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    Spartan Camp #201 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Form Analysis"

    Spartan Camp #201 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Form Analysis"

    The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 13th of November.

    - The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!

    - In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Figure Form Analysis", in any medium.
    Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:

    The background:
    In order to understand the form of the human body and to be able to construct our own figures, we need to be able to to represent these shapes. When we draw these shapes, we represent a 3d figure on a 2d surface. Added to this comes the complexity of foreshortening and perspective. That's why we try to simplify a figure by breaking it down in a way that is easier to understand.

    The exercise:
    Take a reference image of a figure/model of your choice. Then draw the figure as if it were built up of big geometrical shape. You could treat it like a mannequin. The purpose is to create shapes that you think represent the form.

    Examples:
    "Figure shape drawing" in Google
    The 3rd and 4th image on this page.
    Most of the preview images from this page.
    Or your Loomis/Bridgman book! They both use this technique.

    Disclaimer: If anyone's enrolled in the TAD Explore course; that's where I got the inspiration!

    As always- reference advised, not obligatory. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Good luck and have fun! And feel free to ask questions!


    50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.

    Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!

    Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!

    HALL OF FAME - SPARTAN CAMP #200


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    Exclamation

    - Optional study will be there tomorrow!
    - The next deadline is the 13th. This is because last week sort of included the Self-Portrait day.
    - Critique has been added for most of you (so far) in last week's thread!

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    so not knowing which direction to take, decided to do some sketching for this weeks chow which is a driad. wanted a classic look with horns on top. heres what I got
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    I took a break from poses and i realized i like digital painting more from photo

    ASHESS_hmm...i tried it a little, i don't know. will see

    SHININ_well the thing that makes me fell good is when my poses are complete and look descent...yea your right people differ. you like drawing with your hand... i on the other hand like sticking then pen in my nose and trying to do 60 secs............... JK

    LITTLE MAIDEN_ DAM its a dam...like thous pro poses...were did you get the ref?oh i don't think i ever tried to feel the movement i just what it to come out cool or to my liking

    STRATO_Yea...ill work on it..nice on thous poses too... the thing with me is my hand doesn't like clean flowing lines...DAM u hand ill train u like a dog

    ANTHIS_Ill keep it up...what? no star :{ i demand to know how to get one smiling star!!





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    So, tonight I tried to approach my gestures from a completely different angle. I attempted to define the figure in as few strokes as possible. 90% of them blow, but I feel like I'm learning which lines are most important to defining forms. Am I correct in thinking that it's where the figure overlaps itself?
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    @darkops- haha! I never said you'd like it but working in strong opposing colors makes the mistakes stand out better, som eventually you' ll learn faster. Those stills rock btw!
    @strato never thought to think on a system for finding which lines are important. I usually go for either the spinal colum or a contour line calling attention to itself (usually bc it flows) or maybe a pair or set of lines opposing eachother.
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    Hi people... I simply stopped drawing again it seems... When I rested enough after spending way too many cold hours on the bike, the world became a thick light gray mess (dense fog) and as I need air, water, food and solar energy to function, I'm in zombie mode, I don't even use my computer (I use my boyfriend's. Nice big wide monitor... I have regrets getting a not wide one with a tablet that suited it...). I don't plan to draw humans for a while anyway, I need to do enviros.
    But I'll bring something, especially sketches and finished old studies. I have too many wips

    darkops: Offtopic crits, fruits has nothing to do with Spartan Camp, after all The blberries are nice, the lemon isn't realistic, I guess it's the almost complete lack of contrast, even if there are plenty of scattered light, they should have a bit more contrast. The pumpkin is in between, there are good parts but it could use more contrast too.
    The lil shining star is for the optional, I don't know if you did one, Spartan Camp is kind of crazy lately, I can't keep track of my own posts either anymore

    Strato: There are different methods, I know the one with overlapping forms myself, sometimes I use it (but my favourite is a simplified skeleton with correct sized and shaped main masses). I don't have a link to show what I talk about, though...
    Keep experimenting There are several methods, find the one that suits you best.
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    ashess - chow wips look stylish no4 his right arm/shoulder looks off, either its a really long humerus or his shoulder should be twisted further away from us towards his head

    Strato - can certainly see development as those pages go on. Something must be clicking in your perception of form

    darkops - nice paintings, poses are interesting kinda like silhouettes

    Not much yet but i've not been lazy i swear! Feeling wonderfully motivated all i need now is focus. Here's what ive got done today before i hit the gym. Might go for some heads or skeleton constructions this week, for now its time to crash out.
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    I've participated only once before in the Spartan Camp challenge, and really loved it. Since I'm concentrating on anatomy and figure studies I'll participate once more and try to participate in the future spartan camp challenges!

    I'll also try to critique for the benefit of others, I'm just not very good at it :/
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    garbage day

    All up in dat camp again
    Continuing the "Way of the Mannikin" I'm drawing a little bit slower, and bigger, adding some more lines to the structure.

    Ashess - I like the line quality in these ones. #3 looks like Michael's Creation I Like the form of the muscles too
    Darkops - The color studies are great! Maybe define more forms in the gesture?
    Strato - Yes! those last 2 are definite improvement. It's working.
    Azimuth - Oh those flow lines @_@ ! Love em

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    Some further experimentation with defining only the most important lines I can see. I'm hoping to apply this to my regular more volumetric style, and get somewhere. That being said, this is a LOT of fun.
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    Strato - looking better and better
    Obracmar - heh i take it those are your neighbours? totally flashed to rear window
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    @azimuth- the no 4 was a copy off ref michaelangelo too, and I dont think I made the arm any longer then inthe picture. but I totally get what you're saying. the entire picture looks a bit off to me. I think it's because I had trouble understanding what was going on. I just kindof copied where every thing was, but didnt really 'get' what was going on behind the drawing.
    I like your line figures; very rythmic. some migth be getting too short in the legs, like no 5 and 8. the heads, good arithmetic approach, but I think you want to put the eye sockets halfway the entire face, not just half waht the ball. also your chin line defiates very strongly. sometimes it recedes, but very often you let it stick out. no 10 makes it go to 1 side. use the lower line of the eye sockets to guide our chin line.

    @kerah- welcome, show us some stuff!

    @obacmar: pin-pong! you win a prize. those reffed ones were all migaelangelo works. nice action on your taking out the trash guys. 3 and 4 might be a bit short in the lower back. the garderner no 8 def has short legs.
    @strato- good job; first page has first too short & other too a bit thin. last one is awesome though!

    heres mine. tried not to ref anything; and not to use too many lines. still grabbed the eraser some times. last is from life.
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