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03-09-2007, 02:13 PM
Im working on a concept/reference for a 3D model that im gonna do..
Its gonna be a Ninja-martial artist character... and looking kinda like Bruce Lee
So i have been using several images of bruce lee to figure out the proportions of this martial arts like character... the character is supposed to be a bit smaller then normal (ca 175cm)
and be ripped/tight muscles like shaolin kung-fu masters :D
But i would like to get some pointers on my proportions if they are working.. and if not then i cound maybe get some pointers/paintovers ;)
The legs were longer before.. but i noticed that they seemd a bit Too long...
so without writing anymore.. here is the image

Thanks in advance


03-10-2007, 04:01 AM
Hi Bardoor:

You have a good start you might consider the following to improve your drawing.
1. Increase the volume and size of the upper arms.
2. Decrease the size of the thighs.
3. Shorten the length of the thighs to the knees.

I hope this helps.

03-10-2007, 08:19 PM
Linda has given you some great pointers. :) I would also suggest looking here:

Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=202&t=257570)

I'm not sure what is happening with the legs - I highly recommend drawing the legs without pants so that you know what is happening with the anatomy. Additionally I think that a good exercise for you to try might be tracing some images of figures to get a better grip of proportions and muscle forms. Do you draw on a regular basis? I think that starting up a sketchbook (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=200) could be of enormous benefit. It's one thing for someone to do a paintover, but ultimately you need to learn how to judge proportions for yourself, which can only be done through practice drawing the figure. There are many reference sources listed in the Reference thread that I think will be of great use! :)

03-11-2007, 01:49 AM
thanks for your input :D
i did change the hight of the knees (lowering them a bit) so that tey looked more natural and proportionaly correct
I tried aligning Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man to my drawing.. and thats where i noticed the knees where not correct but otherwise i thing it aligned almost perfectly (execpt the chest.. but that i guess is ok.. because the "vitruvian man" isnt a born ninja:thumbsup: but i did try adjusting it a bit)
so i will obviusly just use/trace the legs of the "vitruvian man" drawing knowing that they work perfectly....

And maybe i should try that sketchbook stuff :D

Well ill try finding a design for the head... and then just kinda find and take pictures for references on the different body parts and whatnot... as i go along.. but staying true to the concept and proportions

Thanks alot


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