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I have enrolled myself in an imaginary Anatomy Drawing Dojo today. We train really hard every day to perfect our drawing skills and to become True Anatomy Artists. I am looking for classmates to join me.
Here are the Dojo rules:
1. Only serious students should apply. A real martial arts master would make you sit 3 days and 3 nights in front of the dojo to prove that you are serious enough. But I will pretend you already did
2. Choose one Anatomy or Comic book you like as you will be redrawing all the anatomy pictures from it till its finished.
3. Practice every day is recommended. You should decide the amount of time you are going to spend, get a kitchen timer and set it so that you can focus 100% percent of your attention on drawing during your training. Prepare a drink and background music up front, turn off your skype etc. You don't want the Dojo Master to catch you while checking your email! Trust me on this. Last time he did I had to clean the dishes for all the other students for a month
4. Introduce yourself, write why you want to become true anatomy artist, which book you are going to use and why you chose that one.
5. Post your progress here every day.
Last edited by levius; March 13th, 2010 at 04:20 PM.
Hi Guys, my name is Peter and I have always wanted to be able draw cool CAPCOM characters like the ones from Street Fighter or Darkstalkers. I decided to enter the Dojo to become true Anatomy Artist and perfect my drawing skills. I will be drawing 2 hours per day (except of the days I am out of my atelier). I chose Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth as I like his stylized and very easy to read anatomy pictures. I believe this is the book original Capcom artists read. After I finish this one I will probably continue with one of the Street Fighter comics from UDON or original Game sprites.
Here are my first 2 hours:
Drawing head is really tough. Not sure if its the best idea to start with it, as I believe muscles are much easier. I asked my master if we can skip it for now and then back to it later but he just hit me with his stick on my head. Probably some kind of Koan, I will meditate about that...
I am having problems with perspective especially worm's view. Got to focus more on keeping the features like eyes and mouth lined properly. I am still looking for classmates. Anybody want's to practice the anatomy with me?
Wednsday 2 hours:
Hi Alien Ape, animal anatomy is also accepted here Would be great if you join.
Thursday 2 hours:
If you choose to do a "comic book" does that mean you would be re-creating the panels, or just re-drawing the characters as posed in the book?
Hi Sundance, if you choose comic book you are supposed to redraw all characters. You are not required to do the clothes, objects, backgrounds or panels. However feel free to add these if you like.
Friday 2 hours and something
Hi Guys! I am not working on weekends, I will continue with the studies tomorrow. Meantime I am trying to finish my hobby project, low poly anatomy study. I am retopologising the shoulder right now . I would like to use it as an "art manikin" so I can practice drawing from perspective and crazy angles
Here is a screenshots, work in progress:
Hi Guys, I feel mighty sick today Hopefully will get better soon and so l can draw again.
Hi Guys, I am back. I entered the 7 circles of hell and fought the demons but I am back and stronger than before
Here are 2 hours from today. I will finish the head chapter soon, and as I believe it was the hardest one it should get much faster from here.
The top right guy reminds me of Sagat a lot, apparently the Capcom guys really used this book. Check out the huge difference between SF1 and SF2 games. I think Ive just fell in love with this anatomy book
Friday 2 hours:
I have no Idea why did it take me 2 hours to draw 3 heads. Maybe because I am trying to draw in the morning and I was still sleeping Anyway the heads are over. It took me 16 hours to finish this chapter
I am taking break from anatomy over the weekends. I am having fun with this great book, Fantasy Cartooning by Ben Caldwell:
Last edited by levius; March 15th, 2010 at 08:38 PM.
Here is my Tuesday training, it seems I just finished the neck chapter.
Here is the photo of my weapons, I use mechanical pencil for sketching and details, lead holder for fast shading (I should get softer lead, its HB right now), Tuff Stuff eraser for fine erasing and the most useful tool of all, kneedable eraser. My style should be probably called the "Way of the Eraser"
I started torso today. Hogarth's women looks like Olympic shot-putters I tried to make them just a little bit more feminine.
I have been sick AGAIN?! I guess my shaved head doesn't do well in the cold morning mists of these mountains. Anyway I feel better today.
This is where fun starts, I like the Major muscles I am also looking forward to the next chapter, Arms. (not looking forward to chapter after that the Hand )
I will continue on Monday again. Would be great if somebody would join me
I decided it is a right time to memorize the names of the muscles so I can practice it while drawing. I did few pages from Anatomy Coloring book by Wynn Kapit. It is a great complement to traditional artist anatomies.
Hmm im surprised there isn't more interest in this thread, just came across it myself. Even though it looks like you lost interest in this community, I'd keep trying maybe actually post some of your anatomy practice and make a SB, throw it up on your facebook and such(if you have artists as friends), generate some interest. You could even suggest different styles every week to have people to try, to get familiar with what other people are doing with anatomy. Or suggestion some anatomy books, maybe scan some pages and see how people doing replicating them. Something. Best of luck either way though.
Hello Izer, thanks for good ideas. I started anatomy Dojo on 2 forums at the same time and the other one has people interested so I just decided not to double my posts here. We are practicing regularly there and posting our progress almost every day: Anatomy Dojo
BTW: It seems server with the pictures I drew is offline right now, that could be the reason why it seems I was not posting my drawings here.