2018 - 09 - 20 (2)

by Skullchicken, September 20th 2018 © 2018 Skullchicken

The original photo was light and graceful and this drawing turned out comparatively stiff and heavy. So I can't say I'm super happy about it.

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

My current goal is: Better understand human anatomy, so I can render imagined poses


Hello Skullchicken, first of all your construction of the human form is great and like that you added some grey values in. Don't be afraid to alter the pose a bit from the actual reference photo. I think with this image if her hands were maybe turned out a little more and if the shoulders were sloped down a little bit it would help with the stiffness. Also I think her head needs to be tilted back more and then have one of her legs slightly in front of the other. I do like your heavy line work, but if you start with a thinner line weight it might help you work out any corrections that need to be done in the pose. You could then apply thicker lines to the areas you want. I hope that helps. : )


Thank you so much for your critique!

It's still kind of hard for me to disconnect myself from the subject and abstract the form after doing a lot of detailed studies. I'll try to become more loose, maybe put on some goofy music while drawing. I think you're right on the money, especially with the thinner lineart.

Sanne - Site moderator

I think this study turned out quite well! The proportions seem pretty good for the most part, and I recognize the structures beneath the figure.

One thing to keep an eye out for is that the pelvis and the ribcage are two separate things, and not recognizing them as such will make it harder to understand how the torso bends. The reason we're so flexible is because the area between the pelvis and ribcage behaves a bit like a joint, and so it's often represented as one in gesture drawings. (You'll also notice the little drawing mannequins have this as well.)

For your next studies, I recommend keeping that in mind. It can help take some stiffness out of the torso.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on this!

I'll try out your advice and put more emphasis on drawing the ribcage and hipbones.

Thinking of it, maybe I should do some more skeleton studies again. It's always good to train the basics.

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