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11-29-2015, 02:05 PM



Title: Human anatomy practice
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Medium: Pencil
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 148 210 mm
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

My first try at drawing a person. I am convinced is way off but any kind of feedback will help me.

Do you think I can get better at drawing or should I drop it?
You can be as harsh as you want.

Any feedback on the details (pose, muscles etc) are more than welcome.

Mark Szymanski
11-29-2015, 03:53 PM
You've done very well putting together the different parts. Some of the proportions are a bit off and some of the angles aren't quite right, yet, but I know it is a fella, and the position he's in so you've done pretty well up to this point.

If I might offer a suggestion so you can perhaps get a bit closer...

Drawing some reference lines from known landmarks, (i.e back of neck/shoulder and drop it straight down) see what lines up along that line...
What things cross that main vertical drop line? The crease in the chest where the pectorals are located, the center of the knee, the big toe. If you go halfway between the top of the head and the feet you can have a cross line... what items line up along that line? Top knuckle of his right hand, inside edge of his elbow. You can then split those distances along those lines to help see where things will be roughly located. These marker lines will need to be fine tuned since it only gets you close, but that way hopefully you'll start your fine tuning from a better spot.

Drop verticals elsewhere too... look at the front of his brow, and drop a line straight down, it lines up with his elbow and the front of his hand and almost his great toe of his left foot. Lot's of things you can drop verticals to which can help you to double check location.

One other thing to help you check is to look at the negative shapes around and within your model. Do the negative shapes in your drawing resemble your models negative shapes?

Two last bits of advice...
If something isn't lining up the way it should, something elsewhere in the drawing is wrong. Period. Fix it. There is no shame in it, I do it all the time. I was taught to draw lightly and don't erase until you find the proper relationships, then strike your line strong and true... YMMV

Learn all the muscles and where they attach to the bones... Lot's of good resources out there, one of my fav's is Stan Prokopenko's site, he's entertaining and gives lots of great advice. If you know what to look for, it is often easier to see it and then draw it correctly.

11-29-2015, 04:06 PM
Wow, thank you so much for the suggestions, haven't thought about using lines to find the right angles.

I'm already on that guy's website, great lessons. Will study next week and come back with improvements, I hope :D

Great feedback!