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4353917 Drawing Human Figure

4353917 Drawing Human Figure

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TL;DR
Yet Another Anthro Art Tutorial
Table of Contents
 
I. The basics II. Appendices 
 
Part I. The basics
I bet you've tried it already (or you've seen it happen): you wander intoan art forum, and announce you would like to learn how to draw. Thefirst advice you usually get is “draw a lot”, or “practice practicepractice”. And this is exactly what you should be doing. Your drawingskills won't improve just by reading about it.However, drawing the same mistake over and over again is not themost efficient way to improve your skills. The first part of the tutorialwill show you some of the basic principles, and hopefully will help youto practice in a more focused way.For now, we'll stick with realism. Don't let this discourage you if yourfavorite style isn't realistic, though! Unless you're an abstract artist,the basis of your favorite style is the world around you. So let's tacklethat first, it's difficult enough already without adding all sorts of stylisticconventions.
Table of Contents
 
1. Sketching 
 
2. Human anatomy and figure drawing 
 
3. Animal anatomy 
 
4. Tying it all together: anthros 
 
5. Light and shadow 
 
Chapter 1. Sketching
Table of Contents
 
Organic shapes 
 
Geometric shapes 
 
Spheres and guidelines 
 
Exercises 
 
The
second 
bit of advice a beginning artist usually gets is “draw fromlife”. And it is excellent advice! After all, if you can't draw what is rightin front of you, you certainly won't be able to draw what you see inyour imagination either. But the advice is a bit short, and will usuallyleave the artist behind unsure of what to do next. This chapter willhelp you to get started by explaining some different sketchingmethods you can use.Materials? Ah yes. No tutorial would be complete without discussingthe materials first. It's tradition!
Figure 1.1. Materials you'll need 
 
So... a ream of the cheapest copier paper you can find, or in a pinch,the inside of a pizza box. A pencil, a burned match, or anything elsethat leaves a mark. And a pencil sharpener or a knife to keep it sharp.Don't worry about fancy stuff like erasers just yet.
Organic shapes
The most important thing to keep in mind is to start with the largestshapes, and gradually work down to the small details. This allows youto regularly check your angles and proportions. The earlier you catcha mistake, the easier it will be to fix it. The idea is to draw imaginarylines through the important points of your subject, and use a couple ofchecks to make sure they are accurate, such as using easy divisions(halves and thirds), and checking against horizontal and vertical lines.
 
The best way to explain this is by example. Let's make a sketch ofwhat is possibly the fandom's most popular critter, the red fox:
Figure 1.2.Photo of a red fox 
 
The first step is to block in the large shapes. On the left you can seethe imaginary lines I've picked as the basis. The sketch is still verylight at this point: the idea is to make the corrections on the fly,instead of slowing yourself down by erasing lines.

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