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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #310 on: November 11, 2012, 11:12:31 pm
That video certainly made it sound and look easy. Then I tried it myself without looking at the images from the video at first. Problems encountered: Unless I'm missing something, he does not explain how to arrive (how to construct) at the volumes for the planes he shows so I was still unable to construct an arbitrary nose from that (have to practice drawing random planes in arbitrary rotations first, heh).

So I tried to copy the planes he showed with mixed success. So well... some of the information he gave in that video is very valuable indeed, especially the bits about the underlying anatomy. I wish he would provide construction instructions as well, building up the nose from really simple volumes until it arrives at the detailed planes shown in the end.

Or maybe I expected too much, some sort of magical shortcut but there does not seem to be a way around detailed studies and maybe it will only start making sense after drawing a lot of different noses from real life references...

So, the following image shows me struggling to find an easy way to construct the nose, still not quite there yet but with the information from that video, already an improvement over my previous nose attempts:

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #311 on: November 12, 2012, 10:38:34 pm
Watched his video again. Tried building the nose from the anatomy he shows. Setting up the nasal bone first and then attaching those blue things and then the red things last seems to work well for the construction:



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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #312 on: November 14, 2012, 02:18:44 am
These are all very good studies; he also has a video where he draws a nose from reference with the knowledge from the video I showed you;  it may help some as he still goes through simplified steps.

In the 3/4 nose in the latest image the bone is slightly caved in and the tip flattened and flared out, really try to imagine the 3-D structures moving ins space

Keep working. I admire your dedication.

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #313 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 #314 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 #315 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.  :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lDBWnGGYvc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtNmqFiu4NY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-e-GjuNuA0

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #316 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 #317 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 #318 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSgnxARaoQ

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Re: Official Anatomy Thread

Reply #319 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).