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09-29-2005, 10:51 AM

Hello All,
I need help, I'm currently working on a watercolor piece where a genie comes out of the lamp of a very surprised guy. This is a sketch of the genie, however it does not look right to me and I can not figure out why. He's suppose to be stretching and yawning, but the proportions in his shoulders look weird. I'm starting to wonder if I drew his body out of proportion with his head. Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated I really what to get to the painting portion of this project.


09-29-2005, 01:59 PM
Hi Jewels,

I think it's a great drawing but for a moment I thought the figure was screaming 'help'. Then I looked closely and it is a very good yawn expression. My (uneducated) opinion is that the problem is in the arms. A yawn usually begins with the arms bent at the elbows - would that help?


09-29-2005, 02:12 PM
Hey Jewels, great start...if I can add my cup of tea...maybe it's the proportions of the head...I think the top of the head is to narrow (somwhere I've read that a common mistake made is to draw the eyes to high or to low in the face...the eyes should be exactly in the middle of the head) also, the ears should be in line with the upper line of the eyes...I can't remember where I've read that...maybe here: http://www.saveloomis.org/

Look, I don't know about any copyright issues of this site, I hope I don't violate any of the laws...if so, please remove this post...

Anyway, Jewels I like the drawing, the yawning is great...and Robyn made a good suggestion also...

T Christensen
09-29-2005, 03:20 PM
A couple of things as I see it ..the elbows would be at the top of the head level ....too much shoulder showing ...and emphasize the armpits .....Stand in front of a mirror with this pose :)....TerryC

09-29-2005, 03:40 PM
Would it be better to have the arms in different positions? I tried yawning (not hard for me at any time of day) and I held both arms straight out at first. But sometimes it helps to stray from reality? **Yawn**

09-30-2005, 10:26 AM
Thanks for all the help, I tried changing his arms around and it helped. I'll post the finished piece here when I'm done.

ArtsyMom x3
09-30-2005, 01:56 PM
Here are some lifted arm examples I found...they may help you tweak your painting, if you haven't finished it already! Hope this helps!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/30384-body_builder_arms.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/30384-boxer_arms.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/30384-hugh_arms.jpg

lots of armpits here, lol, but some muscletone that may help you, also.

09-30-2005, 09:21 PM
Monique....that must help a lot....
jewwls....think you are missing the shoulder muscles and just starting from the arms.
Ignore the hairy armpits eh.

10-01-2005, 07:52 AM

You are getting some interesting advice here. :D

When I think of a yawn with the arms thrown up, the elbows are bent and the arms are crossed slightly above the head.

Agree with ^^^ that I thought at first your genie was the one screaming for "Help," not you. LOL! ;)


10-01-2005, 09:26 PM
These are all really helping. Thanks

10-02-2005, 12:13 AM
I think the genie needs a bit more chin. Hold the arms out a bit wider. When I yawn I hold my arms out about 60 degrees.