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Old 11-25-2004, 11:16 AM
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Re: Figures without models

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and Dallen... "it is impossible to draw an excellent one, no matter how good you are." This is just not true. I've seen it done by three people that I can think of off the top of my head.

Guess we just have different standards for excellence.

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I agree that it can be done. One has to have a vivid and retentive imagination, coupled with years of observing, drawing, painting, etc. Many, many famous artists have done beautiful figure paintings...virtually from memory.

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Re: Figures without models

I'm working right now on a set of fairy figurines for a company, and with some of them I just kind of doodle to start with and then tighten the anatomy up as I go. For extra help I found pictures online of dancers, and when I had a little trouble with the hands I had my husband take photos of my hands posed like in the thumbnail. But basically these come out of my imagination to start with and get enhanced. If it makes any difference I took a lot of anatomy and life drawing courses in school.
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Re: Figures without models

I think the key to drawing figures without models is to have alot of practice life and figure drawing. It won't tell you everything, but a good life drawing and anatomy background will do nothing but help you.

Also, I find it very helpful to map out figures first with anatomically correct stick figures- usually a circle for a head, sticks for limbs, and a tubish conical thing for the ribcage- and then flesh them out with previous knowledge. I try and do one small first so I can see the overall picure- and then do it again larger, and keep the small skeleton/stick figure sketch handy for reference if you start to get lost.
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