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    Critiquing on Anatomy/Proportions?

    I was browsing finally finished today and came across a set of pictures that, while in need of some improvement, got the critique that the bodies were out of proportion - legs too short and arms, torsos too long. And I was looking at these pictures and thinking I've seen WAY WORSE in real life. I've seen people with ridiculously short legs and unbelievably long ones, and arms. So what are we critiquing based on? Some average? what about variety? What if I'm drawing Matthew Mcconaughey (http://barefoot.provocateuse.com/ima...naughey_09.jpg).


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    I think everything has to be in the context of the picture/subject. Solid anatomy helps
    to break the rules effectively which can make a picture work when all the elements are in place.

    It's all pretty subjective, but sometimes its glaringly obvious where an unintentional flaw is trying to
    get fudged in by the artist or is otherwise bringing down the rest of the picture. A good solid gesture
    can go a really long way to make a picture work where anatomy is unusual.

    Exaggerated anatomy is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nofu View Post
    What if I'm drawing Matthew Mcconaughey (http://barefoot.provocateuse.com/ima...naughey_09.jpg).
    erm pardon, what? are you saying that hes got proportions that stand for variety? why? based on that picture?
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    i didn't even click the link...is that like some kind of foot fetish site?

    hahaha

    Critiquing on Anatomy/Proportions?

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    lol i didnt read the url, its not though

    [edit] looks nice though http://barefoot.provocateuse.com/ima.naughty_09.jpg
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    As for poor Matt...I think that just an awkward pose he has in that photo.

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    Matthew has short legs and arms compared to his torso, enough to stand out imo. Look at where those elbows reach.

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    well thats taken at a fraction of a second in mid action... what do you expect... the proportions are fine though along with the 7.5 heads male (which i consider way more natural than 8 heads btw)
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    Well, I think you are right, people while critiquing are normally thinking on perfect proportions, but is hard to say when someone is trying something new or just don´t know how to draw.

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    Mybe a better picture, ignore the text http://www.waleg.com/celebrities/images/mmcc-abs.jpg. As compared to I have elbows that reach slightly below my bellybutton and I have a short torso compared to everything else.

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    I think I can kind of see what you are getting at...when I type in Matthew Mcconaughey
    in google, I got a "short arms" search query option...so clearly you are not alone in this.
    I've never noticed before. It's like when you notice Shannen Doherty has one eye higher
    than the other...after you see it. You'll always see it:

    http://alexplorer.net/humor/shannen/doherty.html

    But as I said, it takes more than knowledge of ideal anatomy to make a picture work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nofu View Post
    Matthew has short legs and arms compared to his torso, enough to stand out imo. Look at where those elbows reach.
    thats not what i get from this picture... its just foreshortening on his upperarms... theyre bent back... also foreshortening on his legs. thats the main trap of believing in photography as a perfect representation. to me as said his proportions are perfectly fine even in this pic.
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    i dont get it ...

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    great links arshes ty.
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    I guess I don't understand what the original post is about. We can never critique anatomy because Matthew Mc. has short arms? Maybe you can make your concerns a little clearer by giving an example of a specific concern you have when some critiqued a piece?

    The most important thing to remember is that reality is never as important as the picture. Just because a photo says it's right doesn't mean that it's right. Make the picture work. An experienced artist, and even many not so experienced artists, can tell if the anatomy is not working whether it is accurate or not.

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