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01 January 2006, 05:16 PM
Now that I have some free time, I thought I'd start an anatomy thread :)

I'm terrible at drawing the human figure from memory and need lots of drawing practice so that it becomes easy, and hopefully, second nature. I'd like to be able to draw quickly without resorting to reference all the time.

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01 January 2006, 05:18 PM
Some more stuff... from last year.

Anatomy Paintings from Life ( ( (

Misc. Anatomy Drawings ( ( (

I hope to get some figure drawings in this weekend. Now I just need to convince my husband to pose for me :)

01 January 2006, 05:28 PM

Sweet! I'm thrilled to see your thread! :)

Cheers, :)


01 January 2006, 06:53 PM
Hi there !

Wow , those are really great ! ... bluffing. :thumbsup:

Looking forward to see more ,


01 January 2006, 05:17 AM
Hi.... Amerasu...:)

Enjoying your thread so far, and your web site also.
Really like your painting style on those blackeyed susan flowers, very nice technique there..:thumbsup:
If you are interested in doing figures from your imagination, then you should buy all the
BURNE HOGARTH books you can afford. ...DYNAMIC FIGURE DRAWING, would be my first
selection, if I were you. That book contains all the basic principals of doing figures from
the imagination, and is a must for anyone who is seriously thinking of doing so. It will
really really really help you in your quest for freedom from models. You can get it cheap
Looking forward to seeing more of your work..:)

Take Care

01 January 2006, 06:11 AM
I second what SpiritDreamer says Dynamic Figure drawing would be an excellent starting place for drawing figures from Imagination,I started my journey with Dynamic Anatomy by the same author!:thumbsup:

01 January 2006, 02:14 PM
Perfect, I just ordered Dynamic Figure Drawing from Amazon. Thanks for the tip! It looks great. :)

I've been working my way through some of the anatomy books I have - Giovanni Civardi and Anthony Ryder (who I especially like since I tend to draw the same way with contour lines and then shading). I just wish I could find a life drawing class in my area.

Here's one I just finished from OFDW 006. One major thing Rebecca's workshops have really helped me on is colour and shading. They've taught me to pay attention to details.

01 January 2006, 02:19 PM
Orig posted by Amerasu: Here's one I just finished from OFDW 006. One major thing Rebecca's workshops have really helped me on is colour and shading. They've taught me to pay attention to details.
Amerasu, thanks! It's been great to have you in the OFDWs, you add quite a lot to them! :wavey:

Whoa, this is a beautiful painting! Imo, one of your best ~ the lighting is just beautiful in this piece! :arteest:The one thing that I would say is that his feet don't feel grounded quite yet ~ but the rest of the figure is just superb!! Brilliant work...can't wait to see you improve even more! :)

Cheers, :)


01 January 2006, 04:26 PM
Yeah, you're totally spot on about grounding those feet! How did I miss that, lol? He's practically floating! I'll have to fix that.

01 January 2006, 05:09 PM

Fantastic job on the skin....BEAUTIFUL...:thumbsup:

Another book you might really enjoy, and also learn a lot from is..
Makes me realize how much I don't know, and how much I need to learn about
light and shade, every time I look at it. One of the most valuble possesions in my
personal library..:) .
Can't wait to see your painting tutorial...:thumbsup:

Take Care

01 January 2006, 02:15 PM
Last One is GREAT ! i can feel the skin there...lovely :buttrock:
but im missing the shadow there...

keep posting mate ! u r doing GREAT :applause:

01 January 2006, 04:51 PM
really great work in here...
love the figure paintings
looking foward to see more of your stuff..

01 January 2006, 01:17 AM
My 11 year old daughter asked tonight why I'm always drawing naked people :)

Anyway, some quick 10 min pencil studies of figures from OFDW011. Not sure which one to paint yet.

01 January 2006, 01:20 AM
Oh yeah, I did actually fix 006 and grounded him with a shadow. No more floating :)

01 January 2006, 01:41 AM
Wow! I am so impressed! Great work on this. You certainly give me a standard to work towards. :D

And you mentioned life drawing classes, if you find one PLEASE PM ME ABOUT IT!! :D Since we are in the same city and all...hehehe.

Have you checked the University of Guelph? I am sure I heard my aunt talking about them when she was a student there. I wouldn't doubt with their arts program that they would have after hours classes as well...

Also, check with the Big Black Pig studio...that place can be a bit expensive (for my budget..heh heh) but it looks like a really great studio!
We're looking forward to more of your stuff!! :bounce:

01 January 2006, 01:52 AM
Hi Meredith, I haven't checked Guelph yet. Hadn't thought about that but it's really close so worth a call. I did look into Black Pig Studios too but like you, found it too expensive. Plus she seems to do more abstract art and painting and I'm more interested in straight life drawing. I also tried the KW Gallery of Art and they had some really cool comic art courses but of course, they were only for kids so my daughter ended up taking the classes instead of me. Ah well... she enjoyed it. I told the KW Gallery people we were starving for some life drawing classes but they're too into painting watercolours, lol. They're keeping me on a list anyway.

I haven't looked too hard but plan on it over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be really handy to take an actual life class. I'll definitely PM if I find anything.

Edited to add - I checked Black Pig Studios and it looks like they have a Life Drawing class now but there is no start date for 2006. $267 for 6 weeks. Kinda pricey for me.

01 January 2006, 06:42 PM
Lovely to see all your work in one place Amerasu, you're OFDW pictures are espcially good, particularly the one of Ron, the sense of mass in that is lovely, and the shadow is definitely an improvement! Do you find it harder working from life digitally? It's not something I've tried outright, just bits here and there when I need reference for a piece, but it's usually just placement of features and/or colour. And I can totally relate to the lack of life drawing classes, especially when they are overrun by watercolourist courses... *sighs* i'd give my left hand for a good life drawing course.

01 January 2006, 07:34 PM
Thanks Zepyhri :)

Yep, I find digital painting (and drawing) figures from life harder. I think it's pretty easy from a 2D photo but somehow the colour choices seem harder from life, the contours too.. maybe because of all the reflections and filtered lights.

I've got my husband posing for me now. Now I'll have to convince him to let me post them :)

01 January 2006, 01:36 AM
Damn damn damn fine skin work Amerasu!

01 January 2006, 09:40 PM
I forgot to add this last one for 011. I have a number of pencil life drawings as well but need to scan them first.

03 March 2006, 09:37 PM
If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 03:08 PM
Wow, cool challenge! I'll have to try and get something together for that.

03 March 2006, 03:23 PM
Heya Amerasu,

Sounds great! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 07:47 AM
Damn, those skintones are beautiful! Very well done indeed!

03 March 2006, 03:44 PM
Here's the final version from session 014, the Bouguereau study.

And some stuff I did this morning from Loomis.

03 March 2006, 04:06 PM

Just thought that I would stop by to tell you that I really like the job you did with the
last master copy...a hard one for sure...but you pulled it off nicely...:thumbsup:
My favorite of yours so far though is the redhead with red background...FANTASTIC PAINTING..
Also really like those two faces you just posted....great job on those, and the gesture drawings
are also very nice....keep up the GREAT WORK..IT'S a real pleasure seeing it....:)


03 March 2006, 03:07 AM
Thanks Spirit Dreamer :)

Here's a 10 min head study before bed

And a painting I finished today.... though on preview here, it seems her medicine bag is a little flat. Ah well.... I used a ref for her face.

03 March 2006, 04:42 PM
Foreshortening study from Loomis. Foreshortening always messes me up when I try to draw from memory.

03 March 2006, 04:50 PM
Really nice mood to this, Amerasu! :) And your Bouguereau piece is fantastic! :applause: I think the study of the girl is really beautiful too, and shows how much you are advancing! :thumbsup:



03 March 2006, 08:00 PM
Thanks Rebecca :D

I think these dancers came from one of the 15 min sketch threads - but I spent about 30 minutes on each.

Head is a Loomis study, about 15 mins worth.

03 March 2006, 11:17 AM
Sweet christ, your Bouguereau copy is amazing. :eek: When I was scrolling through and saw your piece, I continued scrolling because I wanted to see your painting, not the original reference! :D Fantastic job on that one. :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 02:04 PM
Thanks a lot LoTekk! that one was a toughie :)

04 April 2006, 07:31 PM

Congrats! I used your image for the front page plug up for the SPOTLIGHT Forum here:

Cheers, :)


04 April 2006, 12:57 PM
Wow, thanks a lot Rebecca! That's awesome :beer:

04 April 2006, 01:11 PM
Hey, you're totally welcome! I had always wished you had submitted your piece to the Gallery, so it could have received attention sooner ~ but it's almost better this way!

Great work, you also have work in the Personal Anatomy and OFDW SPOTLIGHT threads as well. The easiest way to find SPOTLIGHT images is to run a search for your username, as I've of course associated everyone's names with their work.

Great stuff!!!

Cheers, :)


01 January 2007, 02:13 PM
It's been a while since I've posted here. I've been too busy with a new baby and then making artist trading cards, lol.

I signed up for my first life drawing class. Wow, much different than drawing people from a photo! It was very helpful and the instructor is great.

The sketchbook is way too big for my scanner so I had to take photos, hence the crappy quality. Here are the fast gesture drawings... never done these before so they're not that hot. Practice will help.

Couple of longer poses that turned out ok

01 January 2007, 04:40 PM

congratz with your baby!
about your work, I donnow what to say except ... wth?? you're very skilled :D

btw, what are "artist trading cards"?
I hope your baby will allow you to draw, paint and post more work

01 January 2007, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the congrats and comments :)

Artist Trading Cards ( are 2.5" x 3.5" mini artworks traded between artists. They're the same size as regular playing cards or sports collectable cards. Just a fun little side hobby now and then.

01 January 2007, 01:27 AM

Just popping in to say HI..:wavey: ...and congratulations on the baby...:thumbsup:
I quess that is a good enough excuse to be away for awhile..:scream: :)
Like those drawings from your life class...a whole different ball game, but looks like you are mastering it..The real thing can't be beat I think..:)
Well anyway, glad you are back in the ball game, and can't wait to see more of those life drawings...You know,you can always put them in the computer, and make fantasy scapes or whatever around them, alot of options there.
A great way to get the best out of each..traditional and digital combo's
Just a passing thought that might be of help to never know.:)

01 January 2007, 04:52 AM
Wow ameratsu.. kudos on the bougereau copy, thats fabulous... I started that one myself somwhere... you've inspired me to go back to it once I get the current demon off my back. And these life drawings are looking lovely, I envy you the chance to do that! If you were working left to right top to bottom on the quick drawings, I'd say you've improved even by the end of that page, so you'll definitely get better! The longer poses look great too, especially the transition between the torso and pelvis on the lying down one. Lovely stuff!

01 January 2007, 11:57 AM
Hi Amerasu, great thread you got here, with some amazing paintings. Nice to see your figure drawings here as well. My favorites are the bougereau and the redhaiored girl. Keep going!

01 January 2007, 06:58 PM
SpiritDreamer - That's a fabulous idea. I hadn't thought of that. I'll see what happens with my class this week, perhaps I'll have some poses a little more interesting to work with. I just saw what you did with one of your life drawing pics... the lady near the edge of the cliff. Great idea!
Zephyri - Thank you! That Bouguereau took just about forever, lol.
batte812 - Thanks a lot for your comments! I'm heading over to your thread next :)

01 January 2007, 01:32 AM
Tackling Giovanni Bellini's Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan for the 50 Heads workshop.

02 February 2007, 03:16 AM
Sketches from my life drawing class tonight

02 February 2007, 04:41 PM
From life drawing class last night

quickie gesture drawings

few longer poses

02 February 2007, 04:03 PM
Lovely to see more of your work Amerasu! :) I'm envious of the life drawings because a lot of the drawing class I'm sitting in on is devoted to critique - so less actual drawing time, sigh. It's great that you are getting the whole form on the page and starting to get the weight shift in the figures. One thing I might suggest experimenting with is line weight and using a bit more of an expressive line in areas where you feel confident enough in the form to really define it with a definitive line. Very much looking forward to seeing more! :)

02 February 2007, 03:12 AM
Thanks a lot for the feedback Rebecca! It's helpful as always so when I go back in a couple of days, I will work on line weight.

With the sketches from tonight's session, I tried to get a little shading in. It normally takes me the entire 10 - 15 minutes to get the form ok so I rarely have time to shade but I must be getting quicker since I managed it tonight, lol. Ok... so it's fairly crappy shading but it's a start :)

Apologies for the bad pics as my sketchbook won't fit in the scanner. I have to take photos.

There are my 1 minute gestures:

A few of the longer poses:

02 February 2007, 03:26 AM
Hey Amerasu, some lovely figure drawings in here... and your confidence really looks like its growing, even from the posts on the last page, those last few longer poses have a really nice weight and light to them. Great stuff!

02 February 2007, 12:04 PM

GREAT JOB on that last set of life drawings...nice sense of forshortening, volume and proportion...:applause: :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys! Much appreciated feedback :)

A few drawings from last night's figure class. It was a very bad night.. I just could not draw and could not get into it. I think I spent half my time doodling crap and nonsense on the sides of my sketchbook pages. I'll post them here anyway since they're not THAT bad, just don't giggle too loudly.

Hopefully next session will be more productive :)

02 February 2007, 12:51 AM
Hehe, it's impossible to have a good drawing session every time :) - but I think you're too hard on yourself, I actually find that first drawing in particular to have a nice, easy quality to it - wish I had more lifedrawing myself, but the class I'm currently in doesn't have a ton of time with a model, so I'm envious! :) Good to see your work, looking forward to more!

02 February 2007, 08:07 AM
great stuff Amerasu!
Is there a teacher around in life class? If so, get all the info out of him/her you can get when you are facing a problem (eg with a certain pose)

04 April 2007, 02:50 PM
My class resumed last night. I had a month break between life drawing classes. I didn't do any life drawings inbetween either. I spent tons of time doing lots of illustrative type art but nothing for this thread really.

Here's one from last night. Not the best I've done but ok for an off night.

I'll a few more to post after the weekend.

04 April 2007, 02:52 PM
oops, double post

05 May 2007, 03:03 PM
Here are a few drawings from recent life classes.

05 May 2007, 03:03 PM
And some more...

05 May 2007, 03:31 PM
Couple more from a recent class

05 May 2007, 06:12 PM
Nice drawings
How long are the poses?

05 May 2007, 06:24 PM
Hey, you have life drawing classes? :eek: I envy you :D
Those sketches are great - keep us updated.

05 May 2007, 06:44 PM
NR43 - Thanks for the feedback. Poses are usually 10 - 15 mins. I'd love to have longer poses one day.

Maidith - Thanks too! Yep, I'm lucky in that a small art gallery in my city runs near constant life drawing classes year round and the classes are very small. There are only 5 of us in this one. I sign up for every one that I can.

05 May 2007, 07:41 PM
More sketches from my last life drawing class...

And about the only thing remotely digital I've done recently. The line art in Photoshop and the colouring with prismacolor pencils.

05 May 2007, 02:31 PM
hey did you get your nickname Amerasu from Tad William's books?
Just starting part 2 of The Green Angel Tower :)

05 May 2007, 02:42 PM
hey did you get your nickname Amerasu from Tad William's books?
Just starting part 2 of The Green Angel Tower :)

Yep! I love that book series. She's a pretty minor character but I liked the name.

05 May 2007, 03:08 PM
Hi Amerasu, your thread is really impressive !!!

Your paintings are great.
How often do you take life drawing classes ?

05 May 2007, 03:13 PM
gahpe, thanks! Just once a week for a couple of hours. But it's pretty much year round so I'm lucky in that my classes never seem to end. I wish it were every day but I'll take what I can get.

05 May 2007, 03:27 PM
Hi Amerasu, I've enjoyed looking through your thread. Great life drawing studies. I like your painting of the Bouguereau very much. Also the girl on the green bg is very pretty. Nice work here!:)

05 May 2007, 07:03 PM
Yep! I love that book series. She's a pretty minor character but I liked the name. Today 04:31 PM

I'm loving these books so much I'm thinking of making some cards presenting some of the characters... some day :)

06 June 2007, 12:56 AM
Here's the character I'm working on for Cafe005, the Nephilim.

I need to finish shading and details as well as work on the lighting. Then I will colour.

06 June 2007, 04:27 PM
I like your life drawings. There seems to be a small distortion on the face of that last drawing. I think his jaw should be at another angle if he's opening his mouth like that. Besides that I'mloving your work keep it up!

06 June 2007, 02:23 PM
The Bionic Woman... the old one, not the new one.

06 June 2007, 05:48 PM
great job on the hair
the skin may use a bit more variation in color, but that's just nitpicking.
I'm not too fond of the background either (too distracting)

still, this is a lovely portrait

07 July 2007, 09:49 PM
NR43, thanks! Yeah, the background is part of a graphic design. The portrait sits at the extreme left of a bigger pic that I didn't want to post.

07 July 2007, 10:02 AM

REALLY like those life drawings...That heavy set woman...GREAT series...:thumbsup:
Your demon guy..would look great standing on a dark cloud I think...just a thought...:)
You really captured the likeness in that Bionic Woman....:thumbsup:
ALWAYS a pleasure seeing your work...looks like study progress ...:thumbsup:

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