good 'ol George B. 's stuff :

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    nice start, going through right path, line work looking very classic.
    George bridgman's book is very nice way to study anatomy.
    keep it up...

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    I like the sharp angles on the muscles.



    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Nice begging on the right road so far just want to see more lawl

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    Thank you for the positive feedback.

    OmenSpirits - Thanks. I'm really trying to exxagerate the corners and show the directions.

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    Nice start, keep posting

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    Really nice studies. Your line quality seems really good.

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    wow.. so define shapes.. I like so much that skills on a artist..!!
    congratulations.. hope you keep posting for share your knowledges here


    cares for u mate

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    Some more studies and some Life Drawings

    Thank you for the kind words Peggo. Much appreciated !!

    Thanks Pantless - I try to use the line as if I were sculpting, not drawing.

    So here's me at it again with the arm as well as some Bammes torso studies. I thought I'd also throw in some life drawings for good measure.

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    Awesome figures, your drawings have a really nice flow/ rhythm. That 20 minute piece especially is really impressive.

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    These things are brilliant! Especially the last ones look fantastic.
    Beautifull work, no crits. Looking forward to seing more

    Please take the time to give me some constructive criticism in my Sketchbook
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    Howie and Hilbruks - Many thanks for the positive feedback ! Always appreciated.



    Killing some more trees today at my Friday life session. Here are a few 2 minute drawings that are in the running for my soon to be put together portfolio. More to come a little later. I hope you enjoy !

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    I tried to post a few more drawings, but was having problems. More 2 minute poses. Here it goes...

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    Amazing start. You seem to have the flow of the body down right, methinks.

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    Thanks a lot ninjacat !!


    So, another day another drawing ... or two or three. Anyway, I'm really trying to nail down the arm and how it fits into the wrist. It's a pretty complex mechanism, mainly the forearm that is, but I try to simplify the learning process as much as possible. I study with Glenn Vilppu right now and he is an absolute master at simplifying the complex. Anyone has a chance to study under him should do so. At least pick up his manual.

    Alright, enough plugging Glenn's stuff. The following are a study from Bammes Gestalt whatever the heck and from the Vilppu drawing manual.

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    It's final four weekend, but no exuse to not draw. Gotta get the arm down ! some more study from the book de Bammes.

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    I love your line work! It's quite impressive.

    Your studies seem to be helping a ton! Keep up the hard work.

    Final four week? HUHH???? am I missing an awesome show?

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    Thanks for the compliment Davezilla. You didn't miss nuch - unless you're a memphis or kansas fan of course.

    anyway... back to the drawing board. more arm work - Bammes and Bridgman

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    woops ... and now ...

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    Great studies man. Villpu and Bridgman is flippin awesome.

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    Great stuff, your works seem to have a certain "quality" to them that I just can't seem to place, I love it. I too have been doing anatomy studies, so I can relate to their difficulty at first.

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    Really nice studies, iīm very impressed & motivated, keep it up.
    At the moment iīm struggling with the arm anatomy, same as you.
    I have to do some Bridgeman & Bammes still, atm iīm trying to understand the muscles, using this page for it (http://www.visiblebody.com/start) it helps me a lot to visualize them in 3d. also the Anatomy book from E. Goldfinger is really great to get to know each muscle & their function.
    keep working as hard as you have been and youīll get there...

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    Thanks Flaskpost ! Yes, Bridgman and Vilppu are amazing.

    Matthew - Thanks for the line quality comments. I seem to get that a lot. To be honest, it's actually more of a problem than anything. I tend to get caught up in making pretty lines sometimes at the expense of communicating what's actually going on.
    I checked out your sketchbook. Good start ! Loomis and Bridgman are a great way to learn the figure. Keep up the good work !

    Thanks Arkos ! Good studies of the muscles in your book ! The only suggestion I would have is to go back and start with something more simplified like Bridgman, Loomis and Vilppu. Bigger, conceptual shapes first before moving on to the muscle attachments and the like. You've got some raw ability, so keep at it !

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    Jeez, your studies are practically perfect!

    You say you're using Bridgman? I'll have to look into him.

    Do you think it's helping you?

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    Zilla - Thanks for the compliment. Yikes ! I have a lot to learn though. Yep. Bridgman and Vilppu, mostly. I do think it's helping me. You see, it's taken me a while to actually figure out what works and what doesn't. To learn how to learn that is. One thing I discussed recently with an instructor during class was how to go about learning anatomy. I came away with the understanding that you could sit there and draw countless bones and sinues (sp?) of muscles and render them forever and still fail to learn how to draw convincing anatomy. It's the conceptualizing of the form that is the key. You can't copy. You'll learn nothing. In the end, you learn by coming to conclusions yourself - especially if you want to draw convincingly from your imagination. So, I basically return time and time again to the basics, but each time with a new understanding. The real master at communicating this is Vilppu. It's nothing new. They've been doing it since the Renaissance.

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    Oh wow, that makes alot of sense actually.

    So I guess one way to absorb the material is to actually apply what you've "copied" from the anatomy books, right? I'll definitely look into it! Thanks for the explanation

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    Yeah exactly thats why iīm trying to understand the form in 3d (also using basic shapes, thats what you mean by conceptualizing of the form right?)to get it into my head, Bridgman studies havenīt helped me a bit, i did lots of his studies at a time when i didnīt understand anything about the muscles, their function or their form. Thatīs why i use that link i gave you, also i find Vilppu has helped me also lots, i love his teaching method, but bridgmann... i just donīt quite get it... yet, think its good to do his studies once you have a complete grasp of human anatomy, but if you do then before that youīll be lost, imho.

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    Great studies mate keep it up, i am so jealous you get to study with Vilippu i love his training manual.

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    I wasn't all the successful, but I managed to plull my car over today and do some quick sketches of some horses today.

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    I like the figure sketch of the horse facing towards us.
    Nice job
    That horse looks hella sad

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