Monday, 9 March 2009
05:58:01 AM (GMT)
So... I wrote this to someone on gaia who was asking people for advice on anatomy,
and I thought I'd share it with you guys too. <3
Hmm, well, while I'm no expert, here's some advice.
Buy anatomy books, study facial structure, the eyes can't be in the middle of the
forehead, or the sockets would be too high in the skull, and push the brain. They
can't be too low, because then they are in your cheek bones, and that would be
Learn where all the muscles go. Arms can't be the size of sticks, because there is
muscle and bone there that thickens it. Same with legs, and don't forget about
kneecaps. You NEED kneecaps, without them your legs wouldn't bend. So when you're
drawing legs keep in mind the knee can't just be an arrow, there has to be some
width, where the kneecap would be.
When you draw the body, you guidelines at first. Draw all the joints, like the
elbows, knees, ankles, fingers, wrists, and so on, it'll help the overall appearance
later on. Use shapes, like ovals or rectangles, to see how big something (i.e. an
arm) would be.
FOLDS OF CLOTHES ARE IMPORTANT.
You can't just draw random lines for clothing folds. Think about gravity. If the
pants are loose, there can't be a line going horizontal across the pants with him
standing up straight. That defy's the laws of gravity. Think about where the body is
UNDER the clothes, draw the person first, then add the clothes. Same with hair, draw
the skull first, then add the hair onto it, don't just start off the hair right after
Think about necks. Necks start at the end of your ear, but most people start drawing
it where the jaw is. That's fine, because it looks natural, but you can't have stick
skinny necks, the same going for you can't have necks wider than you're head. It
doesn't look right.
For hands, try looking at your own as a reference. Move your hands into different
positions and then practice drawing it on paper. Break up the hands into separate
sections. Palm, knuckles, and the joints. Then it'll be easier to draw the hand.
Hands are also about as big as your face when the fingers are spread, so keep that in
Remember that the elbows should be almost in line with the waist, and that womans
hips go out farther than mens. Hair doesn't defy gravity..unless you're using hair
gel. Your height is the length of your arms when they are spread out.
Hmm, I'm not sure what else to write. Eyes don't end at the eyelid, draw a eye-sized
circle first then the eyelids on top of that to get a more realistic eye. Irises and
pupils are circular, so don't just draw two lines and a dot, that makes it seem
cartoony and unrealistic, unless that's what you're going for.
..I think that's it. Hope it helps.