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February 13th, 2012 #1
Advice on anatomy studies
Basically i want to know how to go about doing them. I want to draw things like this;
Is it worth it to keep doing classic anatomy studies? They've improved my understanding of how the body moves and how to build forms properly, but i feel like they're not really helping me develop a style akin to the one above. Any advice?
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February 13th, 2012 #2
I'm not the expert on anatomy. But you need some understanding first to distort and exaggerate it without it seeming completely off, no?
February 13th, 2012 #3
yeah thats about the size of it, but i want to know some good ways for me to bridge the two. To take what i get from the anatomy studies and apply it to my style.
February 13th, 2012 #4
Also, just because you like the style of a particular comic doesn't mean you have to be blind to its flaws. So you put good anatomy together with simplification and exaggeration and hopefully you get something good out.
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February 14th, 2012 #8
And of course if you can analyze a style critically you can start adapting the bits you notice. A lot of it is just trial and error. A few years back I was into cartoonizing photos -- finding random photos of people on the net, breaking them down and exaggerating the poses, body types, attitude and so on. Like full-body caricatures. Caricatures, by the way, are interesting and difficult and they're good practice too, if you can handle the frustration of having some really ugly art.
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February 14th, 2012 #11
I think absolutely more classic figure studies will help. I think the more you draw the body, and the more natural it starts coming to you, the more you naturally develop your own shortcuts and "style" for representing the figure. I think at first you draw as closely to what you see as you can, but the more familiar you become, the more your own voice starts to come out.
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February 14th, 2012 #13
thanks for all the great input everyone. I've already checked out a few of the suggestions and they look very promising!