stoptellingmomaboutmylife asked: Hiya, I'm an artist as well (not as nearly good as you) and I have a hard time drawing bodies. I was wondering if you had any anatomy practice I could use? If you don't want to share I totally understand but I really do need help >_< Thanks :)
Hi! Sorry for the slow reply, my mind has been all over the place lately! I can’t say I’m an expert on anatomy myself; but I’ve got a few years of experience on my neck. I’ve already made a few practices, but I’ll gladly link them to you and explain them in further detail! I can also give you a few tips and recommendations. c: So, which tutorials am I talking about?
This one is really useful. I sound really selfish I suppose, when I say that, but A LOT of people has come to me and told me how useful they think it is! Plus, I also speak from my own experience. It’s not only good to cure art block, a lot of these practices help with improving anatomy as well. For example, samples shown from the list:
1. "Study things you never thought were that interesting (but you knew was important)” Maybe you should start off by studying the very anatomy of MUSCLES and learn how to draw them? Or perhaps learn to draw the skull from different angles? How about studying how fat on the body works? The list is endless.
2. “(…) Try out different pens and pencils.” You probably wonder what the hell this has to do with anatomy. Trust me when I say; once you’ve found that one specific pencil (or brush) that you love, you’ll notice MASSIVE improvement in the way you draw. You gain a lot of freedom, and the pen will sorta guide you through your drawing. It’ll really help with anatomy and poses.
3. “Warm up by drawing something odd.” You know how they say "To draw stylish, you’ve got to learn anatomy first." (something in that style); it actually works the other way around, too! Sort of. Not the same way anatomy will help you with your style, but in the way it’ll help you develop the freedom and creativity. Just go crazy with this one. Draw on extreme levels; be silly, but take your silliness seriously! After drawing several doodles with these weird little things, you’ll notice the creativity-motor has started. Now, that you’re really going to draw more seriously, you’ll notice that it feels much more easier, and you won’t limit yourself as much. In fact, you’ll push your limits! This practice learns you to go outside your comfort-zone, which is extremely important when you practice anatomy. Most think anatomy lessons is something strict and demanding, but it’s not. It’s all about being experimental.
4, 5, 8, 9. Redraw, fix, improve! I don’t need to explain them in much detail here as they’re pretty much explained in the tutorial as they should be. But why are they so important to anatomy? When you correct things you’ve done you’ll see that they are wrong. If you have a chance to correct them, you will gain this information straight into your brain. After a few times of doing this, you will very easily learn to spot your mistakes! But - instead of being all miserable about your mistakes - you learn to embrace them and do something about it instead; or you learn it for next time. By doing this you’ll also gradually learn how to draw the anatomy more correctly, since by each step, you improve.
7. “Scribble like a maniac.” Another practice that sets your creativity free, away from the comfort-zone. However, by doing this, look for bodies! What is it that makes the body look like a body? How do you spot it correctly? See it as your challenge.
Poses, without doubt, will help you out with anatomy. It’ll be really hard to blend them together, but! These practices will help you the most:
Read the tutorial to know more specifically what they’ll do and what you should do! But again, they’ll help you define the body and challenging yourself in a very fun way.
A few tips’n’tricks are in there, and also these practices:
That’s all tutorials I’ve done for now! (that’s useful for you). Feel free to request more. c:
As for the torso, the best practice I can think of it as.. think of it as a two triangles stuck together, and then tweak it around as if you were messing around with a 3D-program.
Think of the neck as a tube with triangles attached to it.
(I should make specific tutorials with these). Take note that shapes are completely up to you. Each artist have their own, specific shapes that they like. That’s totally okay! Just keep thinking in shapes.
If you can tell, most of these practices are about letting go. Go bold! That’s really the first, most important step. That is until you start to polishing it! Which, in my opinion, is the most fun. Here’s a few tips and recommendations:
- Buy anatomy books, or get free PDF-files! … And not only look at them, but READ them! I’m not talking about anatomy books here like, say, Christopher Hart, but actual anatomy that are, or at least close to medical books. You might think studying how one muscle works is a waste of time; but it’s not. You’ll have much better understanding of how to use the body once you know.
- Google “Medical Anatomy Drawings”. For same reasons as above! One of my favorite sites are NetterImages. Use these drawings as references and just study them in general.
- DRAW the muscles, bones and etc! Truly go in depth with them!
- Stick figures. Good supporters; but don’t rely on them 100%.
- Use photos as references! If you find it hard; take a photo, and trace it. Then use THAT as reference. This is really good for people who has eyes like mine that can’t really focus on blurred edges. (If you want to upload it, make sure you ask for permission and credit them.)
- Redline other’s art. Ask for friends/artists if you can redline their art, some will really appreciate it! If you’re unsure or don’t have permission, you can just do it personally and never upload it.
- Redraw/Tweak Official art. This is a really good practice, I’d suggest using comic-books made in the 90’s. The have they funkiest anatomy in the history of time, and it’s really fun to see how it could be fixed. (Example) Of course, still don’t claim it as your own.
- Atarichan is GREAT for practice!
That’s all I can think of for now! Check out my other tutorials, if you want to. <: