Hello, I was recently drawing and did this artwork. I was using proko's reference photos, but not sure about the gesture (which is still quite new to me). I was tracing muscles and anatomy but the torso in the model twists and the left leg is leaning toward the viewer. Not sure if I did it correctly. Here's the image:
Congrats on your drawing! The composition is very nice and I love the feeling of the man going out of the fog. The shadows cast by the helmet on hist face, with the eyes popping out of it, give a feeling of eeriness, a nice dark fantasy vibe. Take everything that follows with a grain of salt since I started drawing a few weeks ago! Like others have said, the drawing is a bit too symmetrical, for example the abs don't show the twist. This is what is mostly missing for me. The original pose is quite dynamic with the legs going forward while the torso twists upwards and to the left. That's missing in your drawing, maybe you got it in the gesture and it got lost in the way? Or maybe you could have exaggerated the pose a little more? I frame those as questions since I don't have the expertise to really give better feedback, sorry :S Keep up the good work, this is amazing! Someday I'll draw cool things like you too! Congratulations again, and I hope your drawing journey will bring you joy and happiness!
Hey I'd like to point out the design of the anatomy. The whole figure is filled with the same design. All the fingers, digits of the abs, and even the deltoid and bicep have the same design. It creates a repetition that makes the drawing look unappealing to look at. Take a look at the left arm, both the deltoid and tricep have the same "C" curve design creating a snow man look when you really should be trying to make it look dynamic. I would suggest changing the apex of both the curves to make the arm look more dynamic. Addressing your repetitive design Stan has a great video on how to design interesting anatomy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ldiiFoEiek. Look at this page from Michael Hampton's book. Notice the asymmetry and design of each curve, you won't find Michael repeating the same curve. The reason why asymmetry looks good is because it creates a pin ball effect with the eye, they eye flows from the deltoid to the tricep, then to the bicep, then to the lower forearm. Contrast that with a "snowman" design where it really doesn't look appealing at all; the eye isn't guided where to look. In my drawing, I placed the apex of the deltoid a bit lower and the apex of the tricep a bit higher to create a more appealing design. (Please excuse my terrible draftsmanship I just wanna show the idea, the deltoid is definitely too small but im too lazy to change it). Another thing you could work on is the shading. The highlights are there but it's hard to tell what's in shadow and what's in light. Clear core shadows and adding more halftones to transition to the highlights will fix this problem. Having said all this, I think your painting is solid. You really captured a dark broody mood which I love. The fog, scenery, and lighting really come together to create that mood.
Hi Marek, Your artwork looks great ! You could try exaggerating the gesture for a better result. Even when drawing quick poses, I find that exaggerating the subject's pose gives a better outcome. That helmet is so cool, by the way.