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    Anatomy practice, am I doing the right things?

    Hello everyone it's nice to come out of the shadows and join the community, I was hoping some of you could give me some advice/crit on my practice regime and drawings. I get a few hours most nights, after kids and work, to practice. I've read some advice that I should concentrate on practising a specific element for a while in order to see better progression, so I've chosen to start with heads and draw 100, concentrating mostly on accurate feature placement, though going further with the last drawing of the night usually. After head's I'll move onto another body section, hands & arms then fett and legs, then torso's then whole bodies. Till I'm happy with anatomy. After anatomy I'll move onto colour, composition perspective etc. Then at some point I'll start trying to pull the characters out of my head. Since I've been toiling in pretty much isolation except for tutorial videos, I was hoping someone with real knowledge could tell me if I'm working smart or stupid, and also crit my practice pieces to see if there are things I'm missing.

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    Before starting the heads I usually do half hour of gesture/sketches just so I don't get blinkered, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, feel free to be brutally honest, I really want to improve. For the next few days i'm going to be looking at the muscles in the lips and mouth I think that's a weak point.
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    Yes, you are doing the right thing. Go on.

    Anatomy wise, pay more attention to the lower half of the face. Study the form of lips, how they relate to chin and nose, how the jaw bones define the shape of the mouth.
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    Good work, although I suggest you pick up complete bodies earlier, for instance through Loomis mannikin.
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    Thank s for the responses I had another little go last night, I found a 3d scan of a skull and looked at some muscle diagram for around the mouth, I'll spend the next few days on mouths and chins.

    Anatomy practice, am I doing the right things?

    I'll move whole bodies up in my schedule, probably after heads, it makes more sense that way I just didn't realise it till you said.
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