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So You Want To Be An Artist - Anatomy and Proportions

Posted by Kathryn on July 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Being an artist takes time and patience. To get things just the way you want them, at the level you want to be at, you have to practice. I cannot stress enough how important it is to practice proportions and anatomy.

-SHAPES: ALWAYS USE SHAPES when mapping out what the "skeleton" of what you want to draw.

Take this for example: Cubes for the fists, circles for the head, body and muscles, rectangles for the arms, lines for the "spine" and "bones". It all works great and is a simple method.

Here's something of my own. It's not yet finished, but provides another great example. For the tail (not drawn yet) ovals and lines to create where the tail is going to curve.

-ANATOMY: Another good tip is to practice by looking at photos of animals or people, like a reference. For example, if you are looking at a picture of a wolf, you can map out the circle for the head, the triangles for the ears, the ovals for the eyes, the sqaure/circle for the nose, and so on and so forth.

~Tipsy: Wherever you post your drawing and you used an image for a reference, be sure to post the source link if the image you used was from Google or Photobucket or anything. Wouldn't want any theiving would we?

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.

Thanks for reading, and remember: stay spontaneous! ~Kathryn

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