Several months ago I decided to go back to the basics and work my way up to concept art. My posts will start off with anatomy studies based off the Riven Phoenix Structure of man lessons. From there I 'll post other related foundational works and studies.
This is a generic idea of a human figure, starting out like stick figures. This can help speed up understanding the proportions from an abstract approach. Notice it’s based off a 8 head tall figure.
Riven phoenix demonstrated a technique of studying the skull from a very thorough approach. I believe it was a Leonardo Davinci system. I know it seems time consuming but it’s worthwhile to try. It will make it much easier for you when you use the simpler approach. Also note this is a technical approach vs an artistic approach to drawing the skull. This gives the appearance of an angular, sharp looking skull. It’s fine as were just generalizing the skull. You can always touch it up using an anatomy book. Click on thumnail to enlarge image.
Key things to remember are: the studies are not super accurate but a general approach to speed up the understanding of the torso. I like the approach of using abstract forms of the muscles so I don’t get so caught up in paying attention to every detail and curve of each individual muscle.
Also notice how i measured the torso based off the skull(human head). adding and dividing to get proportions.
Here are studies of the skull and skull muscles that I’ve learned following Riven Phoenix studies. Key things to remember are: the studies are not super accurate but a general approach to speed up the understanding of the skull. I like the approach of using abstract forms of the muscles so I don’t get so caught up in paying attention to every detail and curve of each individual muscle. I also like how he gave the muscles generic terms like muscle a, muscle b, etc.; That helped speed it up so I wasn’t spending so much time trying to pronounce and remember every muscle; especially since I’m not a doctor. lol. Anyway, check it out. Note* I’m still learning if you see little flaws here and there, but you have to start somewhere; If I find any, I will correct it and notify those interested.