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I know it seems like I’ve vanished from word press. I can assure you I’ll be posting more resources, news, info, reviews for art, illustration, concept art, 3D, animation, figure drawing, still life, art history, and more very soon. I will make an effort to post more often; at least twice a month. Stay tuned and continue to follow my blog.

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Urban Rockwell

Andrew Loomis Figure Drawing And All It’s Worth Book Review

April 23, 2013

http://www.amazon.com/Figure-Drawing-All-Its-Worth/dp/0857680986/ref=cm_cmu_pg_i

After having a chance to thoroughly study Andrew Loomis’s approach to drawing the figure; I discovered areas I need to polish up on with figure drawing. This hardcover quality bound book covers various drawing exercises, theory, and techniques.

Loomis gives great advice and has organized the drawing lessons from beginner to experienced artists in a great building block format. In fact I would go as far as saying anyone interesting in learning how to draw the figure should explore this book first as a great foundational start.

Additional notes- some of the key topics covered in this book are; Mastering the Manikin, Ideal Proportions of the Male and Female, Drawing the Human Head, Light and Shade, Drawing the Planes of the Head and Body, Drawing the Figure in Perspective, Drawing the Figure in Good Compositions, Basic Anatomy, and additional Figure Drawing Studio tips.

I give this book 5 stars, an excellent instruction book.

Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck

December 28, 2012

Atlas Of Human Anantomy

I’ve studied out of this book for about a month; along with Andrew Loomis’s Figure Drawing for all its worth and David K. Rubins book on the figure. I must say this is one of the best anatomy books I’ve used. Inside this book you have sharp, great, clear photos and named description’s of the bones and muscles; followed by simplified drawings and shapes, to help you remember  the bones and their form;  in separate sections.

In the next section of the book they have nice b/w photos of nude models to help you train your eyes for surface landmarks on the body. There is also sections on Proportions, comparisons of body parts and alignment, varieties of physiques, male and female proportion in 7 life periods, racial types as well as facial expressions.

Overall I give this book 5 stars, as it was well planned out, informative and easy to follow. If you don’t have this book you should really consider adding it to your figure and anatomy section.

http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Human-Anatomy-Artist-Galaxy/dp/0195030958/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header

Drawing the leg bones and muscles revisited IV

January 31, 2012

Here is the last stage of the leg muscles. I know I didn’t touch the foot much, I will do a study of the foot by itself. I decided that I will draw the entire skeleton figure as large as possible and add more details in the rendering with that project.

Once again, I followed along with Riven Phoenix on constructing the proportions with and 8 head tall figure; I studied from Rubins anatomy book for the actual organic shapes of the bones and muscles.

Below is a link to purchase or review David Rubins Figure Drawing book.

http://www.amazon.com/Human-Figure-Anatomy-Artists/dp/0140042431

Drawing the leg bones and muscles revisited

January 26, 2012

This anatomy installment will break down the leg bones and muscles. I tormented myself again by working very small on a 8.5″x11″ sketch book; which made it challenging to draw a lot of small detail and tendons that attach to the bones. The first stage is finding general proportions based on a 8 head figure. I used Riven Phoenix system on proportions, but studied actual anatomy from Rubins figure drawing book. One last note; I will try to remember to adjust the foot proportions before I post the last section.

Drawing The Arm Re-Visited

January 1, 2012

Here is the third anatomy installment of the re-visited series. the arm is complex and has so many layers of overlapping muscles. I decided to do a 8.5×11 inch page filled with various angles of the arm, including the muscles. Again, I plan to do larger more detailed studies of the anatomical parts of the body after this series. Take a look at where the bones curve at the halfway mark(if you divide the arm in half).

Drawing the Torso-Revisited

December 26, 2011

Anatomy of the torso revisited. This is the second installment to my small 8.5″x11″ sketch sheets. I used the similar approach with Riven Phoenix using a general proportions scale. From there I used actual reference from anatomy and figure drawing books. For reference book list, please see previous post on the skull.

I will also do a larger scale of the torso to get clearer details of the muscles.

Drawing The Skull and Muscles Re-Visited

December 22, 2011

Its been a year or so since I worked along with the Riven Phoenix Figure Invention series. I decided to re-visit anatomy and study from several anatomy and figure drawing books. I feel this time around I’m more familiar and experienced with studying and understanding the head. My goal is to be very fluid and consistent with my anatomy studies;  and enough understanding and mastery to teach it, and excel in my concept drawings and illustrations.

Moving forward, I decided to do a study of the skull from several views. The muscle drawings were not as detailed as I would have liked to illustrate, considering all the studies were on a small 8.5×11 sketch sheet. I plan to do a large, and clearer  detailed studies of the muscles and skulls soon. One last note, I also improved on the form and extruding the skull(especially the side view) as the earlier studies of the skull were a bit to narrow and short for the back half of the skull.

Book Resources:The Human Figure-an Anatomy For Artists by David K Rubins,  Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing:Design and Invention by Michael Hampton.

To see the earlier studies follow this link.

https://urbanrockwell.wordpress.com/category/figure-drawing-info-reviews/page/3/

Figure Drawing (Design and Invention)

September 16, 2011

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Artist and Instructor Michael Hampton is releasing a revised 2011 edition of his remarkable book on figure drawing, anatomy, design and invention. I was very pleased and gained so much insight from Hampton’s mastery, experience, and theory on the human figure.  This book is hard to get a hold of since its’ self published by the author. My advise is to get it as soon as it hits the online stores. Also, This is a must have book for anyone that want to take their figure drawing to the next level.

Check out further information below!

4th edition coming out September 2011! The 4th edition has updated chapters on drawing the arms and legs.
Originally published in August of 2009, this book gives a process-based approach to learning to draw the figure. The book has received much praise, and is used as a reference text by schools and animation/game art companies alike. More info

http://figuredrawing.info/

http://figuredrawingdotinfo.blogspot.com/

Also, check out this Q & A with Michael Hampton featured on CG Masterclasses.

http://www.cgmwmasterclasses.com/

All images are property of Micahel Hampton and figuredrawing.nfo

Digital Character Design and Painting by Don Seegmiller

February 27, 2011

I know it’s been a couple of months since my last updates. I assure you that I’m still passionate about providing resources and information for the visual art, design and entertainment.

I would like to introduce you to this great book by Don Seegmiller. This book on Digital Character Design and painting is a wonderful start to approaching digital painting in corel painter. Seegmiller explains step by step fundamentals of researching characters, writing a characters profile, traditional art fundamentals and how to apply them to digital art. Such as lighting, rendering, color theory basics, to tricks and tips in painter. If you’re a beginner to character design I highly recommend this book. Also, one thing to note; Seegmiller is using an older version of corel painter 7; but most of the information is still relevant to later versions of painter.