DISCLAIMER * Long post about study observations *
So, I've finally, after a break from the subject, resumed my anatomy studies in term 3, but as an exercise to review what I've observed, and share some of the terribly ugly process, I'm sharing some of the conclusions of this session.
On the first part of Anatomy 2 of the course marc suggests a simplified skeleton, I had already studied skeletal anatomy so this was quite easy to get my head around and a welcome shorthand, I sketched it a few times and then looked up some poses and overlaid the skeleton on top.
This was pretty cool, A+ for Marc
Here is where things go a bit lopsided.
I start with [A] and build a normal 8 head guideline with a super simple figure for reference.
[B] is where it gets interesting, exercises like this are difficult for me because I can't turn objects in space in my head, got a mild case of full on aphantasia going on here (interesting condition if anyone wants to know more about it just ask)
I was trying to feel out the dimensions my matching proportions of the reference to the guidelines, and did an awful job when looking at it now
Then I tried to do a general outline of the figure using that model as reference and it looks nothing like it
[C] I start by making some changes to the previous one based on observations only, no measuring yet (the traditional kind, with the thumb and eye ) hmmm, mild improvements, the old adage that if the construction is bad the end result is bad ads up here.
Since this is to establish a base line before learning the anatomy, no actual knowledge of the subject is applied here... because I don't really have any. ah!
[D] I scrapped the previous example and then did a lengthier version where I measure everything with the ol' thumb and eye, pretty successful, its 95% there to the reference, but I always feel there is less understanding of the figure when I do this
Some observations I did at the end where I overlayed [A+D] and [B+D]
First I was really surprised that the initial guidelines I made match nearly perfectly to the end model, goes to prove the method is pretty solid
on the second image I saw that it was a little closer to the last than I thought, if only there was more time and observations put into the simplified skeleton this may have turned out better from the start
It also accentuated that even if the skeleton is similar, without knowing how the muscles connect and wrap around the bones, the figures often don't look as natural and proportional as they should.
So, my parting question for you is, do you think I should spend some more time trying to get better at placing the skeleton in a figure like in the [B[ drawing, or should move on with the lessons, and everything will make more sense after?
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