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    What's the best way to learn how to draw real-looking humans from imagination?

    Sorry for the long title, but I'm in desperate need of some direction on where to go. All of my figure drawings and faces look either like caricatures or cartoon characters. I want to learn how to draw and shade real-looking humans, preferably traditionally since sketching (or doing anything detailed) is kind of a pain in a digital format... but that's a whole another thing.

    I know that anatomy is important, I'm currently reading a book on it (Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck). But besides that, I don't know where to go. What kind of studies should I be doing to work towards this goal?


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    Study the real thing through constructive anatomy.
    An excellent source is http://www.proko.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque View Post
    An excellent source is http://www.proko.com
    I've been watching his videos for a couple of years but the shapes that he wants us to draw are really complicated to replicate. His video on the pelvis comes to mind. Not only do I not understand his analogy of a bucket, but the illustration he came up with looks nothing like a pelvis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehecod View Post
    I've been watching his videos for a couple of years but the shapes that he wants us to draw are really complicated to replicate. His video on the pelvis comes to mind. Not only do I not understand his analogy of a bucket, but the illustration he came up with looks nothing like a pelvis.
    That’s because Proko’s youtube videos are just demos. You need to buy the premium course. Premium has 3d references to learn to draw the bucket pelvis, which is essential. Whithout reference you probably won’t get far with any of his lessons.

    I am not as skilled as the people around here. But even I know this isn’t supposed to be easy. If you can’t handle his anatomy course then his figure drawing fundamentals might be best for you.

    I tried all of the youtube teachers you could imagine. The vast majority are just a waste of time as anatomy goes.

    I ended up buying proko’s anatomy premium course with no regrets. Currently studying his premium lesson on joints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehecod View Post
    I've been watching his videos for a couple of years but the shapes that he wants us to draw are really complicated to replicate. His video on the pelvis comes to mind. Not only do I not understand his analogy of a bucket, but the illustration he came up with looks nothing like a pelvis.
    Don't just watch: draw! Proko's construction is not an illustration, it is the essence of the pelvis as a scaffolding for anatomy.
    If you find this hard to replicate, take a step back, and practice construction drawing: build a cup and saucer from cilinders, and try your hand at other man-made objects...
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    Proko is a fantastic teacher, but here is another instructor on (new on Youtube) who I've found helpful:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNP...mhLGQ/featured

    The videos are usually 30 minutes+.

    For figure drawing, look at this video and see if it is helpful:


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    Thanks, I'll check this out later! I was actually watching one of Marc Leone's videos earlier (called "THE BASICS: Your three best friends-Cube, Sphere, Cylinder"), he has a very clear way of describing things without getting overly complicated or derailing off topic.

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    Indeed, and I love Marc's drawing style as well.

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