I hadn't done any figure analysis in a while, and thought it would be a good idea to get some of these going again. Anyone who wants to, feel free to join in. We'll start off with analysis on one of Frank Frazetta's combat paintings.
Okay, I said I'd try this in gouache and here it is. I'm not particularly happy with it. I think I went too dark with the values, and I'm not used to how the paint handles when blending, but I learned some things in the attempt. I think I'll do another eye or two from a photograph to see if I can't get the values down better.
Great stuff! I can't recommend these studies enough. I used to do these studies drawing people in the park. It really took my understanding of form to the next level. This is a really old idea. Here is a figure study in basic forms from Italian Painter Luca Cambiaso from around 1560.
Here is a cool variation on the exercise, where you imagine what happens next, as if you were story boarding, doing key animation, or making panels in a comic. If you have trouble drawing things from your imagination, this can help. The Captain America panel for analysis here was drawn by Chris Samnee.
I did a one point perspective box tutorial for this thread. For figure analysis, you don't need to know every detail of perspective. You just need to learn enough about how convergence works in order to estimate the convergence of boxes with a little authority. I highly recommend doing the exercise if you have never done it before. Draw them like glass so you understand what is happening all around the box. The first time I did this exercise, the light bulbs really started to go off.
For the second analysis, we'll do Mike Wieringo. Mike was not only a great artist, but a great human being. In the early days of social media, there was a site called Drawingboard.org. Mike would frequently come on and offer encouragement to those of us on the forum trying to level up. He set such a great example for those of us on the forum and is greatly missed.
I like that idea. I own a lot of drawing books and I’m sure most people here do as well. It would be very helpful to be able to compare notes and thoughts as we all work our way through whatever tome, to see where we might be overlooking or misunderstanding something. There’s definitely a few books I own that have baffled me. Seeing how other people incorporate techniques from the same titles would be beneficial for sure.
I’m Adam and I live in North Carolina. I am an aspiring comic book writer/artist and am doing my best to be as well rounded as I can. Artistically, it’s been a struggle and I’m still miles from where I want to be. But when I look at my earlier work from years ago it’s apparent to me how much progress I’ve made and it helps me keep a level head. Looking forward to learning in this environment. Here are some of my drawings I don’t outright hate. 😁
Here are my notes from the the first time I watched the video and some heads I drew tonight using the 3D Loomis head model. The model is a very nice tool. It's worth signing up for the premium version if you're really trying to nail this down.