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Here are some notes that help me out when I draw the figure.
The main thing that bothers me is the proportion of the upper torso, which I lengthen to about 4 heads long.
I included some other notes about drawing the leg too. Legs are hard to draw because of the many complex curves around them. If not done right, they will look like spaghetti.
What helps me out on legs, is to look for the bone structure first, starting with the great trocanter (top of the upper leg joint). From there I pay attention to the direction of the knee to see how much the leg is twisting. The upper leg bone is always bowed. The direction the upper leg bone bows toward is always the direction of the knee. Next I look for how the direction of the knee relates to the direction of the feet. This way I can see a clear twist in the leg gesture and have a solid bone underneath the muscles.
Planting the models feet to the floor is crucial for adding weight to the pose. I usually like to think of the feet as a box to help define perspective. The bottom of the feet are usually squashed by the weight of the body, where they are forced to match the shape of the ground surface. Hence, describing the floor for us.
I've included some notes on the breast to illustrate the pectorialis underneith. The breast(fat) sits under in a comma shape which hooks around to the ribs. It forms a distinctive two overlaping forms on the side of the chest.
Hope these will help, I'll try to go over other drawings as I find some time.
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Last edited by emily g; January 21st, 2007 at 02:36 AM.
This is from a reply letter I wrote today for a possible student who wanted to know how I teach my class before they signed up. I think the info below will help answer questions about thoughts on learning priorities and procedures.
I break it down this way so the students will have a stepping stone to build and re-enforce their skills upon. Something to make the learning process more managable.
Each stepping stone is there to help you build your skills for the next. I think it is a good way to introduce the students to these ideas and see how they relate.kevinMy profession outside of teaching is Concept Design for games and films. I specialize in characters and creatures. What is important to me on my job is to be able to create out of my head and have the skills to make it interesting and believable. Another part of my job is to ensure quality control through production (style guides and critiques). That's why I need to break everything down to simple elements and language, that so everyone can understand, so we can improve the product.
If anything, I try to teach my students how break things down to basic visual elements and learn how to prioritize and use the elements to better communicate the idea.
Here are some of the things that I teach my students in the figure class:
(in order of things to learn first)
- perspective (learn how to think and draw in space. Learn how to draw a cube, cylinder, cone, and ball in perspective and scale)
- proportion (train your eye to see this, if proportion is off, placement, weight, and form and likeness is off too)
- Gesture (learn how to see relationship between things: how forms are tie together by action, thought, or weight)
- form (learn to see simple mass of the body and ignore the details. See the big idea)
- overlaps (learn to communicate spacial relationship between forms. What is in front of what?)
- planes (adding more information to a simple form (cylinder) by breaking it up into planes (example: Box - more 3D directional planes detail with top, sides, bottom planes).
- construction (able to trim and add smaller forms on top of the bigger structure with out losing your dominant perspective. Putting the details on "top" of the form, not through it)
- lighting (learn how light works and how to use light to better communicate your idea. What do I want to show? What type of lighting should I use?)
- Shapes (compose your image with the basic 2D elements of light and shadow shapes, page layout. How do I compose the image to better stage what I want to show? How can I communicated abstractly? how do I use contrast to communicate?)
- edge / texture (learn how the eye sees and focus. Learn atmospheric perspective. How to draw the space and air around the model)
each step is there to re-enforce and strengthen the previous.
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Here are some of the students' in class drawings from last term:
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Some notes I wrote on how to locate the Gesture Line. Thought might be helpful to post it here:
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This week the class focus was on laying in the composition of the figure with simple 2 dimensional shapes.
With 2D shapes alone you can solve gesture, proportion, abstraction, weight, composition, eye flow and simple form indication. The more you can solve at this stage the more effortless and elegant your design will be. A good example would be Sargent's portrait studies: very little rendering but, excellent use of shapes.
here are some old class demos on making sure your drawings read with simple 2-D B/W Shapes (keep the comp simple). If the image looks good and reads well with just 2 values and flat shapes then you are ready to take it to the next level with rendering. If your drawing doesn't read at this simple level, no matter how much more rendering you place on top, it will not save it. Usually, a lot of the over-worked and ununified student drawings are the ones who rushed through this first crucial design stage.
Think about what do you want the viewer to see. Try staging and contrasting your details with small, medium, and large shapes for spacing details. How can you stage your image better? How can i lead the viewers eye with direction of my shapes (framing or pointing)? How can I get the action to read better with straights and curves (tension and relax)? How can I communicate the mood with my value proportion and shape? All these thinking and problem should be answered at this stage before you start your rendering. A good 2D lay-in is more than just a copy, it is the master blue print for your priorities and composition. It should read clearly and be able to state what you want to say without relying on rendering!!
It's a good exercise to do some master copies with this in mind and see how the masters manipulate your eye and feel with just simple shape contrast.
Here are some examples of laying for long poses:
red circle stands for focal point.
red line stands for eye flow.
green line stands for small, mid, big shape spacing.
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