Archive for April, 2010

Figure Drawing: Gesture Approach Front, Back, Side view

April 28, 2010

This is a full turn around view of the figure using the geture drawing approach.

Also, this is my first full figure turn around. I need to practice this more often to get better at it.

Figure Drawing: Gesture Approach

April 27, 2010

Majority of the figure study posts with Riven Phoenix have been from a technical approach; drawing with proportions.We’ll demonstrate drawing the figure in proportion;  the difference will be from a loose, artistic, gestural approach to build up the figure.

Riven Phoenix figure drawing tutorials re-visited

April 25, 2010

After completing the entire training series I can give a more thorough review.

Riven Phoenix presents a unique way of thinking and breaking down the human body in your mind. He states clearly that this is a GENERAL approach(meaning generic) approach to drawing the figure. Inventive drawing(Phoenix) is different from drawing what you see(life drawing). Most of his lessons are only 7-15 minutes; so you’re not going to get a super dynamic demonstration but a general idea and general observational approach.. It has helped me a lot. I’m not a concept artist but have decided to explore and try to get into it now. I have some formal school training with live models and Illustration but I need to expand my knowledge of the figure. My biggest problem was always seeing the figure as a complex subject. I needed to find a different approach to figure drawing. Studying Phoenix’s approach, combining my studies from life drawing, and drawing what I see, is helping me bridge the gap. Now, I can make more sense out of what I’m drawing by adding an abstract (generic approach along with using a more consistent study tools of great anatomy books and life drawing).

Final thoughts: Riven Phoenix has a good niche for what he does to help certain types of artists. Depending on your level of understanding this series may or may not help you. It has definitely helped me and yes I would recommend it. The best way to learn is to go along with his tutorials but also reference back with a good anatomy book to sharpen and enhance your studies. His techniques are good for helping work out your characters and figures. You would use this for a solid understanding when creating and working out your characters; especially when you have to work quickly and meet deadlines. When you think about it, if your drawing out storyboards or character sheets for a company, you just need the general (basic) idea of anatomy to get your ideas flowing quickly. Anatomy for life drawing is just that; realistic, detailed and accurate drawings for anatomy only, not necessarily for commercial entertainment. A good contrast is myself and my best friend. I’m pretty descent with drawing portraits and likenesses from life and photos. My buddy is better with inventing out his head. He didn’t have patience with drawing from life; he’d rather look at a person for a while, and then go home and re-invent the image from his head and get a likeness. So it really depends on where you’re at as an artist and being open with other perspectives on learning to better yourself.

I give The Riven Phoenix Structure of Man DVD drawing course 5 stars. Also, don’t think that this is the only series that you need to study to achieve mastery. This is groundbreaking, but this is just the beginning. Practice, Persistence, Passion, Patience, Love, and an Open Mind will all play a part in achieving a mastery level of  drawing the figure from your mind.

For more info on Riven Phoenix Structure of Man ( Drawing the human figure from your mind)check out his website:

Drawing the Human Skeleton with Riven Phoenix

April 21, 2010

In this example, I illustrated a generic version of the human skeleton. Once I got through the front, side, and back view of the skeleton; I began to understand the figure at a faster pace.

ke note of the proportions of each section of the body in relation to the size of thes skull.

Drawing The Back Of The Torso Muscles

April 15, 2010

More on understanding the face muscles

April 13, 2010

Yes, this is another tutorial by Riven Phoenix that I studied from. In this tutorial we are drawing and understanding the muscles of the face. One half shows the muscles, the other half is a generic concept of how the face looks with the skin over the muscles.

Drawing and Understanding The Hand

April 8, 2010

Drawing the hands with Riven Phoenix. This is a basic front and back study. We learn how to construct the hand starting with proportions, bones, muscles, and tendons. To get better at hands, one must practice.

Leg Muscle Studies with Riven Phoenix

April 7, 2010

Here are several examples of drawing and understanding the human leg. I approached it step by step; from the skeletal bone, following the muscles and tendons. I drew the leg from 4 different angles. Front, Back, Inside, and Outside. Again, I am studying with Riven Phoenix “The Structure of man” DVD series.

Advanced Studies of The Foot With Riven Phoenix

April 6, 2010

The following studies are expanded studies off earlier lessons of understanding the foot. In this update we study the tendons, muscles, and the pulley system of the foot; also, notice how the general size of foot compares to the human skull. (click on thumbnail to enlarge).

Studying The Arms, Torso Front and Back With Riven Phoenix

April 5, 2010

In this lesson I drew out the torso and muscles. This lesson was different and interesting because I drew one half as the front and the other half as the back.