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Above and Below Illustrations from Fatality (Hellblazer no. 30), written by Jamie Delano. Copyright DC Comics Inc. Right Illustration from Yorkshire Oddities, written by S. Baring-Gould. Copyright Smith Settle Ltd. Opposite, bottom left Illustration from Gumboot Practice, written by John Francis. Copyright Smith Settle. This fundamental double-meaning of each ingredient is a I means by which we may capture the viewer's emotions, too. Some objects may be drawn in such a way that the shapes they...

Figure Drawing Without A Model

Figure Drawing Models Female

Winged flight must be humanity's oldest dream. In the myth of Icarus the feathers were stuck on with wax, a ploy clearly doomed to failure - for anatomical reasons, apart from any others. The human body has not evolved in such a way that viable wings can simply be tacked onto it. My solution would be more successful, although it would demand some drastic genetic manipulation. Once the idea had taken hold I found the image quite fascinating, and I produced several large drawings on the theme....

The Figure In Action

The human body is perhaps the most versatile living structure in nature. Homo sapiens is alone among mammals in having adopted a fully upright posture as its customary stance, and has evolved a number of unique physical characteristics as a result. The head, chest and vital organs are supported on a vertical spine, not hung below a horizontal one. As the front limbs no longer perform a supporting function, the shoulders have evolved to become wider apart, thus offering Man a far greater range...

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Gesture Drawing Models

Two pictures from Henry Siddons's Illustrations of Rhetorical Gesture and Action top 'Jealous Rage' above ' Terror'. There will be times when the figure artist, like the actor, will wish to use gesture to show specific moods and emotions or convey a message. Posture and hand motions, as well as facial expression, are among the repertoire of signals by which we both understand other people and make ourselves understood. The range of gestural expressions of emotion to be found in Gothic and...

Structure And Proportion

How Draw Manga Bodies And Anatomy

In old age the flexor muscles tend to shorten. This causes the body, when it is in a normal standing posture, to have a general bowed' shape, with rounding of the shoulders as the upper back (the dorsal spine) increases its natural curvature and the neck thrusts the face forward. Even when the body is relaxed, the arms and legs remain slightly flexed. The skin and the subcutaneous fat layers become thinner, and the muscles shrink. The elbow and wrist joints and the knuckles seem larger, and the...

Picture Composition

Female Anatomy Line Drawings

The word 'composition' refers to the way in which the various elements that constitute a picture are placed in relation to one another. The success or failure of a picture usually has more to do with how well it is composed than with how well each individual item within it is drawn. So far I have dealt with the human figure drawn virtually in isolation, with just occasionally a little background to provide setting and atmosphere. But, as we saw on page 92, good pictures don't just happen...

Comparvson Of

The illustrations on these two pages are derived from the work of D. H. Enlow in Facial Growth and B. H. Broadbent Sr, B. H. Broadbent Jr and W. H. Golden in Bolton Standards of Dentofacial Developmental Growth. Underlying the skin and overlying the muscles of the face is a layer of subcutaneous fat. Although this is of fairly even thickness over most of the face, there are a number of important cushions of fat which have a profound effect on its surface form. In the faces of babies there are...

On The Imagination

When you have had some experience in drawing the human figure from life and have assimilated the basic information about the body's structure and operation, the prospect of creating imaginative figure drawings without a model becomes far less daunting. A great amount of information about human anatomy and movement is learned in the process of drawing the posed studio model and from sketching people as they go about their daily lives, but this is not the sole purpose of such exercises. Knowledge...

From Life

Sketches of the family in the garden and watching television. Sketches of the family in the garden and watching television. All this is especially true when your subject is the human figure. Not only will you need to be able to call upon a fund of first-hand information about the body's shape and structure, you must also gain a thorough knowledge of how people stand and sit and move if you are going to be able to draw them convincingly. For this reason you should make constant use of a...

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Clothed Human Figure Drawing Model

1 4. - - rfy c gt Another quite different method is to begin with any part that interests you, drawing the pattern of darks and lights. Then draw round or across the figure to another interesting area and work on that. A delightful pattern can emerge, and often you find that the drawing seems complete enough when there are still some parts that you haven't even started. By its very nature, this approach can easily lead you to draw some parts out of proportion to others, but this is not too much...

Figure Drawing The Human Skeleton In Action

Figure Drawing Models

In the drawing here the image I wanted was of a man wearing a raincoat. I imagined his collar turned up against the weather and his coat fluttering in the wind. This was such a clear, simple image that I drew the coat collar and the edge of the coat first. Once I had this image down I could see that the illustration would be most effective if I left out the man's feet. In this way the fluttering movement of the coat would become the main part of the drawing. All that remained for me to do to...

Introduction

Drawing Clinical Depression

This book is about drawing creatively. It will show you how to use your imagination to create drawings that go beyond what may be set up or posed in a studio and drawn from observation - in other words, how to create drawings that originate in the mind. This is not something that only the artistically gifted can achieve it is possible for anybody. When an artist is described as ' gifted',' talented',' creative' or' original', it is usually implied that his or her ability is very rare and...

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Clothed Human Figure Drawing Model

The tubes of flexible material in which we encase our bodies are probably best seen as being a part of the figure itself, and the simple diagrams on these two pages show the way in which creases and folds occur in them. Factors which affect the shapes and creases include the style and cut of the garment, the weight and stiffness of the material, and the amount and type of padding which the garment may have. The way to understand fully how clothing behaves is through sketching and observation...

Drawing From Life

Drawing Human Body Proportions

Family make ideal subjects because they are readily available and will often be engaged in activities which do not involve a great amount of movement, such as reading or watching television. Most people are willing to be cooperative - and, indeed, find it quite companionable to be sketched as they perform some domestic chore like washing up. In order to maintain your subjects' willingness it is advisable not to take too long over each drawing. Virtually anyone can on occasion be persuaded to...

The Face

Facial Structure Ethnicity

The playwright Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593 attributed the launching of a thousand ships to Helen of Troy's face and, although it seems unlikely that that portion of her anatomy was alone responsible for so much dockyard activity, few would deny the singular importance of the face in distinguishing one person from another. If presented with a few portrait photographs, almost anyone can be prevailed upon to give an opinion about the personality of each one, and these will show a remarkable...

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Drawing Without Sketching

The sequences above and to the left show two people serving at tennis. In the sequence above the player is using only the arm and shoulder to swing the racquet, with possibly a little help from the right leg to increase the force of the stroke. In the second sequence the whole body is used to gain a more forceful swing. The upper torso is curved back, so that the legs, waist, abdomen and shoulder all contribute simultaneously to the action of striking the ball. At the moment of impact, almost...

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Figure Drawing Without Model

The ten-frame sequence above is an excellent example of tension build-up and suspense. It was scripted by Jamie Delano, one of the most highly skilled writers in graphic narrative today. The man wearing the trilby hat in the first frame is already known by the reader to have murdered an entire family. In this scene, he lurks in a shop doorway after dark, waiting for the main character, John Constantine, to emerge from Morgan's corner shop, where he lodges. A little extra twist is added to the...

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Whole Body Movement Drawings

Upright posture is maintained by the sacrospinalis muscles in the back, which bind the spine tightly to the pelvis and hold the torso erect, and by the gluteus maximus muscle of the buttock, which holds the trunk upright on the legs. As we noted in Chapter 2, strong ligaments at the front of the groin prevent backward articulation of the thigh, while others at the back of the knee prevent forward articulation of the knee joint. In a normal standing posture, the hip is slightly forward of the...

Female Skoeton Rear View

Rear View Human Skeleton

The normal human skeleton consists of 206 bones, providing a mobile supporting framework for the body and a protective carapace for the vital organs. There are also the sesamoid bones, which are formed in tendons and do not directly connect with the others. These are not counted in the total of 206, and are not germane to our discussion here. The bones are bound to one another by tough, flexible ligaments. At the joints, each articulating bone surface is covered by a thin layer of cartilage,...

Anime Woman Sketch

Drawing Face Acrowd

The femur thigh-bone is fitted into the pelvis at a ball-and-socket joint which offers free forward movement with some sideways and rotary articulation. Backward movement can only be effected by tilting the pelvis. The bones of the neck are the seven cervical vertebrae that comprise the upper portion of the spine. The large muscles which affect the shape of the neck are the trapezius at the back and, at the front, the sternomastoids, which run from the back of the ear down towards the inner...

Male Skeleton Front Vievj

Drawing Hands Flat

There are just over 600 voluntary muscles in the human body, but for our purposes here it is necessary to discuss only the larger superficial muscle groups which affect the shape of the body and are responsible for the movement of the limbs, and the rather more complex muscles which effect facial movement All these are referred to as skeletal muscles. Most skeletal muscles are attached at both ends to bones via tendons and act rather like tension springs, in that they are able to contract in...

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Drawing Facial Expressions

Opposite, top Facial expressions are achieved by movements of the soft facial tissue. Opposite, top Facial expressions are achieved by movements of the soft facial tissue. The musculature of the face is basically quite simple, although there are several layers of muscles which allow very subtle movements of the facial tissue, and thereby facilitate facial expression. These muscles are attached at one end to bone and at the other to the skin and its concomitant subcutaneous flesh. Pursing and...

Bibliography

Human Figure Drawing Models

Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events, Otley, Smith Settle, 1987 Bordwell, D., and Thompson, K. Film Art An Introduction, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1979 Come Sketching, London, Studio, 1954 Braun, A.A. The Hieroglyphic Method of Life Drawing, London, Drawing Ltd, 1916 Broadbent, B.H. Sr, Broadbent, B.H. Jr, and Golden, W.H. Bolton Standards of Dentofacial Developmental Growth, St Louis, C.V. Mosby amp Co., 1975 Cassells, B., and Lowden, I. Clancy's Casebook, Edinburgh, Oliver amp Boyd,...

Composition Figure

Triceps Draw

Page numbers in italics refer to the sites of relevant captions abdominal muscles 32, 35 action poses 62-85, 81 age, ageing 51, 66, 113 anatomy 29-51,30-51 apoplectic habitus 114 apple-cheekedness 110 Arabian Nights, The 146, 147 Aristotle 121 arms 31, 38-9 balance 63-7, 67, 70, 74, 77 barrelling 127 Bauhaus School 57 biceps 32, 33,33, 38 biceps femoris 32 Blyton, Enid 147, 147 body language 116-17 body types 114-15 Bodywatching Morris 117 Bolton Standards of Dentofacial Developmental Growth...

Muscular Body Motion Sketches

Figure Drawing Without Model

As always, weight distribution affects the compensatory movements the body makes during running. The soldier at bottom right swings the heavy gun he is carrying to left and right to keep his lateral balance over whichever foot is in, or about to be in, contact with the ground this ensures that he doesn't fall over sideways. His centre of gravity is not, however, vertically above the supporting foot at any moment, as it would be if he were standing still and lifting alternate legs his whole body...

Figure Drawing Without Model

Figure Drawing Without Model

The rocking motion of the pelvis in the female figure tends to be a little more pronounced than in the male owing to the greater width at the hips and consequent slightly wider set of the legs. When a baby first begins to walk, almost all its concentration is focused on maintaining balance, because the head and torso account for so much of the total body-weight. So the arms are held out and up, and the child 'toddles' precariously along. But later, as the legs lengthen and strengthen, balance...

Graphic Narrative

Narrator Model

Graphic narrative, or what is commonly called comic-strip, uses words and sequences of images in tandem in order to tell a story. As an artform it lies roughly at the crossroads between literature, illustration and cinema, having much in common with all three and containing elements of each. It is like literature in that it is concerned with telling a story, like illustration in that it uses drawings to give visual information, and like cinema in that it uses a combination of words and images...

Although Not Necessarily In The Centre Of The Picture Are It Is What The Picture S Composition Determines That The Eye

You, the artist, govern the way in which a picture is viewed. You control what is seen first, how the eye of the viewer travels round the picture, and what is perceived as important. With careful planning and organization, any figure or object in the picture can be given special prominence or played down, and aspects of character and mood can be emphasized. The first thing to decide upon is your centre of interest. This is the object, figure or group that is the main subject of the picture -...

Character And Expression

Nude Anime Drawings

To describe this subtle and profound means of communication. Desmond Morris's books Manwatching 1978 and Bodywatching 1985 are popular classics in this field. Our ability to read the feelings and attitudes of our fellow human beings is probably better educated today than was generally the case in the past, and consequently we have to beware of emphasizing too strongly the message contained in the body-positions of the figures we draw. This page Sketches tor Mandamus, written by Bernard King....