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    Hi, you can call me Dui


    Anyway, I have very limited knowledge about human anatomy in terms of size and proportion. It would be great help by suggesting which book I could look at to improve drawing from imagination. However, from an observational point of view, I can draw body proportions with no or little mistakes.

    When I draw from imagination, i can't get the proportions right, especially when I draw a woman's face.


    Furthermore, I'm interested in ArtGem's http://artgerm.deviantart.com/ style of art because it is between manga and realism. Is there a similar drawing book that I could buy ?

    Thanks for reading

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    This'll be moved, but here we go:
    Before delving in to a style you'll need to study fundementals. Perspective, anatomy, composition etc. There are a ton of great books that cover those things.
    Andrew Loomis' books are free to download and cover all of it. George Bridgeman's books are great for learning anatomy and constructing it from your head. Hope that helps.

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    Save your money matey, and have a look through the reference section in here (the forums!) plus there are thousands online that you can read and learn from

    For example :-

    http://artwiki.wikidot.com/anatomy-people-links

    Have a go at some of these tutorials and practice loads, everyone does!

    hope this helps

    LIghtship69

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightship69 View Post
    Save your money matey, and have a look through the reference section in here (the forums!) plus there are thousands online that you can read and learn from

    For example :-

    http://artwiki.wikidot.com/anatomy-people-links

    Have a go at some of these tutorials and practice loads, everyone does!

    hope this helps

    LIghtship69
    Yeah... don't use that link. For starters, most of those tutorials are poorly drawn, if you want to draw anime there are much better tutorials out there. Second, don't study anime to start off with. Most anime drawings are terrible because the artist is copying someone else's end product without understanding what went in to that artist's journey up to that point. Study your foundations... when you know how things really look, you'll be much better at tweaking them to how you want them to look, and you'll come up with your own point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dulioil View Post
    Hi, you can call me Dui


    Anyway, I have very limited knowledge about human anatomy in terms of size and proportion. It would be great help by suggesting which book I could look at to improve drawing from imagination. However, from an observational point of view, I can draw body proportions with no or little mistakes.

    When I draw from imagination, i can't get the proportions right, especially when I draw a woman's face.


    Furthermore, I'm interested in ArtGem's http://artgerm.deviantart.com/ style of art because it is between manga and realism. Is there a similar drawing book that I could buy ?

    Thanks for reading

    Just try doing what you have in mind, then take an objective look at the result and decide what needs work.

    When I read Realism and manga I had a few flashes, one was that characters sometimes takes some research and some time spent developing them. The more complex the character the more traits you have to check and maintain.
    Never used this before but to maybe describe and develop character in writing first.

    Referance work also crossed my mind, sometimes you need to borrow some ideas from someting existing. I'm collecting some FHM collections editions(Or rather I decided to keep them from the ton of magz that got thrown away), style in terms of fashion is also something to keep and eye on.

    Drawing those rags is something I know I need to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Search function, please.
    No disrespect to the OP but in this thread I am all for this!!!

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    No disrespect to the OP but in this thread I am all for this!!!
    I dont think its valid for someone who is just 6 post old, it takes some time to get used to the functions here.

    books.
    Bridgeman
    Constructive anatomy
    human machine
    figure drawing

    Andrew loomis
    Figure drawing for all its worth

    Burne hogarth
    Dynamic figure drawing

    I think that should get you started.

    I would not reccomend the how to draw manga books, some of them are very bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhanu View Post
    I dont think its valid for someone who is just 6 post old, it takes some time to get used to the functions here.
    You're right, but anatomy direction is quite easy to find even by using Google, hence my comment.

    Still, at least Dui is getting some extra info so it's not a waste I guess.

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