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January 16th, 2010 #1
Studying Anatomy from Marvel Comics
is it ok to study anatomy from marvel/ comic books and use them as a reference to understand the muscles. i no there exaggerated but the major muscle show nicely in the marvel comics
January 16th, 2010 #2
Not really, you need to understand anatomy before you can exaggerate it. With one or two notable exceptions in the comic industry...
January 16th, 2010 #3
so i should just stick to bridgman studies for now
January 16th, 2010 #4
That's very true, but I do suggest also having a look at 'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way', by John Buscema. It's actually has some great advice and will do you no harm as part of your anatomy education. It has some good information on composition, posing and other basics as well.
January 16th, 2010 #5
thank you is jus been lately ive been able to understand the anatomy a bit more better from marvel books but i thought if i drew to much from it. it would become a bad habit with anatomy
January 16th, 2010 #6
Generally comics artists develop certain shorthand techniques as they develop making the published art a good source to study for simplification techniques (as well as storytelling, staging, and such simplification techniques -- all dependant on the skill of the artist).
I second the Buscema book, as well, but not for learning anatomy.
A working artist should have several good anatomy references. I usually suggest starting with something basic like Drawng the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm, then adding Bridgman, and one or more of Raynes' Complete Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Peck's Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist, any of the more commonly recommended anatomy books and any Loomis books/PDFs you can find.
Long term, I'd look to add anything by Hale, Goldfinger as well as Gottfried Bammes' Die Gestalt des Menschen -- I don't think an English translation exists, but even in a language I can't read, it's still a treasure in my art library.
Best of luck,
January 16th, 2010 #7
ok i have the loomis figure drawing pdf and a brdgman constructive anatomy pdf
January 16th, 2010 #8Traditional Artist
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I agree in that one should not study comics in order to learn anatomy. Just pick up a few books on it and draw whats in the books. Preferrably the books should have some labels for muscles, fuctions, origins and insertions.
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The usual staples for anatomy:
January 16th, 2010 #9
I was actually surprised to see some marvel issues having deacent anatomy, however their cell shading is an aberration that make my eyes bleed (i mean i know they wanna get it over with as fast as possible but geez)
I'd suggest dabbling in graphic novels and Heavy Metal issues, these fellas spend some time on their comic books for sure.. And Ashley Woods..Completely offtopic but his renditions of Spawn are sick.
January 16th, 2010 #10
OK thank i have the nesscary books i first got >> http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatomy-Arti...666064&sr=8-16 but is not very good so im using loomis and brifgman pdfs
January 17th, 2010 #11
I learned from comics.
And have/had spent YEARS going backwards to learn the correct way.
Save yourself the trouble, start at the beginning, it's not worth the time wasted.
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January 18th, 2010 #12
For anatomy? No, not at all. It's really difficult to make out all the details of forearm muscles from comicbooks.
January 18th, 2010 #13
thnak you i will stop using them as references