Sorry for the delay in presenting the tutorial to go with these images.
If it’ll make it up at all I’ll add more concepts on the back end of this thread (I believe currently page 4 or 5) as well as a larger version in colour and a larger version of the tutorial in my portfolio.
Please take everything I say with a grain of salt - in that it might not be the best traditional way to approach drawing, but it is what I have found works well for me. I do hope that you may find some inspiration or tips or approaches useful from this thread.
Some of the points noted are based off having new artists write me from my site with similar questions regarding illustration. Als observed by myslef from asking to see where they are currently (which I ussually do-no point in offering advice if you don’t know what level the artist is that you are giving advice to)
The most common areas that I have found over the years is that there is a reluctance to loosen up with the figure and let it flow more naturally. More than oft samples seem stiff and rigid in their pose- standing straight as an arrow upright without a sense that they are supporting their own weight confidently.
The most common advice that I offer is:
-get into an anatomy class, and really make the most of those warm up gesture poses (the 10 second to 2 minute poses- ussually at the beginning of the class) If you can learn to win this initially battle when approaching an illustrative problem, then you are most likely to win the war.
-My second piece of advice is to come and visit CGtalk as often as possible, this anatomy thread is exceptional as a valid work of reference.
-And last is Draw More!! I am guilty of this just as much as the next Joe. The more you draw the more comfortable you becaome with how anatomy works. It doesn’t even have to be human anatomy or anything born of this world. If you are comfortable in your own “drawing skin” that you really understand how joints work and distrubute weight- you can convincingly pull off everything from aliens to dragons. I often get caught up with work and life- rarely finding the time to just sit down and draw- It really shows when it comes time to put pencil to paper (ussually in the quality of my work and in the pain and agony that it takes to get my ideas on down and looking good)
I am going to leave the digital portion of my tutorial to the upcoming workshop hopefully to intice as many of you as I can top participate
At the end of this thread I will reply to everyone on an individual basis who was kind enough to write in, support this thread, show enthusiasm towards a workshop and vote.
Hope you enjoy the new images and tutorial.
See you in April,