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  1. WIP Drawing before painting

    Hey guys. Recently got into making more detailed prep drawings for my large scale, acrylic paintings. Looking for feedback on any and everything before I start slopping the paint about. Thanks for checking it out!

    The idea here is to combine some renaissance type imagery with a more contemporary power struggle/egomania scenario.

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    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    This one looks more like a test sketch than a preliminary drawing for painting. I'd expect the preliminary drawing to show much more precise treatment of form and anatomy and perspective and other fundamentals that should be solved before you start "slopping the paint around". Otherwise the likelihood that you'll fumble and waste time is too big.

    In other words: unless you want it in "distorted expressionism", tighten the drawing before you paint.

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  4. Thanks for checking it out arenhaus. Any particulars on where my anatomy or whatever is off?? I've been staring at this too long to see glaring problems.

    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    The faces and bodies.

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    My first thought was that they all have really short legs. Better to first nail down the anatomy and pose before you dress them up, methinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rseward View Post
    Thanks for checking it out arenhaus. Any particulars on where my anatomy or whatever is off?? I've been staring at this too long to see glaring problems.
    Everywhere, I am afraid. :/ Your proportions are all over the place, you got people with short legs, people with one of their shoulders much wider than the other, people with necks connecting impossibly to their chests... and so on, and so on.

    I'd suggest you build this scene from basic shapes - boxes and balls - and go from there. It's easier to get the perspective right with simple shapes, and use them as guidelines to build the anatomy later.

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  8. Ah! Ok, I see what you're talking about with the legs. I did some prelim sketches for each figure, but I seem to have hobbitized their lower halves. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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