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    BW's Sketchbook of boring Anatomy from the bones on out! Now on Muscles!

    I always wanted to be able to draw at the level of comic book artist ever since I was a kid.

    Figured it was a talent you either had or didn't. I was always "OK" at drawing but nothing special. I would draw on and off in high school then years later in college after a 5 year stint in the USN. Last time I was in an "ON" phase was around 2005-2006 time frame. Mostly drawing album covers that weren't too hard for me.

    Recently I have revisited the idea of drawing and learning how to, that like anything else, you can practice and improve.

    I have goals, to be better at every thing drawing, mostly to make stuff realistic!

    Any and all advice is appreciated.

    Oh, and thanks for looking!


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    Since Sept this year in some what chronological order

    Bone Studies

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    All HB lead and the first full on 'Portrait' face I ever tried
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    Random stuff from last month

    Had trouble with hand and feet and how to line in muscle...

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    Hogarth Studies

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    Bridgman (and Bridgman like) studies

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    And some eyes

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    Sorry about the multitude of post but it was the only way I could figure out how to post stuff

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    Hey, welcome to the forums and great start so far. You're practicing the things you need to be. What I'd suggest is to add perspective studies into all of this. Accurate construction and being able to draw 3D forms is crucial, so that'll be your best area to focus on. Keep it up.

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    Bridgman and Hogarth studies. The heads gave me trouble, the features. I haven't drawn features in a face for too long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFrenik View Post
    Hey, welcome to the forums and great start so far. You're practicing the things you need to be. What I'd suggest is to add perspective studies into all of this. Accurate construction and being able to draw 3D forms is crucial, so that'll be your best area to focus on. Keep it up.
    Thanks, I looked at your perspective stuff, yeah, I need to add that in.

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    Hey there, welcome to the forums! You have some great studies in here so far, and it looks like you're really dedicated to improving.

    My advice is that you should try to work from life as well. It really helps you develop your ability to recreate what you see, improve your understanding of perspective, and get a better sense of how to make your drawings feel more 3-dimensional. When you always draw from flat, 2-dimensional source material, it's hard to move beyond that in your own drawings. Drawing from life is tough so start with really simple shapes and try to recreate the subject as accurately as you can. Getting a good feeling for drawing simple 3-dimensional shapes with correct perspective from different angles will also help your anatomical work as well because a complex form like the human body is essentially made up of lots and lots of simple shapes put together.

    Good luck and keep posting!

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    1st attempt at glass

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    The original Quadzilla Mr. Platz

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    1st attempt at hand studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    Hey there, welcome to the forums! You have some great studies in here so far, and it looks like you're really dedicated to improving.

    My advice is that you should try to work from life as well. It really helps you develop your ability to recreate what you see, improve your understanding of perspective, and get a better sense of how to make your drawings feel more 3-dimensional. When you always draw from flat, 2-dimensional source material, it's hard to move beyond that in your own drawings. Drawing from life is tough so start with really simple shapes and try to recreate the subject as accurately as you can. Getting a good feeling for drawing simple 3-dimensional shapes with correct perspective from different angles will also help your anatomical work as well because a complex form like the human body is essentially made up of lots and lots of simple shapes put together.

    Good luck and keep posting!
    I need to do this as well, thanks for the reminder. My problem is when I sit down to draw stuff from 'life' I just don't know what to draw! I got a ton of kid toys around, maybe I'll look at drawing those more. I've drawn a few of them when I was first getting into this

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    Scott Robertson: Basic Perspective Form Drawing - This DVD helped me out the most, not only to get started with the fundamentals of perspective drawing but how to go about practicing confident, accurate line work. Definitely check it out.

    David Chelsea: Perspective for Comic Artists
    - A good supplemental (free) resource to the aforementioned video. Using both of these together should get you started off nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFrenik View Post
    Scott Robertson: Basic Perspective Form Drawing - This DVD helped me out the most, not only to get started with the fundamentals of perspective drawing but how to go about practicing confident, accurate line work. Definitely check it out.

    David Chelsea: Perspective for Comic Artists
    - A good supplemental (free) resource to the aforementioned video. Using both of these together should get you started off nicely.
    Awesome thank you!

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    You are going in the right direction.

    Drawing from life is simple. Start with yourself. Draw your own hands and feet. Get a mirror and draw yourself with different expressions and lighting conditions.

    Then start with your home. If you live with people or pets draw them. You will be surprised how still someone is when they watch TV.

    Next go outside and sketch people in the mall and at the park.

    Please, please stop complaining about what you're having trouble with; just draw. It'll get better.

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    yeah it doesn't matter that much what you draw, just get that practice in, life is the ultimate reference so anything goes.

    I want to reiterate the importance of studying perspective because I only understood recently how important it actually is. Knowing how to draw a cube in space in proper perspective solves SO MANY problems in art it's crazy...even understanding it just a little better has helped me out a lot. doing perspective stuff is a bit dull but trust me when i say it'll be worth it.

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=271739 - my sketchbook, feel free to drop by
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    Bridgman

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    Bridgman inspired studies

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    From today

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    WIP of Tom Platz
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    Overall I feel my figures are getting a little looser and can draw them faster. Less of a mechanical effort.

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    Just pledged to this, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ers-of-anatomy, looks real promising!

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    Cheers for stopping by my SB man. I see prodigious output of work in here and that's always a good way to improve, I suggest watching your proportions and have a look into the sight size methods, I think it will help a lot with your anatomy studies. I already see improvement in these latest studies so keep pushing man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminJL92 View Post
    Cheers for stopping by my SB man. I see prodigious output of work in here and that's always a good way to improve, I suggest watching your proportions and have a look into the sight size methods, I think it will help a lot with your anatomy studies. I already see improvement in these latest studies so keep pushing man!
    Hey, you're right. Proportion has been a huge focus for my goals. I'll look more into sight size methods. I've noticed on some of figures I'll end up with torsos a little too long, thighs/calfs that are not in proportion to each other or maybe the torso etc etc...

    I just call it good as a learning experience and worked the next one

    Appreciate the help!

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    Vader Fan Art

    Needed a break from figure studies. The reference I used made his helmet look pretty tall. Looks better on the paper and better at an angle

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