Tag: Drawing Anatomy

The Three Graces by Patricia Hannaway, charcoal and chalk drawing.

If You Don’t Get Loose

Sketching As a Starting Point It’s tricky when an activity involves technique but is actually done best when you just get loose and let things happen naturally and effortlessly. Dancing is that way, and learning how to draw and sketching are, in part, that way too. There are a lot of things that you can…

Captain America by Lee Bermejo.

Comics: The True Descendants of Classic Art

Fine art has evolved in many directions, but comic book art has retained a strain of DNA from classical times. The heroic Greek gods were the forbearers of our modern superheroes and the portrayal of those heroes has carried on in the tradition of how modern artists portray comic book heroes. All artists who study…

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Seriously, All You Need Is Average Eye-Hand Coordination

Just to demonstrate the statement that everyone can learn to draw. Here, and below, are two comparison drawings of my students from the last term. The progress they made in just nine three-hour sessions is noteworthy. Drawing Skills Everyone Has Everyone with average eye-hand coordination can learn to draw the human figure. I mean everyone.…

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Drawing Basics: The Best Drawing Art Books

Plate VIII, Study for a Picture, chalk and pastel drawing. From The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. I was just telling a friend of mine that artists love books. That surprises some people, but it is totally true, especially if you love flipping through great books for drawing ideas, like I do.…

Académie d’homme by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, ca. 1800, black chalk heightened with white, 23 5⁄8 x 18 1⁄8.

More Than Skin Deep: Our Free eBook on How to Draw a Human Body

Knowledge of anatomy is essential for artists who want their figures to appear realistic and natural. But we are not surgeons or medical professionals! Artists are not, and should not be, slaves to anatomical correctness. Académie d’homme by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, ca. 1800, black chalk heightened with white, 23 5⁄8 x 18 1⁄8. You have to…

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Discover the Enduring Appeal of Sketching

Human figure sketching, especially learning how to sketch from a model, is one of the most rewarding ways of practicing art because it can enhance your abilities in ways that are both practical and inspirational. It’s practical in that creating figure sketch drawings develops skills that will serve you again and again as an artist—contour,…

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The Basics of Drawing Anatomy for Artists

  Drawing Anatomy The study of human anatomy, for artists, can be as simple and straightforward as learning about proportions and working from life, or as involved and complex as mastering an understanding of the skeletal, muscular, and surface structure of the human body. Artists pursue anatomy drawing to learn how to draw a human…

Nude Study by Edward Minoff, 16 x 12, charcoal drawing, 1999.

Soft Lines and No Tension

I’m not a napping kind of person. When I’m up, I’m up and I want to be doing something or on the go. That’s usually the kind of body drawing that I’m pulled to as well–muscles torqued, body indicating action, and an underlying sense of movement. That being said, I do recognize and advocate for…

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The Foundation of Figurative Art Is…

In figure drawing and painting, knowing the ins and outs of the human body is essential. There’s no way around that fact, and honing our skills with anatomy drawing helps us understand and truly see the body more accurately than any other endeavor. Drawing by Stephen Schultz. I was flipping through one of my eye-candy…

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Paint the Body Parts That Turn You On

Back II (Joshua) by Martha Mayer Erlebacher, 2003, oil on canvas, 42 x 42. The human body is beautiful—as a whole and in its parts. Body drawings that accentuate the sensuous lines of the body and the power of the human form are steeped in a knowledge of anatomy. But the body is a complex…

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Drawing Basics: Mixed Bag of Anatomy Inspiration

Peter Kelsey's cast drawing of the male torso. Hey fellow artists! Drawing anatomy seems overwhelming to me sometimes, but if I focus on strategies for HOW to learn it, it starts to seem doable. Here are a few tips I learned from a recent article written by Dan Gheno in Drawing magazine: Peter Kelsey's ecorche…