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    Effective techniques of gaining knowledge of the human form?

    Hello,

    I just wanted to say that only a few months back did I even start enquiring about getting to grips with anatomy. And I was wondering if any of you guys had any processes, activities or anything of the sort that has really helped you with your anatomy?


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    Well since everyone has just told you to "practice practice practice", i'll share a little more information with you.

    I always start with a stick figure (rough skeletal system) then build rough muscles on top, then finally add skin and such. The process ensures i have an anatomically correct figure long before details are added, and if changes are required, all i need to do is correct a stick figure and not an already developed figure. It also helps when you want to mock up whole scenes with proper perspective too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blog
    I was wondering if any of you guys had any processes, activities or anything of the sort that has really helped you with your anatomy?
    Absolutely! It's called practice. The more the better.
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    Blog I still have a shitload to learn about anatomy but I've been getting better latley. What helped me was just to draw and practice and THINK how the bones affect the skin and how it moves etc. God, I don't want to say this but life drawing really helped, so go if you have one near to you, it really helps.

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    Lots of live figure drawing and of course never stop, you keep learning from them.
    First get some intro classes and when you have the basics, move on to uninstructed workshops.
    Short poses are better than long poses, as you get more mileage out of them.
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    Dude, profil, how the hell did you get into a life drawing class? You're 15, there is age restrictions! They've actually recently started doing life drawing classes in my school, in the art department. Every tuesday or so I think. Do you think I should go? I know it would help tremendously. Any other techniques other than life drawing classes?

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    Copy master drawings all day long, but I would attend the classes, copying can be tedious and boring.
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    draw!heheh.. I find self portraits are a great way to learn
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    Quote Originally Posted by blog
    Hello,

    I just wanted to say that only a few months back did I even start enquiring about getting to grips with anatomy. And I was wondering if any of you guys had any processes, activities or anything of the sort that has really helped you with your anatomy?
    It will sure help if you can find an article all on human proportions (telling you excatly how each body part compare to another).

    What I found helpful was to break the human body down into parts. For example, you can choose to break a person into his/her head, torso, hands, arms, thighs, calves, and feet. Then you proceed to study them extensively one by one. Say if you start with hands, you do some sketches of hands to find out how you can draw it best (eg, break it down in to parts again, separate palm from fingers). If you have a model of a hand then it would be perfect (you want to look at it from all angles and perhaps even feel it to get a better idea of its form in 3 dimensions). Once you're happy with hands, repeat for all other body parts. Then you proceed to practice drawing all these parts together as a single person.

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    ok, here's what is a good way to learn anatomy according to me.
    1. Proportions, learn them by heart so when you see something off, you'll notice it.
    2. Skeleton.
    3. Muscles

    then just practice practice practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens
    Don't forget DYNAMICS.. we've had enough stiff figures posed figures in art history. You might even want to draw something that ISN'T correct to get the dynamics right.
    And rhythym! Even dynmaic poses can appear awkward or stiff if the masses of the body aren't balanced off properly with rhythym. I was in life drawing class the other day and I drew the torso and pelvis going in the same direction instead of opposing each other, that was disastrous.
    Most life drawing instructors don't care what someone's age is, if they are willing to learn the human figure that's good enough for them. Unquestionably attend those life drawing clasdses, blog!

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    I always thought Europe was a little bit more liberal about minors seeing nudity?

    Anyway, find a Life Drawing class. I think I attended one when I was sixteen, but I didn't tell anybody.....since people are overly opinionated when you're a teenager. I highly recommend you treat your fellow teenage peers like mushrooms.....keep'm in the dark and feed'm shit.....even treat some adults that way.

    Mostly out of fear they might discourage you from taking a life drawing class.

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    Yeah I was knida worried about the shit I'd recieve from peers!

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    And thanks a lot profil, jens, wild spruce moose, noserider for the help. Apprecieate it! I think I should visit the lounge more often. I learn quite a lot from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSeRider
    I always thought Europe was a little bit more liberal about minors seeing nudity?

    Yup, correct. There are nude women and men on daytime television after all, and they don't edit their swear words. Personally a boob here and there doesn't offend me either I don't know why its different here.

    Figure drawing classes helped me LOADS. There is a definite difference in my art the week before figure drawing classes and the week after I took a few. Its really amazing. Plus seeing the model live and in person helps you think of their body as something 3D rather than attempting to wrap your mind around the contours in your imagination as you would with a photograph.
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