The roller coaster of rhythm

Drawing Feet

The rood of rhythm is o more flot, two-dimensional, left to right approach to comprehending the fluid-like balance in the body. It is the beginning of something greater. The roller coaster analogy uses the body's mosses to recognize how force moves in a three-dimensional manner through and around the figure and in and out of the page. I tell students to imagine the model's platform as the amusement park and the model as the roller coaster. Your first task is to get your mind's eye into the...

Four point perspective

Point Perspective Anime

So here it is, four-point perspective in all its glory. It reminds me of looking out o window in New York City. If you were at the height of obout the thirteenth f loor and the buildings around you were thirty f loors, this is what you would see. We have squeezed depth on both the vertical and horizontal planes with each having two points of convergence. This is the world of perspective we live in. The closer something gets to your eye, the more of a fisheye lens effect you will see. The center...

Inner thoughts outer reaction

Draw Man Cutting Grass

Let's stort with drawings of people thinking to themselves and trying to capture those thoughts. Here there is no outside stimulus. Here is o typical moment captured by Mike. The upward lift of this woman's head makes it seem os though she is in casual thought. This woman is deep in thought her burning cigarette shows us the progression of time. Above ore dif ferent people in dif ferent situations, all going about their lives. Here is on observation about the train. Since I have been commuting...

The bos and bonis of Forceful Shape

Since we hove gone over what kinds of lines create force and form, let's discuss what kinds of shapes do and don't. Notice their similarity to the rules of force from Chapter One. 1. Don't create a shape with parallel lines. Force has no way of moving obliquely through the body. As we will discuss further, human anatomy is not built in a parallel manner. 2. Don't have the same kind of force on either side of the same shape. I call this mirroring. Here the forces crash after doing their...

Perspective The strength of angles

One Point Perspective Head

The first topic we'll cover is perspective. Perspective is not difficult, it just takes some time to understand what you are seeing and know that you are capable of representing depth on the page. This happens after understanding the traditional ways of drawing it. I learned perspective in junior high first, then from How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, and then, most importantly, from the four years of architecture I studied in high school. The cube or box is the beginning of understanding...

Comparative anatomy

List One Hoofed Animals

Drawing animals on location can be more challenging than drawing people on location. The first reason is that it is harder to relate to them. They move faster and obviously in a different manner than us. How different Not os dif ferent as you may think. The way I wos taught to understand animals was to compare them to us, bring them into our world. The first step in accomplishing this is in comparing our anatomies. Once you can relate an animars anatomy to your own, you will understand their...

The function and form of fabric

Virtual Pose

Everything we hove learned so far has prepared us for the next step drawing the model clothed. The first thing to remember when drawing the clothed figure is that you are drawing a clothed figure. You must understand a figure's actions and anatomy before you can tackle the issue of clothes. Fabric now takes on the f orces and form of the person wearing it, thus making it clothing. Clothes hang on us, usually f rom the shoulders and the waist. Paying attention to the moments f rom which clothes...

Reaction the leap of faith

How Draw Manga Bodies And Anatomy

A great deal of drawing is academic, but what finally gives it power is your reaction to the reality in front of you. This reaction is pure opinion relying on academic knowledge. Reacting means you don't have time to copy. You go after full concept and feeling. The more you learn how to draw, the clearer and more powerful your reactions to the figure will be. It is time to have faith in your abilities. Put yourself out on the line, take the leap of faith, and fearlessly enjoy your experience...