Requin's Lair
Uh hello! Recently, a friend lent me her book of dissections of cadavers and "atlases" of the human body and I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I want to get better at drawing human anatomy but I just don't know what I should do to get better at drawing human bodies and such. Any advice?
Anonymous

anatomicalart:

Drawing from books is naturally good practice, but honestly speaking, drawing from life is probably the best means of getting better at drawing human anatomy fast.

Books are great for showing you what you can’t see (like, human anatomy under clothes, or muscle/organ structure), which is by all means relevant. But! Getting into the habit of doing things like going to public spaces (like cafes) and drawing people, sketching people on public transport…etc is excellent discipline. For starters it’s free, and secondly you never know when the person is going to move/leave. It really helps improve your memory of the human body, and increase your speed and accuracy at drawing the more you do it. Not to mention you start to get the hang representing a variety body language (and it looks great in a portfolio).

Similarly, going to zoos and drawing animals is good practice.

Attending Life Drawing classes is also one of the best things an artist can do to improve their understanding of the human figure, to learn how to incorporate a sense of weight in one’s work, and how to understand proportions.  practices exactly this, but the model holds longer poses (so you can really focus).
"But Life Drawing is expensive!"
Well, it tends to be, and while nothing can really compare to attending a life drawing class, I’ll show you the next best thing.

  1. [Figure and Gesture drawing website] (Animal and Human)

  2. [3D Mannequin] (showing muscle structure)
    [30 Second poses]
    [Negative Space Drawing Practice]


  3. [3D Moveable Anatomy References]

  4. [Human Anatomy for Artists] (book)

  5. [Human Skeleton Anatomy] (Website)

  6. [Detailed Animal Anatomy] (Website)

While our [Life Drawing Tag] needs more content, it’s worth checking out.

Some people might be thinking something like-
          “but this won’t help me develop my own style”.
Well, on the contrary, a style develops naturally with a better understanding of the human figure. Over time (and it takes a LONG time and a LOT of practice) an artist will instinctively create a style to their art. It’s simply impossible to not write in your own handwriting, it just takes time.  But a good understanding of structure is the foundation to amy good piece of artwork. Even Picasso knew his stuff.

Keep ahold of your book, draw what you find interesting and inspiring! Collect more books, save pictures you find online and hoard your inspiration. But give drawing from life a shot too, and always try different things!
It’ll take time, but you’ll notice drastic improvement the more you branch out.

Kind regards, and good luck!
- Mamma Katie

historical-nonfiction:

hand-colored prints taken around 1880 in Japan

novacorps:

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novacorps:

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"Failure is the fog through which we glimpse triumph."

♫ THERE ARE LOTS OF SYMBOLS YOU CAN USE HERE

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myampgoesto11:

Petros Koublis: from the series In Landscapes, 2012-2013 

gairo:

2012-0809-ricoh-caplio-gx-024 (by motoshi ohmori)

gairo:

2012-0809-ricoh-caplio-gx-024 (by motoshi ohmori)

ancientart:

Sculpture of Xolotl.

An important figure within the rituals surrounding the god Quetzalcoatl is Xolotl, his twin, a peculiar god in the form of a dog, identifiable by the many wrinkles on the sacred canine and the two rectangular protuberances on its head, relating it with the heavenly fire.
According to legend, to create man Quetzalcoatl traveled to the underworld to search for the bones of the ancestral generations, guarded over by Mictlantecuhtli; Quetzalcoatl had to take on the appearance of a dog to carry out this mission. And hairless, reddish dogs called xoloitzcuintli lead the dead on their journey to Mictlan.
Xolotl is the god of monstrosities and the patron of twins and animals that undergo transformations such as tadpoles that turn into frogs. Xolotl is also the planet Venus, the evening star, and is the companion and twin of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, Venus as the Morning Star, identified with Quetzalcoatl. (NMA)

Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. Photo taken by Travis S.

ancientart:

Sculpture of Xolotl.

An important figure within the rituals surrounding the god Quetzalcoatl is Xolotl, his twin, a peculiar god in the form of a dog, identifiable by the many wrinkles on the sacred canine and the two rectangular protuberances on its head, relating it with the heavenly fire.

According to legend, to create man Quetzalcoatl traveled to the underworld to search for the bones of the ancestral generations, guarded over by Mictlantecuhtli; Quetzalcoatl had to take on the appearance of a dog to carry out this mission. And hairless, reddish dogs called xoloitzcuintli lead the dead on their journey to Mictlan.

Xolotl is the god of monstrosities and the patron of twins and animals that undergo transformations such as tadpoles that turn into frogs. Xolotl is also the planet Venus, the evening star, and is the companion and twin of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, Venus as the Morning Star, identified with Quetzalcoatl. (NMA)

Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. Photo taken by Travis S.

coyoterose1:

Rainy Day tutu by Tahnaya on Etsy.

Professional Animation Software offer for Charity!

anatomicalart:

My animation teachers informed our class of this, and I thought it would be worth sharing.

macheist.com is offering an EXTREMELY good deal on  the following software!

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This You get all the above software (including the student version of the professional animation software ToonBoom, which is very similar to Flash.) for $19.99.
ToonBoom itself usually costs $249.
This software bundle would usually cost $1,786.
What’s the catch? Only that 10% of the money you spend will be given to a charity of your choice!

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Seriously guys! Look how much they’ve raised so far.

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Toonboom was used in the production of the following TV series, and even more animated feature films. (according to Wikipedia).
It is a professional standard software.
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I know a lot of our followers are animators, and even more are artists so this is worth your consideration.

[Follow this link to their website]
The deal will end in 15 hours time.

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This is not a stupid question at all! I’m glad you asked.

MacHeist gives you the promo code. You download the software from the software website itself. This means that if the software itself is compatible with Windows, you will be able to chose between a Mac OR Windows download.

I know for a fact that Toonboom (the animation software) Is compatible with both Mac and PC.

ToonBoom will work on Mac and/or Windows. 
You will have to check the individual websites of the other software for the specific compatibility information on them.

Instructions: (If you need help downloading)

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in-the-horniman:

No collection of toys is complete without some tin soldiers! Except that these ones are possibly made of painted lead.

in-the-horniman:

No collection of toys is complete without some tin soldiers! Except that these ones are possibly made of painted lead.