Learning Project: Bodies as Shapes

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Yet again I progress with my learning project. This time, I take a look at Foervraengd’s tutorials, this time focusing on “Drawing the Base” of bodies. She introduces works and influences by Vilppu, Bammes, and Mentler. (I’ve included links for two of the three people mentioned, but I could not find anything on Mentler himself.) She discusses different techniques to drawing bodies.

The new method really helped me out. It provided a base to draw muscles off of, so that I was not struggling with placement in the void of the white paper. Towards the end, I brought out colored leads to use. I even used a few poses off of PoseManiacs to refer off of. I felt much more comfortable with what I was doing!

Here are my works for this segment:

Practicing cubes. Looks like my markers bled through the page a bit, but since this was just a practice page, that's fine.

Practicing cubes. Looks like my markers bled through the page a bit, but since this was just a practice page, that’s fine.

Foervraengd has many different influences, such as Vilpu Bammes' work. He focused on vertical parts in bodies.

Foervraengd has many different influences, such as Vilpu Bammes’ work. He focused on vertical parts in bodies.

I redrew the imagine on Foervrvaengd's second tutorial page, and gave it a test.

I redrew the imagine on Foervrvaengd’s second tutorial page, and gave it a test.

I used the technique I've learned in this part of the tutorial to recreate several poses.

I used the technique I’ve learned in this part of the tutorial to recreate several poses.

Learning Project: Basic Body Proportions

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I’ve officially started my learning project, now. Using Foervraengd’s tutorials on DeviantArt, I started my project by taking a look at basic body proportions of a generic male body, and then a generic female body. The parts I find myself having the most trouble with are the head/shoulders, and the hips/thighs. For some reason, I just could not get it right for the longest time. Another thing I seemed to have problems with was the initial head shape. Until this point, I had always avoided human heads in general. I had no idea where to place what line. This was a good starting point! Note: There is mild nudity in the pictures I have drawn.

Next, I went into detail on human proportions and flexibility. One interesting discovery was that, if I used the sockets/joints as a center for a circle, I could predict where limbs should be. This is really helpful. One of my goals with this learning project is to be able to draw people in various poses, hopefully without a reference. Having this knowledge at my disposal is really useful, for that. While some of my sketches are a bit skewered, overall I understand things a bit better.

Things I’ve noted in this segment:
a)Men are 2.5 “heads” wide. Women are typically 2 “heads” wide.
b)Men’s belly buttons are 3 heads down from the top of the head. Women’s are in the middle of the fifth head down.

c)The waist for both men and women starts at the 5/6 head line.
d)Hands end at the 3/4 head line, about in the middle of the thigh.
e) The elbow is on the 5/6 head line; same as the waist.
f) The crotch is at approx. the 4/5 head line.
Ultimately, it was great practice to draw these figures as I have. I’m looking forwards to learning more from this project! The next segment covers different techniques to approaching the body proportions. With time, perhaps, drawing people will get easier.

Here are the rest of my sketches from this first segment:

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Learning Project: Baby Steps

For my ECMP355 class, I have chosen to undertake a Learning Project. For my first post about it, I’ll just start with listing some of the tools I will be planning on using. I’ll also include a basic sketch of a male model I’ve begun prior to undertaking this project, just to show whereabouts I am with my skillset.

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My goal is to be able to draw humans in an anatomically correct way at any time through my knowledge of the human figure. As of now, I am confident in many areas BUT human anatomy – Something I’ve always wished to change! I will be using traditional and digital media in the forms of my self-made sketchbook and my Wacom Tablet.

1). Foervraengd’s “Understanding Anatomy” tutorials, 1 through 7.

I found these tutorials online a long time ago. They are very in-depth, and are easy to understand. At the end of every tutorial segment, there are “homework” segments. Not only will I be completing those, but I will be duplicating some of the more major images in each segment. Very useful; I’ll be using these, primarily.

2) Posemaniacs: A complete catalogue of over 40,000 rotatable nude model poses in different angles.

This website was originally written in Japanese, so it was difficult to navigate. However, due to monthly donations, the creator has made a more English version! I will be using this tool quite a bit, too, towards the end of my learning project. There are over fourty thousand “nude” models.They feature some models of men, women, children, and bodybuilders. They also have a thirty second drawing tool, which I will be utilizing more later on. SUPER useful website!

3) A simple foreshortening tool.

I found this website more recently. It features an “AtarichanDrawer” tool that randomly generates stick models placed in foreshortened positions. This will be a wonderful exercise to complete later on in my project.

4) I am also considering Livestreaming some of my works.

I have always been interested in livestreaming my work. Some of the most influential artists, for me, livestreamed their drawings. I was able to watch their procedures and practices, which let me learn and grow. Perhaps, with some of my sketches, I may be able to livestream my creation of them. This is still up in the air, though; It will not be until later on that I’ll do this. I’ll give 1-2 weeks warning prior to a livestream of my work, if I do.

Here is my aforementioned muscle study:

White it may look accurate, I was using a model from Posemaniacs and tracing the main lines in Photoshop. I'd like to get away from having to trace the figure!

White it may look accurate, I was using a model from Posemaniacs and tracing the main lines in Photoshop. I’d like to get away from having to trace the figure!