Ehh, Posemaniacs' crazy positions are nothing but just cameras tilted and so, They'd train you better on a higher level of thinking, I guess so.
Originally Posted by Xeon_OND
I also draw from photos but when drawing from photos, I immediately after the gesture and construction stage directly turn realist and produce a realist copy rather than work on value using construction.
Life drawing, well... I've got no models here, atleast not around my area, and Models are... extremely expensive here; I live in Cairo.
I already knew a lot about figurative drawing, but Vilppu's Anatomical shapes are not clear at all, It is near-impossible to comprehend what is he talking about in relation to anatomy, I overviewed Hampton's sections on anatomy and they are much clearer, I plan to finally finish Vilppu's sections on shade today + a PoseManiacs session then move on to Norling's Perspective Made Easy, It's time to tackle the mystery out of perspective!
I do have his drawing manual and some of his DVDs, but personally, I find that the drawing manual is too brief for beginners. If one already knows something about figurative drawing prior to reading it, then one can more easily understand what he's talking about.
Ehh, Unmanaged then, I guess then that I should not buy it then, It costs toooo much here =D;
I seldom use his manual except for copying his gesture drawings in chapter 1 quite some time ago. His DVDs are better, but for someone my level, it gets rather overwhelming at times, since the master himself tends to delve into lots of anatomy and the nuts and bolts of things.
Sheldon's vids? I'll check them out; I seem to get better feedback on Hampton =D;
I use Hampton's book as my main source of learning since it's easier to digest, then refer to Vilppu's vids when needed. I'm also refering to Sheldon's anatomy vids (Sheldon Borenstein = one of Vilppu's more famous student), since it's easier to understand than Vilppu's as well.
The construction stage is easy and It's equally applicable to both drawings and photos, I do not copy contours, I do that with the Bargue Plates [I downloaded em!] but not with Vilppu; Construction is really, really easy. Simplifying a shape into basic shapes is very easy and I really did not get why Vilppu had me simplifying the human body into 3 different shapes before finally putting them together into cylinders, seemed useless for me!
I don't really copy drawings from books, although I do use them as reference, and after understanding the stuff, I try to construct my own version based on them. Not sure if you're doing the same, but I find that copying drawings, especially copying the contour lines
of drawings in books, helps little.
[QUOTE]LOL, I've tried that before, but what I do now is to collect pics from porn sites (girl-only poses with no intercourse whatsoever) and then use Irfanview to slideshow the images every 90 seconds for gestures. Have about 859 images in my hard disk now. You should try it too! [QUOTE
You can alter Irfanview's Slideshow's time? That would be wonderful... But well, I do not really like keeping collecting porn pictures myself, heck, If I don't draw em right away, I'd most likely get a hard-on, and you know the rest!
Eh.. Not really, My camera is really a crappy one and It's takin a while to fix my scanner, but most likely I'll have a one by next month.
Btw, do you have a SB somewhere? LOL
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