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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #280 on: November 15, 2012, 12:03:13 am
Trying. Really trying. I have trouble imagining how everything appears from different angles. I think I need to build me a nose model as well, so I can study it.

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #281 on: November 16, 2012, 12:03:08 am
Just wasted 2h making this odd looking nose model:

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #282 on: November 18, 2012, 10:49:23 pm


Started recording stuff so I can watch it afterwards to better note where I go wrong.

Screwed up the hair on the first one (looks like viewed a bit from the top while the rest ist from below). Second one got a weird mouth which doesn't follow the volume of the head. Third one has nose, mouth, ear, neck and chin troubles. Feels like instead of making progress, I'm getting worse.  :(

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #283 on: November 19, 2012, 05:07:57 am
I think you could stand to construct a little more Dennis, you move into detail a bit too fast, a problem I also struggle with. Placing the cheek bones earlier would help immensely, once you get those in you can go through and define the side and front planes of the head easily, then move onto the brow and cheek planes. You seem to be just guessing where the mouth goes, remember that the mouth sits over the teeth, which are easily defined as a cylinder. And when you construct eyes consider that the eyeball is a sphere that sits inside the skull, and what you see is the part of that sphere that is uncovered by the skull, and then once again by the eye lids. Hopefully there is something in there that might help, you're definitely on the right track.

Been a while since I've posted here, started an animation course which I've just finished the first year of. Figured I would post some stuff from my life drawing sketchbook, most were done during semester break in July, the last two were a couple of weeks ago.
20 min, 10 min

10 min, 20 min

5 min, 15 min


I have some done over longer periods on a1 but no camera to get a picture with unfortunately.

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #284 on: November 20, 2012, 12:09:24 am
Those life studies are looking good, except maybe that the first one has quite childlike proportions and the third ones' arm/hand look a tad too long/big.


Yes, I really need to force myself to go more slowly and to overcome my impatience while drawing.

So today, I tried to extend the construction phase and to correct more errors while drawing (still missed some I think, the far eye placement seems a bit odd and there's definitely something wrong with the chin region and the neck):

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #285 on: November 21, 2012, 11:29:37 pm
I'm starting to feel a bit like a spammer again, posting almost every day.  :(

Still practicing construction and trying to improve my patience by going slower.
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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #286 on: November 22, 2012, 02:47:24 am
I'm a lefty too. You should really try loosening up, using a soft pencil, and going slow. I have the same tendency to over-construct with this absurd precision, and a mechanical pencil really lets you give in to that temptation. Loomis and them give good guides on constructing the head, but I feel you're following it too rigidly.

I also believe that you're focusing too much on the details, and losing sight of the image as a whole. Don't use these construction techniques as a crutch in place of seeing the whole of the thing you're drawing. I find it best to work top down, getting the whole of the thing right, and then working in the details. Because when you go from detail to detail, they don't come together right (which is what seems to be happening in your drawings).

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #287 on: November 27, 2012, 12:34:57 am
Hm... but if I try to loosen up and not pay proper attention to the construction, everything ends up oddly distorted and out of proportion again:


After that I fired up Blender to make a small model which shall aid me in constructing the basic ball and jaw. I can use this to peek how circles wrap around the flattened ball in 3D and how the basic jawline appears from different angles:

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #288 on: November 27, 2012, 10:47:02 pm
Acquired some new pencils today, ranging from 5H to 5B. It's a lot easier to draw the soft construction lines (almost invisible and easy to remove) with a hard pencil.



edit (some sloppy fixes, addressing feature placement issues, utilizing the 3D model)
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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #289 on: November 28, 2012, 12:42:13 am
It's really inspiring how much work you're putting into this. Not often are people this for real when they say 'I'm going to study'.

Here's a token of my support for the inspiration you've given.



The work you've done with noses shows. The thing I had to edit less was the nose. The volumes are there. You probably understand noses better than I do now, the rest is just draftsmanship.

But do you see what you have to do next? You have to learn how to de-symbolize eyes, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair etc all of that next. Step by step, get to a more solid understanding of a face. The way you do lips specifically look like mr. potato lips because you haven't gotten the hang of lips being part of the skin. You append them on the face. But they're just folds. Blood-red folds with lots of nerve endings. By far the most difficult part of the face after the eye to de-symbolize and draw "as it really is". I am not even halfway there either, but it's a useful middle step to look at.

I am awful at necks, just completely invented, but again, perhaps it's an encouraging middle step between where you are and where someone who really knows how to draw would do it.

Please carry on with your studies.