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After seeing the streaming class on anatomy for artists by Marshall Vandruff 2 weeks ago, I bought myself David K Rubins book: "The Human Figure - An anatomy for artists' and the big George Bridgman book.
For the past week I have been drawing heads only out of big shapes and blocks just as Bridgman explains in his book.
Now I want to copy a skull drawing out of Rubins book which is very detailed and I am having a lot of troubles with it.
I dont really know how to start out copying these detailed anatomy drawings and soon I am erasing and changing all the shapes to get everything to work.
I was wondering how other people here go about copying detailed anatomy drawings.
Do you start out with the big shapes and build from '3D' or do you copy stroke for stroke much more like a '2D' approach if you know what I mean.
any tips are more then welcome!
You start (with a light pencil or something you can draw over) with the large blocks and shapes so that A. You get the basic shape of the scull correct, just like Bridgman teaches you. Provided you get this step correct then you have a decently proportioned basic outline of the skull.
THEN you move on to what Rubins (Perhaps you mean Rubens) does, which is the little details. Remember how you said you're constantly changing all the shapes? Now that you have a large reference to where all the little details go on the big form, you can go in and accurately layer those little shapes over the overall forms.
One more thing - Don't copy, understand. You're doing these studies so you know how the head is constructed, you're not just trying to replicate what your reference looks like exactly.
Thanks for the advice, I'll try this out with setting up al the shapes first and then do the details. this sounds like the logical thing to do, just so hard to just not dive into all the cool details
Nowadays I'm doing the opposite where I'm trying to get the overall pose and overall image done as quickly as possible and my attention to detail and rendering quality is suffering. It's all about forming good habits built in strong foundations I'm right with you man.