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Anubhav Saini
Feet drawing practice these were done with a refference I am looking to get feedback on gesture structure anatomy and shape design
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Hey, @Anubhav Saini! Thanks for your patience in waiting for my delayed reply. I think this is a nice set of foot studies. Good job putting in the time to practice this important (yet sometimes neglected) part of the anatomy. Ironically, I haven’t yet studied the feet lesson myself (but not because I neglect them, haha…). Anyway, I’m not qualified to comment about the anatomy in your drawings right now, so sorry! I’ll make some comments on the other aspects you asked though. In terms of structure (not taking anatomy into account): I believe there might be a bit of a strong emphasis on the outer outlines overall. In the areas of the toes, the overlaps help convey a bit of depth, but on the foot’s major form and on the leg, the drawings don’t feel as 3D. Some techniques to focus less on flat contours and bringing up even more of the spatiality could be to think of simple 3D forms when constructing the rough sketch, then using cross-contours and varied line weight to help describe more of the 3D form. I’m attaching a couple of examples. Regarding gesture: drawings 2, 8, 12 and 17 show a pretty nice sense of gesture to me. 17 is certainly my favorite - I love that S-shaped motion going down from the ankle to the big toe. When I compare 17 with 16, which describe the same pose, I notice that 16 doesn’t feel as dynamic, and I think it’s because the S-curve is not looking as strong. Same goes for 14 and 15 in comparison to one another: they show the foot in the same pose, but 15 looks a bit more dynamic and natural because the two sides of the contours are more asymmetrical, while, in drawing 14, the curves are more subtle, and the two sides feel more like parallel rhythms rather than flowing curves. Try to notice this same pattern in other drawings: when you want the gesture to feel more dynamic, try to look for ways to avoid straight parallel rhythms and accentuate asymmetry, curviness and flow instead. And about shape design: I notice that some drawings, such as 3, 8, 20 and 23 look more stylized and cartoony compared to others such as 6, 15, 18 and 21, which have more realistic proportions. I wonder if it was your intention to purposely “cartoonize” some drawings more than others. I think one thing I’d suggest would be to maybe divide this exercise in two separate moments: first, study just the realistic anatomy and draw the feet with the shapes and average proportions that they tend to have in real human bodies; and then, only afterwards, practice drawing them with a more cartoony or stylized approach. The reason for practicing in this order is to help you get solidly acquainted with the realistic qualities of the anatomy before attempting to change and invent your own designs. I think it could be interesting to even draw the exact same poses, first realistically, and then stylized, so you could compare and assess your design choices based on the realistic standards. And, finally, a suggestion: since this exercise is related to the How to Draw Feet lesson, you could feel free to post your drawings directly on the lesson’s page, under the “Assignments” tab (instead of creating a new topic). Posting assignments in their respective lesson’s page may increase the chance of getting feedback from the community because it allows other people who are studying that same topic to see your work. Hope this helps! Please let me know in case you have any other questions. Best regards!
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