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12 December 2007, 07:20 PM
Hi there. I want to get better at drawing people, and knowing human anatomy. I'll try to do at least 1-2 drawings/paintings a day. Any comment and tips will be really appreciated!
I'm using refs for now. I'm not copying(with grid etc) but I'm trying to build simplified skeleton(something like in Adrew Loomis's books), setting up my proportions and then draw the rest. It's good or bad approach? Do You know some better ways to train?

12 December 2007, 11:08 PM
Another one. I'll add some quick shading tomorow.

12 December 2007, 09:11 PM
Add some shading:
And another one:

12 December 2007, 08:40 AM
Hey there,
I think it would be better for you to learn the fundamentals before going toward reference for creating the form. You said you are reading loomis books, so read the first 50 or so pages of "Figure Drawing for all it's worth". I have a link in my thread on the WIP to all the books if you dont have that specific one.

12 December 2007, 08:59 AM
I think you are doing JUST FINE. Keep it up.

Do take a bit more time to carefully observe the shapes you are rendering, and not just the outlines. Your joints are a bit too "soft," and somewhat misshapen. Also, keep in mind that the human body is soft, although joints are hard. The butt of the last one looks pointed, and there is a strange roll on the top of her shoulder by the neck. Just being a bit more observant of the body as a whole, as well as the individual pieces parts will help.

These look VERY nice. You are putting thought and effort into these, and it shows. Don't stop while you're reading Loomis, or any other art book or online tutorial.


12 December 2007, 04:39 PM
Thanks for replys!

Viatyr: Yep, I'm reading that one right now. As for using refs - I want to get overall feel of this stuff, than I want to get into 'advanced' anatomy using books etc. I was trying to work just with that book but results are really bad:/

CybrGfx: Thanks for advices, I'll try to remember that in next ones!

Here is new one. Waist area looks a bit wrong to me. Here ( is ref, not sure if I get it wrong or she's in weird position.

12 December 2007, 02:06 AM
2 fairly common mistakes are all I really see.

First, the head is too small for the body. One of the most common proportional errors. Now that you are aware that you, too, suffer from THS (Tiny Head Syndrome), you must try to be extra vigilant when you draw, that you do not suffer your subjects to this debilitating disease... ;)

Second, you are forgetting that women are soft. And cuddly. And organic. Breasts are two round, globular objects, not some weird boxy, squarish shape plopped onto the chest. Armpits are round pits, not hard straight lines on the side of the upper torso next to the box breasts...

As you see, besides those two fairly obvious visual discrepancies, you did a pretty good job on this lady, overall. Just a bit more careful observation, and you'll be fine.


08 August 2008, 05:50 PM
Wow, long time no see:/ Here is one from speed painting topic, took about 1:30:

08 August 2008, 06:00 AM
Another one from daily speedpaiting. Took 1:30(no so quick...)

08 August 2008, 07:50 PM
Todays speed paiting, only 25 minutes!:D:D

08 August 2008, 07:46 PM
Another speedpaintig - about 1h

08 August 2008, 05:24 PM
Another from speed paiting, took about 50min:

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