Anonymous asked: Hey, you look like you have so much fun making art. (And it's fun to look at your art.) Since I started trying to learn anatomy art is NOT fun.... What do you recommend?
Hey! Thanks very much for the kind words :D
Are you saying that learning anatomy is sucking the fun out of art? Well, I can totally understand that sometimes having to go through the foundations/basics can be a total slog, but I think it really helps to think of it as building the base to make your drawings even stronger. Learning proper anatomy/drawing basics can really help your drawings grow in leaps and bounds, and it’ll help you draw the things in your head that you actually WANT to draw.
If it’s anatomy in particular that’s dragging you down, then I highly suggest 1) taking a class, 2) life drawing, and 3) self-study.
1— I don’t know where you’re located, but if there are local colleges that offer courses in life drawing or figure studies it might be worth it to take a look. I find that it can be easier to focus in an environment dedicated to learning. If you happen to be in the southern CA area I can definitely recommend art focused schools such as LAAFA and CDA. They have instructors that are currently working in the industry as well as highly motivated students. It’s a great way to learn and build connections at the same time—I’ve known some students who travel all the way from Europe just to attend.
If local schools/traveling aren’t options, then there are also some online schools. Schoolism offers some courses on figure/drawing skills, and there’s a good foundational figure class here, taught by Rad Sechrist. There are also plenty of other online resources—even tutorials that you can find if you search for reference on Pinterest—so I encourage you to hunt around.
2— Try life drawing, but not just in dedicated classes. Do it all the time. Whether you’re out with friends or in class take a sketchbook and just do observational drawings. It can be a little more fun to try and capture figures out in the real world, and it’s good practice to get people/animals in motion.
3— Here are some good anatomy books if you want to study on your own time:
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Peck
Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth by Loomis (as well as his heads/hands book)
Constructive Anatomy by Bridgman
Nicolaide’s Natural Way to Draw
Die Gestalt des Menschen by Bammes
It can also be a lot of fun to pick up some japanese pose books and use the poses for characters you have/scenes you want to draw. You can also take those forms and break them down to better understand how they work.
Sorry this turned into an essay, and I hope at least some of it is helpful. I think ultimately I think of learning anatomy as adding to my drawing arsenal, and when I think about how it’ll help me improve and grow it makes me more motivated to study it. If you practice and practice you really learn to appreciate when you finally do a great life drawing, or when you’re trying to figure out a tough pose for your superhero character and you know how to make it work because you understand the anatomy behind it. It’s tough to learn for anyone, but it’s worth it. Good luck! :)