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Spartan Camp #222 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Balance Study"
The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 6th of May.
- 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 Balance Study", in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
A convincing figure has a sense of weight and balance to it. This weeks optional study will focus on finding ways to figure out and implement weight distribution.
How do we practice and study weight and balance? This is a bit of a tough one for me, so I've included numerous links. As can be seen in the resources below, there are different ways to go about it.
- Drawing a vertical line through the figure's center of gravity to the ground is one of them (see link #5). The rest of the body can then be balanced around this central line, giving you some guidance.
- You can draw lines to define the angle under which pelvis and shoulders are placed, helping you balance out the figure. Especially useful if you're going for a Contrapposto kind of pose, which is very common (and a good exercise). Here's a good example.
For now, let's focus on a single figure study where you implement one or several of these tools to create a balanced, solid pose.
A list of resources can be found below:
Reference and Tutorials:
Link1 - Overall info.
Link2 - Some good discussion.
Link3 - Video example using the nose as a point of reference. Seems to me this does not always apply, but an interesting view nonetheless.
Link4 - Google books link.
Link5 - Good advise on the center of gravity.
Next weeks optional:
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 #221
Last edited by Anthis; May 2nd, 2012 at 03:53 PM.
a bit hard pressed for time this week
so just a few random imaginative gestures/figures
I'll check the links about balance, I never knew enough of this important topic.
Hi people, I'm on hiatus now, at one point I simple stopped drawing. Being lazy, planning motorbike tours are kinda boring after a while so I probably will return but I never will be able to be as crappy and half-assed as before, I can't do that anymore. I feel I'm less than a complete beginner at drawing, with some knowledge I never really use.
Some animal drawings may happen this week, I've read a few books with nice drawings and they are simply way too tempting. I'm not interested in figures now.
Just a tiny stuff.
These are from last week but I didn't show them yet.
Those with marks next to them are ones from imagination. Not many, but I find it alot harder to draw from imagination when i'm already struggling with references. Clothes and fashions are difficult to draw - especially since the proportions need to overlay the basic proportions of the human body. So I have to keep in mind the naked body and its proportions and then consider how the proportions of the clothes/style fit on that.
also some Bridgeman.
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 7th, 2012 at 01:49 AM.
Little-Maiden Man I like your last cloth studies.
I was busy with Chow#286, so done only 100 / 30sec gestures so far
Long time no see
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a la bapsi; Thanks for showing us some true gestures again, also reminds me how these should be done. Great job at defining the core emotion and action. Also love the variation in line weight, I wonder how you do that.
AdrianNagorski; The ones from imagation are always fun to look at. Seems you're gradually easing into it. I also like how you experiment between using those oval shapes in the first scans, and the simpler definitions in the last scan.
shiNIN; Don't worry about the messyness, that should get cleaner by itself as you get more confident. Your anatomy is quite solid, you know? Don't forget to actually draw for fun just as much as you study!
Little-Maiden; Completely agreed on the difficulty of clothing. You got a great approach though, mixing reference and imagination. The ones from imagination are a little simpler on design. Takes some practice designing clothes! Solid faces too, only the last two of the third image look.. off.
MartinC; Pretty solid! Especially those proportions seem to be improving. You seem to be working on quite a small scale though. Or perhaps it just looks that way, hmmm. Good luck on Chow!
eclip-se; Welcome back! These are quite different from what I'm often seeing, but I love how it's going. Eager to see how this works out in your figures, it seems like a strong method. Feel free to upload bigger versions!