Ape Skulls and Skeletons Assignment
Ape Skulls and Skeletons Assignment
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Ape Anatomy Bootcamp - The Skeleton

Ape Skulls and Skeletons Assignment

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Ape Skulls and Skeletons Assignment

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Now that you’ve watched me demo the skeleton and skulls of apes. It's time to draw them yourself using the 3d models and photos provided.

Focus on obtaining the fundamental knowledge of these sources. The more you understand the source material, the more believable your imaginative work will be.

Do multiple sketches from different angles and try not to do the same angles I covered in the demo.

Once you're done sketching from different angles, try some memory sketching. Take the concepts you just practiced and try to sketch them again from memory only. This will help you find the areas you are exceeding and lacking in.

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Mathias Ragnarsson
Hello again @David Colman, here’s my assignment on skulls and skeletons. When I drew the skulls I tried to identify unique traits between the three, so it would be easier to distinguish them when I draw them from memory. In my eyes the Orangutan and Chimpanzee were the most similar, with the Orangutan being a bit more round overall but flat around the eyes. Even though I thought I had a good grasp on them, drawing them from memory later proved to be a challenge! It was difficult to really push the unique details when my only source was a foggy memory. I also had in mind your last feedback, that I should try and draw some ape skeletons in various poses, so they’re included here as well. I limited myself to not spend too long on these and also allow myself to be more loose. Maybe a bit small and too messy? I tried to focus more on the overall pose and character, while also showing the skeletal base of them. As always, any feedback is very much appreciated. I’m really enjoying this so far!
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David Colman
I think you're being too hard on yourself. These are quite nice and have some innate character to them. The gorilla skulls are fantastic. I do think you "let go of the rope" on the box form of the skull with many of the others and became trapped with too many soft spherical shapes. Try becoming more efficient with the use of objective shapes. Also- revisit some more poses for the skeleton and try to draw upon the skeletal structure knowledge you acquired in the reference study to make them more believable in their construction and not so primitively cartoony.
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Jeff Arsenault
Mostly Gorilla skulls, a few Chimpanzee and Orangutan. Ball point pen and a few in fountain pen. Some gorilla skulls from imagination at the bottom. I'll work more on the skeleton and skulls from imagination this week!
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Eve A. Bear
I did the skull study and tried to add the body gesture from my imagination. I need some practice to go further with the imaginaire part ! This is why I do your course, bien sur... :)
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David Colman
GREAT work everyone. And I like seeing each student help one another and respectfully too. Overall remember to see the skulls as spheres and boxes- staying loose and drawing thru the forms. Be less concerned with pretty drawings and steer clear of contour heavy drawing. Be okay with feeling uneasy- a SIGN OF GROWTH
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Linus Lehmann
These are some of my skull studies. I got quite exited when i started to find some rhytms in the skull models and pictures, because ive always had trouble with that in the past. But there are probably many more that i missed. Sometimes when i was doing something else and had a paper nearby i would sketch some skulls from memory. On the last page (the ones in black ink) i drew the skulls in three angles each from memory only in my sketchbook, so these are showing my current knowlegde of the skull. I think i will continue with some more extreme angles of the skulls and some more skeletonposes, if not suggested otherwise.
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David Colman
I love seeing how committed you are. Okay biggest fire first- you seem to be caught up in the silhouette evident in your hard line. Although silhouette is important for clarity its hurting your volume communication and overall flow. Get looser and "chase the rabbit" meaning if you hit a vertical plane on one side chase it to the other side and find the parallel form to complete a properly aligned plane and volume. Try this and see how it works.. Love your enthusiasm. In the end thats what it takes.... keep going
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Thomas Vang Pedersen
Working on the ape skeletons
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David Colman
clean and pleasing to the eye... I like it, now draw some from your head and in different poses and angles and when do that loosen up. Let me see the full rhythms of the bones with constructed volumes around it. Dont worry about making a pretty drawing focus on an informative drawing
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bernard_van_aalst
Hereby my attempts on the ape skulls and skeletons. Too used to contour drawing to attempt David’s way of search lines, hopefully after many attempts some good will creep into my visual library. Enjoy the course, curious to know what will follow.
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David Colman
What you said above may be true but they have life and appeal .NOW lets break the habit. one step at a time. Draw just an arm with single sinewy line work like a wire hanger stretched out then add "clay" with box and spherical forms. With the skulls use those same forms and keep it loose before you add the specific details. Spheres..boxes..etc. Get away from the concern and capturing the likeness in the contour heavy silhouette., Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Thats a sign of growth.
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Linus Lehmann
Here are my newer ape-skeleton drawings. @David Colman As you suggested i practiced drawing some arm-poses and some fullbody-poses. On the first page i focused on the individual parts of the arm. On the second page i spent a lot of time trying to figure out the rotation of the forearm. It was very difficult but i think this is about how the rotation should look. The next pages are some attempts to draw the skeleton in different poses. They are all done from imagination without reference, exept sometimes i looked on my drawings of the forearm rotation. I found that my poses were a bit unnatural, so on the last page i tried drawing some based on photos of chimpanzees. I also did some studies of the skulls, i will post them very soon in another post to keep things clear. Any kind of feedback and tips would be very appreciated.
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi Linus, I'm also taking the course and wanted to share some thoughts since David encouraged us to do that in the assingments video. One thing that could make the poses look more natural might be to avoid "twinning", i.e. one arm is posed like the other arm. In the skeletons drawn from photos, each limb has a unique position. I'm really enjoying the course, and a big part of it is because I love apes 😍🦍. When I draw I'm kinda imagining that I am an ape, and really try to feel the pose and rhythm myself (nearly to the point of making chimp sounds XD ). I feel like it's helping me find the pose, and it also makes it all the more fun :) Cheers!
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @David Colman, here's my assignment. I did some more drawings from imagination, focusing on weight. For the skulls I chose the chimpanzee, because it's the ape I use in my stories the most. Cheers :)
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David Colman
Solid work JEsper. I would try and introduce more rhythms with the skulls but either way great work and over time you will become more efficient in your line work
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Samuel Lemons
Work for the next video "Ape skulls and skeletons assignment demos".
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David Colman
Solid construction. Dont be afraid to draw thru the forms more so not so contour heavy especially on the full body
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Anthony Damazyn
Plan to do some more extreme or different angles. I just liked having a turntable look for the skulls.
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David Colman
Great work- but youre getting too caught up in details and losing the volumes, plane changes and weight that are more easily achieved in going for more objective forms.
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Samuel Lemons
Chimpanzee memory sketches.
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David Colman
All fantastic.... more rhythms to start then build the volumes and try using more box forms so the planes match up Either way really nice.. Now you can see the benefit of memory sketching
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Samuel Lemons
Gorilla memory sketches.
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Samuel Lemons
Orangutan memory sketches.
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Samuel Lemons
Orangutan skulls from reference.
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Samuel Lemons
Chimpanzee skulls from reference.
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Samuel Lemons
Gorilla skulls from reference.
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Courtney Bunting
Hello David and everyone, here are my first of many attempts at this assignment. The first two skulls I chose the orangutan. I think the first one was better and I think that I squished the second trying to get it on the same page. The third skull is the gorilla from a top down angle. I think turned out ok, but I feel like I elongated it some.
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David Colman
Nice line work but lets see you draw thru the forms - dont be so concerned with making a pretty drawing- but focus on an informative study. Break it down into objective forms. The middle one is great but lets see the sphere and box forms that make up that skull. Apply that same approach to the 3/4 angles
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Thomas Vang Pedersen
My skull assignments
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David Colman
Anthony is right. Solid drawings Thomas. Want a challenge? Draw the skulls out of you head with mouths open in expressive angles. It will be unchartered territory but you have the basics based on these studies to traverse that state of discomfort. GROW!
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Anthony Damazyn
Your strokes on the gorilla skull are fantastic. Helps show the form and planes of the skull.
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eddie saldana
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David Colman
I love the looseness. Some volumes are getting lost as the planes arent matching up like from one cheek to the other etc I think you can also begin to finish some of these but dont lose the looseness... solid start here
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