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This is more or less a thread created to house various projects for any mentees I have now or in the future. The focus of this thread is STUDIES from reference. Though there may be more open and fun projects down the road, the purpose of this thread is to help give beginners or low intermediates a clear path that will hopefully make grasping the basics a little easier for them.
I AM NO PRO The activities in this thread are mostly based around my experiences, and include projects that I've found useful in my own development. Please don't take my word as gospel, and for the love of His Noodly Appendage don't you dare think that everything you need to get better will be found within the confines of this topic. Keep an open mind, learn from everything.
The basic setup: I have 2 mentees right now, Aila and Ilahmec (I thought I had more but they dissapeared) so I'm set.
The projects are based around my mentees and what they need. We will be starting with some general things to do but it may quickly change, with each mentee getting their own custom projects based on their weaknesses. If you want to do these projects along with my mentees feel free, but please, do not post your work in this thread expecting for critique and/or direction unless you are my mentee. This thread is for my mentees and their development, and even though I'd like to help everyone this thread would get too full, too fast. I would suggest posting it in your sketchbook and asking for critique there.
I currently have: 1 spot open. Please PM me if you would like to sign up.
Please sign up only if you are dedicated enough to meet a loose, weekly deadline.
This week's activity
Part 1 of 3 anatomy study; the torso
Before covering things like value, mechanics, nature etc, we should cover anatomy. Why try to put accurate values on potentially inaccurate anatomy? No amount of value-work or colour-work will save inaccurate line-work, and no amount of nicely rendered nature scenes or cool spaceships will help characters with bad anatomy.
So this will be a 3 part series on muscles: week 1 - the torso, week 2 - the arms, week 3 - the legs. The studies contain two separate parts: 1: study the muscles by direct copy from muscle diagrams and 2: draw accurate muscles on models drawn from reference. The first part will help develop your sense of the different muscles, where they attach and their basic form. The second part is more or less practical application; finding out how muscles work in different positions.
Part 1 - Here are several diagrams detailing the human torso. Along with part 2, these should be copied within a week or so;
Part 2 - After copying these, now comes the practical application portion. What I would like you to do is select at least 2 pictures featuring the bare, human torso. If you're feeling ambitious, you could select 4; one from the male front, one for the male back, and the same for the female torso. 2 should be enough though, just try to make sure they aren't from the same angle.
After you have them selected, draw these torsos as if they were flayed, as if you could clearly see the muscles as per the diagrams. Use the diagrams (and any other material) as reference. Here is an example of what I mean (the actual sketch is on the top left, overlayed onto my ref.)
So to recap - sketches of those 3 diagrams (don't worry too much about rendering, but try to show the form of the muscles. for the interior, you don't have to draw every single bone, only the ones connecting to the muscle for placement) and at least 2 flayed torsos.
Good luck and if you have any questions just ask