Proko Challenge BETA - Cartoon Anatomy
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Stan Prokopenko
Announcing a Proko Challenge just for Beta testers judged by our hero @Liandro! We're testing out running challenges here in the community instead of on Instagram. Since this challenge is open only to beta testers, your chances of winning are much higher than a normal Proko Challenge! -- RULES -- 1. Get creative and imagine what the bones and muscles of cartoon characters look like. 2. Post your submission as a reply to THIS TOPIC. Feel free to post progress images as you’re working on it (also as a reply here). 3. Comment and upvote your favorites from other participants. We will have a community choice award. Community voting will be open for 5 days after the submission deadline. 4. Liandro will be judging on creativity and anatomical accuracy. -- DEADLINE -- April 14th, 2021 at 11:59 pm (PDT) -- PRIZES -- 1st Place - Proko Anatomy course, Proko Skull, and all 15 Proko model packs and Models in Motion packs 2nd Place - Proko Skull and all 15 Proko model packs and Models in Motion packs 3rd Place - All 15 Proko model packs and Models in Motion packs Community Choice - Choice of AnatomyTools Male 1:6  OR  Wacom One Creative Pen display Proko Team Choice - Proko Skull
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Hi all, This was fun and challenging. I tried to imagine some Disney character skeletons, and this scene is what I ended up with. I have not done the anatomy class yet, so had to rely on the knowledge from figure drawing.
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N. Yeagy
This is so cool
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Liandro
@Lasse Jin Voldbirk So cool! I love the idea and story behind the scene, and it’s nice to see the thumbnails and the process. I can only imagine how it must have been extra challenging since you mentioned not having studied anatomy yet. Thank you for stepping up and joining the challenge, Lasse!
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Steffen Anzivino
You put a lot of thought into this, that is well done.
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Side Shave Laura
I've been on a Miyazaki kick lately, so I started with great ambition to do a few creatures until I realized how CRAZY DIFFICULT comparative anatomy is, and I've gone down this rabbit hole of how to actually create a Catbus. I've been studying turtle anatomy for the carapace and Cheetah anatomy for the speedy limbs. I'd love to further explore the relationship Catbus form with bioluminescent rodents, but as time ticks, I wanted to get the community's feedback on other animals to incorporate, and how the heck are you guys constructing animal pelvises? GUYS I HAD NO IDEA how freaking weird our pelvis is to have adapted to carrying all our organs. All quadrupeds need is a socket joint for their femurs, but we went and became all bipedal. Only after trying to draw turtle and cat pelvises did I realize how freaking weird we are. Cheers to humanity, let me know if y'all see how I can improve the construction and rendering. Thank you! Laura
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Sven Knoch
Wow, that is some detailed anatomy! Please explain though, how the poor catbus shall run effectively fast without pauses with so little lung volume? But the skeleton is awesome 😊
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Kenji Okagawa
really cool
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Liandro
@Side Shave Laura Gingrich Gee, Laura, I’m amazed by how far you took this challenge! This is a wacky and awesome creature (Miyazaki is really out of this world), and just the thought of combining a turtle (known to be slow) with a cheetah (one of the fastest animals) seems oddly daunting to me. I really like your care for tying down the design choices in order for the anatomy to make sense, must have been quite some time spent researching and crafting these ideas. And I agree, it’s freaking weird how species are able to change and adapt. Nature is really stunning. Thanks for sharing your take in this adventure!
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Matthew Manghi
Here's my stab at at. Decided to get out the anatomy book and see if I could figure out the musculature of "He-Man" in his signature pose. I've never really tried to do something like that and it was pretty fun. Not sure if it's what you folks were looking for, but it certainly was a great learning process for myself, since I've never really tried to go through the musculature of the whole figure like this before.
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Justin Hatcher
this is awesome! your drawing is even more dynamic than the reference. Way to go!
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Liandro
@Matthew Manghi Nostalgia! I used to watch a lot of He-Man as a kid :) Certainly a cartoon character worth a muscle study. I like how the changes you made to the pose help make it more powerful. Nice work, Matthew! Thank you for taking the challenge!
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Great job! Reminds me of my He-Man collection as child. I can still smell the material they where made of :D
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Adam Wiebner
How to Master the Proko Anatomy Course in 4 EASY STEPS, a tutorial by HOBBES
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Sven Knoch
Hahaha, great, love it. Cartoon proportions: Head as big as the rest of the body. Bill Watterson, a huge Schulz fan, adopted this from the Peanuts characters. It's the puppies principle. Puppies have similar proportions that protect their defenseless little lives by making them loog "cute" 😊
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Liandro
@Adam Wiebner Hahaha Good one, Adam! And step number 4 applies to so much other stuff in life too :D I really like the super rounded, cute and stylized shapes of the skeleton. Also, how not to love Calvin and Hobbes? Thank you for participating on the fun!
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Stan Prokopenko
LOL. love this.
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Pamela Dowie
hi here is my Monster submission! thanks for the challenge!
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Sven Knoch
The skull mike made me actualy laugh out loud being all by myself. Knowing that people watching comedy all by themselves almost never show strong reactions that was quite something 😄
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Ankita Sri S P
Wow!! This is amazing!!
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very nice 👌😄
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Steffen Anzivino
Alright, here is my submission. Appa from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’
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withoutrespect
Great job. The first thing that I thought of was appa but like from hell lol
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Liandro
@Steffen Anzivino This is really great work, Steffen! Beautiful drawing and strong design. Very nice interpretation of this character. The missing horn is a cool touch and even makes his silhouette clearer. The forms, shading and texture look so good! Thank you for joining this challenge and congrats!
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Thomas Donovan
It is really good, great job.
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Kia Tucano
Hi everyone! Here is my Pink Challenge! It took me some time. My goals were to have fun and learn, to present something complete (even if not perfect) in a composition that I liked. Here is the procedure that I followed: 1. I drew many Pink Panthers from the old cartoons (with my son) to become familiar with the character - and have fun 2. I studied the character from the anatomical point of view - I used these resources: - Proko Anatomy Course - Anatomy books - Web resources - Introduction to Animal Anatomy by Marshall Vandruff 3. I drew several preparatory sketches - as I have not yet studied anatomy in depth, I preferred to focus on the skeleton - the muscular representation is only sketched, more difficult    4. I combined everything together in a composition that I liked (actually I started from the very beginning thinking about the composition, drawing many thumbnails, and changing my mind several times) Thank you @Stan Prokopenko for choosing me as a beta tester, I never thanked you before for this
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Liandro
@Kia Tucano The Pink Panther was one of my favorite shows as a kid too and I believe it influenced a lot of things in my work as a cartoonist. I could tell there was a lot of thought and work behind your drawing even before reading about your process! I love how much you cared for this piece: the design ideas, the fancy lettering, the reference to the first Proko anatomy episode PLUS the little “easter eggs” in the scene - the framed picture, the food bucket. Really cool to see. Thank you for being a part of this, Kia!
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Pink Panther was one of my childhood favorite cartoons. I like your work with it and that little brain on the little dude is hilarious :) Great job!
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Jim A
I love the thinking behind this and the presentation. Nice!
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Jim A
This scene from Hergé's Adventures of Tintin - Destination Moon came to mind when I saw this challenge. The Thom(p)son twins are spooked after seeing each other through an X-ray screen... This was a real challenge. It was only once I'd started that I realised how hard it would be. I had to go back through the Proko videos and lesson notes for a crash course on bones and muscles and ended up going down the rabbit hole. The Skelly app was really useful for setting up the pose and taking the guesswork out of how a bone looks from an unusual angle. I have an old graphics tablet but it's a bit awkward and not easy for getting any kind of flow, especially for the initial sketch. So I started with pencil or fineliner pens on tracing paper, scanned in, then cleaned up and corrected (or redrew completely) in digital. This was fun, but I need a lie down. Here are the pics with some process shots...
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Liandro
@Jim A This is really fun, Jim! Hergé is awesome, this is such an amusing page. It’s astounding to see how much work you put into all of this: the drawing itself, all the studying behind, the way you presented it here, the GIF animation (love the “Prokovision” label, haha). Really good idea to use Skelly for this! THANK YOU for the tip about using rolls of tracing paper instead of sheets :D And thank you for joining in the challenge!
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Very precise work there and I like the little animation you have added to show it. Great job!
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Kia Tucano
Dupond et Dupont! Cool!
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Jesse Yao
Since webtoons were what first made me consider going on the art journey, I decided to pay some homage to one of the monsters from Sweet Home, probably the most successful thriller webtoon that's been made. Knowing nothing and then deciding to draw the anatomy of this (uh, gentleman?) was an interesting challenge. Notes - the 9th rib which is usually floating I decided to connect with the 2 ribs of above it with cartilage to the bridge of the nose (which also acts as a regular sternum) to provide the necessary range of motion this gentlemen has been seemed doing (refer to pureref board). The 10th rib's cartilage that attaches to the chin was originally intended to be insertion point of the secondary platysma, but the challenge of fusing facial and torso muscles on top of a fused skeleton proved to be a little too beyond my reaches. I included my process and studies in a reply to this with the pureref board I used to construct all this. Used a LAMY Safari F, Copic Sketch C3, Prismacolor white and blue ballpoint on top of strathmore toned tan for this. Fun challenge, but DEFINITELY a challenge!
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Liandro
@Jesse Yao Man, this is a dreadfully impressive character, and I gotta say, even with bulky anatomy knowledge, designing how his bones should look and function can’t be easy! It definitely must have been a real challenge, Jesse, I commend you for having the guts to face it. Thank you for being a part of this!
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Steffen Anzivino
I’m loving your style.
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Wow, this reminds me of a Japanese movie I once saw. Good job!
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fyll
2mo
i bit more than i can chew. this was harder than i anticipated ngl, and tbh i'm not even gonna try the muscle part. man why do kingpin gotta have this type of body. proko CHALLENGE, got it.
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Liandro
@fyll I really like how the skeleton’s design somehow mirrors the character’s mood and personality! And it’s clear that you pulled off a great sense of mass and weight. Very nice art, Fyll! Congrats and thank you for joining the challenge!
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Joe Watson
Thicc!
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Adam Wiebner
Great job getting the feel of weight, massiveness!
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Jo Sheridan
This was really fun and really interesting to do - makes you realise how tricky this stuff is ... anyway, a blast from the past - Snoopy!
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Liandro
@Jo Sheridan What a thorough work, Jo! Awesome anatomical studies, nice hatching-style shading. Also, I like how you adapted the forms and proportions to fit into Snoopy’s design. Now I can’t help but wonder what Woodstock would look like. :D Thank you for joining this challenge!
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Kia Tucano
I love Joe Cool... or Jo Cool?
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
I love this little dude. Great job!
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Peter Cohen
mermaid skeleton
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Peter Cohen
@Lasse Jin Voldbirk @Adam Wiebner @Liandro thanks for the comments, fun challenge, looking forward to more!
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Liandro
@Peter Cohen Whoa, Peter! This must have been challenging. I really like how you thought of a continuous flow from spine to tail. Also, nice job maintaining the expression on her hands! Thank you for joining us in this!
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
I feel like the skull is smiling like she does. Nice job!
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Mathieu Dufour
Here my contribution! I’ve got a lot of fun to do this 😄
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Liandro
@Mathieu Dufour This is fun, Mathieu! I like how far you’ve gone with the study and how much care you seem to have put into the work. Also, nice job adapting the pelvis forms! Glad you had fun! Thank you for joining us!
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Angiev
Lol.....great job
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Adam Wiebner
Fig leaf is hilarious and anatomy studies are funny too, great job!
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Marco Sordi
Hello everybody. Here is my study of Olaf's skeleton. Just let me explain a couple of points. The first is that I tried to choose a type of joint that would explain Olaf's ability to disconnect the main parts of his body and reconnect them in different order to create different shapes. So I drew the joints (including the 4 vertebrae of the spine) with the top convex and the bottom concave. This also gives Olaf a wide range of motion. The second point concerns the rib cage, the bone structure of the shoulders and the respective joints. I wanted to create something alternative (I wanted the ribs to have an "alien" design) but still be similar to human structure. Thanks so much. It was a lot of fun.
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Liandro
@Marco Sordi Wow, such a thorough structure! Maybe this is how they design animatronics at theme parks? I really like your design choices, Marco - especially how you considered the function and motion of the vertebrae, and also how you carefully adapted the bones to fit his rounded and pliable forms. Nice work and thank you for joining us!
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Adam Wiebner
Well done! As i see this I can hear the song now...”Do you wanna build a snowman?”
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Very well thought out and Good crafted. I like it 👍
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Tarek Khazendar
Hi guys! Here is my entry for the challenge. Had a lot of fun with these characters. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is a great place to find really extreme anatomy distortions. Hope you enjoy it! Tarek
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Liandro
@Tarek Khazendar This is awesome! There’s a lot of things I like about your piece: the line-up composition; the posing of the characters; how the bone anatomy maintains the uniqueness of each character design (the little guy with a floating ribcage is so fun); the X-Ray look, which is eye-catching and nicely painted. Very good job adapting the 2D-flat original designs into this 3D anatomy-focused take. Really cool work, Tarek. Thank you for joining and congrats!
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Pamela Dowie
Love the glow effect!
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Jim A
Wow, that glow looks great. Love the variety of characters.
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Stan Prokopenko
Congratulations to the winners! This ended up being one of my favorite challenges so far. We definitely need to do this prompt again once we launch to the public. Every submission was really good and choosing winners was difficult. Here they are: 1st - @Tarek Khazendar 2nd - @Steffen Anzivino 3rd - @fyll Community Choice - @Joe Watson Team Choice - @Mathieu Dufour Science Award - @Side Shave Laura Gingrich
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Liandro
PHEW! It was really difficult and almost unfair having to choose winners! I got mindblown, laughed a lot and had the best time looking at all the submissions :D So many creative ideas, such dedicated work and so much care put into the drawings! Thank you all who participated, this was a pleasure! And thank you @Stan Prokopenko, we should definitely do this again!
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fyll
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Side Shave Laura
Nice work guys!!! This challenge was an excellent idea, it was wonderful seeing everyone come out of the woodwork. And the timeline was great, we had a few days to get it together, but I appreciate the tighter deadline so we didn't end up with a thousand revisions!
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Elisabet M
Hello everyone! Here is my entry :)
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Liandro
@Elisabet M Oooohhh the little Bart fetus is sooo cute! Hahaha I love it! Your care for the polish is pleasing to notice as well. Nice take, Elisabet! Thank you for being a part of this challenge!
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Jim A
Love the top of the Bart skull!
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Adam Wiebner
Very funny and great job on the skeleton!
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Thomas Donovan
Ok, heres my entry - do me a favor and don't look too close to the hands and hoofs ahaha this was fun, thankyou Proko/Proko team - I learned heaps at hyper speed.
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Liandro
@Thomas Donovan What a challenge, Thomas! Lots of overlaps and foreshortening here. The muscular versions live up to these bulky characters. Good job and thank you for joining us!
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Cool! Looks really good.
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Adam Wiebner
I dig it! Hat is a nice touch on the skeleton study!
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Joe Watson
So up for this - did some quick doodles this morning, this could end up being very cursed imagery.
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Ha ha, so fun and so well done 👍
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Joe Watson
Here is my entry! I'm sorry
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Monica
Hi! Here is my submission, it's Wooper, one of my favourite gen 2 Pokemon!
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Liandro
@Monica I like it a lot, Monica! It’s weirdly fun to imagine that such a simplified character would have so many muscles underneath :) I’m onboard with Pamela, this works so nice as a set, like a triptic! Thank you for being a part of the challenge!
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Pamela Dowie
I love this set and can imagine them hanging on a wall
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Lasse Jin Voldbirk
Nice and clean. Good job!
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