Male Upper Body Studies (seeking feedback)
Hello Proko Community! I did some sketches of some male models because I wanted to study different body types and how to draw them. My goal here was to get the major forms and superficial muscles of the body down and see how they differ between men with different builds and body shapes. Please let me know if there's anything I could do better. I've attached the image below. Reference photo credits: References for the red and green sketches were provided by Grafit Studios Reference for the blue sketch was provided by DaeStock on DeviantArt
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Steve Lenze
Hey James, The advise you already got was right on. I just wanted to add that you should really analyze the pose to see what is actually happening. Which way is the torso tilting or twisting. What is the pelvis doing and the head, what is its orientation. Then build all that information into your structural drawing before adding surface details like anatomy. If you do this part correct, your drawings will already feel like real, 3D figures. I did a sketch to show you what I mean, I hope it helps :)
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Looking at this and your other posts, I think it’d be valuable at this stage in your development to focus deeply on structure. These that you’ve posted are superficially different body types, but they are very flat, and I don’t think they will be as useful to you as they would be if you had drawn them with a focus on structure. Any mannequin structure is fine, but a super duper simple cube and cylinder structure is going to help tremendously to begin to think about the human body in terms of volume. If you struggle to draw structure, wrapping complex anatomy around that structure is going to be very challenging. Additionally, I would try to place about an equal focus on neatness. Your goal at this stage should be to make coherent, carefully considered drawings - they don’t need to be flawless but they need to be clear. One of the best ways to learn to draw cleanly as an early student is to get a big pad of newsprint and draw big, using the whole arm. It’s good to start learning a bit about line weight and how you can use it to emphasize overlaps and so on, but primarily just try to be tidy. The smaller you draw, the harder this will be - drawing a full figure or a complicated construction on a 5x7 moleskine page is going to be very difficult. As an exercise, I like to draw just piles of tumbling cubes. You can vary the sizes, or even the amount of perspective distortion between them. You can overlap them and try to use line weight to make it clear which is behind which. They don’t have to be perfect proportional cubes for this exercise to be valuable, but you should try to approximate 3 point perspective for each cube. When you don’t know what to draw this is a great “filler” exercise to help yourself get a sense of rough perspective and space, and to train your brain to focus on being tidy, but not ruler strict. Edit: To tie this back into your Proko studies, once you’re semi comfortable with a very generic cube mannequin, you can begin to distort and design those volumes a little bit to make them more organic, as in the “robo-bean” construction, which combines volume with a little bit of gestural thinking.
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