Detailing the Arms and Hands
Detailing the Arms and Hands
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Ape Anatomy Bootcamp - The Skeleton

Detailing the Arms and Hands

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Detailing the Arms and Hands

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David Colman
Let's take a closer look at the details of the chimpanzee arms and hands.
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Eve A. Bear
I did a study of hands and feet. I don't know if it's better to put shadows or not at this stage. I found it difficult to understand how the wrist moves as well as the twist of the ulna and radius. Can you tell me if it is OK?
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @David Colman, here's my second batch of chimpanzee skeletons. To encourage confidence and letting go I switched to ink (Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen) Image 1 - Four drawings I did after having read your critique Image 2 & ➡️- Drawn after having watched this video Image 3 - A chimp climbing a tree Image 4 - A chimp teasing a friend by touching/pushing him and running away (I think I've seen chimps do this) In image 3 & 4, I tried drawing the skeleton from imagination. #3 was exciting to draw. I had a pose in mind, but didn't feel like I was in control after the first few lines, but I ran with it, remembering to be confident and trusting my instincts. And I'm happy with the result. After each drawing I checked with the 3D model to see where I was off (image 5). Questions: - Do you memorize proportions when you study an animal? Or do you just draw it over and over, tweaking your mental image of it, until it's in line with the real thing? - The 3D-model doesn't seem to have a talus bone in the foot. Is the talus a detail you would recommend ignoring? Thanks in advance :)
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David Colman
Read the reply below and now answers to your questions: It becomes more of visual vocabulary of proportions from studying the source over and over. It really comes with time... dont worry about it just let it happen and be a sponge. The more you do it the more second nature it will become Definitely do NOT get caught up in the micro details like that unless youre in a science class. Good to know- but not necessary for ultimate creature design success...
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David Colman
GREAT work.... I think there is still a lack of weight in your posing...feel the pressure- the weight of the pose as the animal interacts with an immovable object(ground etc) Super strong volumes and planes. So think big umbrella note is weight..make that your first choice on your next drawings. What is he/she pushing off, landing on, hanging from, engaging with
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Samuel Lemons
Added more straight edges but don't think I add enough plane changes.
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Jeff Arsenault
I did a few hand and foot studies and some figure invention on the right side there! Should I do more skeletal studies of the hands and feet? Thanks again!
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Linus Lehmann
Here are my armstudies. I used a thin ballpointpen and a light grey marker to add a bit more volume. Any kind of feedback would be highly appreciated.
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David Colman
These are really solid it does feel a little stiff at times but that’s because you’re doing what needs to be done - analyzing and regurgitating. But now go off and draw the limbs in various poses , become inventive
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Samuel Lemons
I used ballpoint pen for this assignment. I loosened up more for this assignment compared to the ape skeleton assignment, but looking at them I still need to loosen up more.
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David Colman
Great volumes but looking a little soft. Try and implement a few more planes and straight edges to make for stronger studies
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Mathias Ragnarsson
I guess there’s no assignment tab here but, as you mentioned that the arms are very important to learn in order to draw convincing apes; I’ll follow suit with some closer studies on the arms and hands. Something I noticed, I find it easy to loose the notion of those really long metacarpals when viewing them at an angle from above.
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