Anatomy practice

by Asparagus, September 16th 2021 © 2021 Asparagus

Think about gravity and how forces are acting on the body. Needed more slouching for the chest and dynamic z angle.


You have really nice structure in the body, but the face feels a bit flat. Maybe you did it last, as an afterthought. I would recommend more focus on structure and less on detail on the head and work on it as you go along, not as a separate thing later.



It is my opinion that if you varied your linework more on this drawing, you would have made a most interesting visual story.

I would suggest drawing things in what I call block form. Meaning don't draw lines. Instead, scratch with the long side of your pencil into block-like shaded shapes. Rule: no outside edges allowed. No lines may define the form, just the suggestion of shaded blocked in configurations.

This exercise is taxing, especially for those who grew up in a Western mindset. Because our(my) culture conditions us(me) to find the boundary lines, then define them with dark streaks of solidity. Big influencers of the outer lines of shapes have a lot to do with Byzantine and the drama of candlelight works like Georges de La Tour.

Before you start, have a reward ready. Work hard and enjoy your efforts with, say, a cookie.

I hope you find the exercise beneficial, and if you try it, post your results. We'd love to see more of your work.

Keep scratching the surface.

All the best,

JCML Fine Art


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