Posts Tagged ‘human anatomy’

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.

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New Mobile Artist Pose Tool by Riven Phoenix

January 16, 2013

 From the founder and creator of “The structure of Man Human Figure Drawing Course”- Riven Phoenix has developed a cool,  slick 3d figure application for smart phones(androids).

Description

Breakthrough figure posing tool for the artist. Declared the Top 10 must have App by ImagineFX magazine, Now you can always have your very own reference model with you. You can create any pose quickly with an easy to use pose interface. Its simple, just select the body part and then pose the figure. You can pose both the male and female figure. The coolest feature most important to artist is the figures use no constraints allowing geometry to intersect. This allows Artist to pose from realistic to extreme poses. Use it for Drawing, Manga, Illustration, Character Design, Animation, Story Boarding, Comic Books.The Post Tool 3D was designed by the Artist Riven Phoenix author of the breakthrough figure drawing course ‘The Structure of Man HD’ used in over 68 Countries.The Pose Tool uses state-of-the-art 3D Engine that allows you to pose organic figure models.”Top 10 Must-Have Art App” – ImagineFx magazine #92″Once you get a feel for it, Pose Tool 3D is a great little reference tool for digital artists” – ImagineFx magazine #92

“Pose Tool 3D is a great way for artists on the move to experiment with character poses.” – ImagineFx magazine #92

Touch Controls:

– One Finger – Orbit around figure

– One Finger Tap – Select body part

– Two Finger Pinch – Zoom in and Out and Pan at the same time. This feature gives you the ability to setup dramatic shots for your poses quickly. Very powerful feature.

Menu Features:

– Pose Buttons – Help Menu – Save Current Pose – Load Last Saved Pose – Center Figure – Reset Figure to T-Pose – Hide Menu Bar – 3 Point lighting System – Muscle Maps Mode – Gesture System mode – Life Drawing Mode – Mannequin Mode – Cube Guides – Average Male/Female body type  – Heavy Male/Female body type  – Old Male/Female body type  – Skinny Male/Female body type  – Muscular Male/Female body type

Male and Female Organic Moving Parts:

– Head – Neck – Shoulders – Upper Arm – Lower Arm – Hand – Finger – Chest – Abs – Upper Leg – Lower Leg – Feet

www.AlienThink.com

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alienthink.posetool3d

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AJN677S

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Best instruction workshops to master ZBrush

March 30, 2012

I’ve checked out a lot of instruction on learning Z Brush; from tutorials in books, ebooks, magazines, forums, dvds, you tube, etc. I can honestly say after watching several free webinars from Ryan Kingsley, you will find the best resources and instruction on not only the program but, you will learn a lot of theory you can take into drawing, understanding form, the human body, workflow from a professional approach, and you will gain confidence in learning to sculpt in 3D if you’re new at it like I am.

What really tuned me into Ryan’s amazing teaching was checking out a couple of his you tube videos. The first one was anatomy 2.0, the other was Anatomy 2.0 going pro. Check out the videos for yourself, I’m sure you’ll agree and start learning Z Brush right away.

http://www.zbrushworkshops.com/

http://www.visualarium.com/

Drawing the leg bones and muscles revisited III

January 30, 2012

This is part III of layering the muscles over the bones of the legs. The leg, like the arm is very complex. It best to find the larger shapes that make up the overall form and structure of the leg.

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.

Marshall Vandruff – Human Anatomy at The Art Department

January 3, 2012

The course’s focus is an introduction to observe & invent the human figure; it includes over 200 slides of great art with commentary and comparisons between anatomy plates and finished works. The course showcases the work and teaching of George Bridgman, and his influence on illustrators such as Frank Frazetta.

Also, what makes this anatomy workshop unique is, the way Vandruff teaches you to really observe anatomy by showing the contrast of two completely different approaches to studying anatomy. One approach is the form and simple shapes; second more completed and finely detailed renderings from another artist. Lastly, he shows a way to quickly remember the names of the bones and muscles as well as where they’re located.

http://theartdepartment.org/streaming-classes/anatomy-for-artists

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

Poser Debut

June 16, 2011

Poser debut is great for 3d operations, but its also great for 2D artists that need refrence for figures, models, lighting, characer studies and development, etc.,

We’ve all watched 3D movies or played 3D games, and most of us have dreamed about making our own 3D art and animation. You probably thought that 3D software is too hard to learn, or too challenging to be fun. Now, there’s Poser Debut. Finally there’s an easy way to learn 3D and be creative, even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class. Poser Debut is a 3D playground. Create scenes, add 3D characters, pose them, animate them and make cool images or videos. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s Poser Debut.

Poser Debut comes with everything you need to get started in 3D. You’ll quickly learn 3D with our easy to follow, step by step project guide. And Poser Debut’s library includes dozens of ready to pose 3D characters from cute cartoon characters and animals to robots and accurate photo-realistic humans. Poser Debut also includes lots of clothing, props to build scenes, cameras, lights and pre-built poses that can be dropped right onto your characters. Within minutes you can start to render 3D scenes into gorgeous art and cool animations that will impress your family and friends.

Why Use Poser Debut?

The easiest way to learn 3D and have fun at the same time!

Create cool 3D art even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class.

Affordable, yet fully featured, Poser Debut creates still images or animated videos

Poser Debut includes over a gigabyte of ready-to-go 3D content so you can get started right away.

Learn the basics of 3D and 3D character animation with our easy to follow, step by step project guide.

Expand your 3D skills with included training videos and tutorials.

Features

Over 80 fully rigged, fully posable, 3D characters

Includes 2GB of clothing, hair, props, textures, pose sets, cameras, lights facial expressions and hand poses.

In-app Project Guide teaches how to use Poser with video and easy to follow instructions.

Drag and drop content into the scene from the Library Search.

Content Paradise™ from within Library for additional Poser content.

Turn 3D scenes into images or animation with Poser FireFly rendering engine.

Supports advanced Poser 8 rigging system for better bending 3D characters.

OpenGL real-time scene preview.

Supports spot light lights, point lights and infinite lights.

Performance optimizations for posing and rendering improvements on multi-processor systems.

System Requirements

512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended); OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipsetrecommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred); 24-bit color display, 1024×768 minimum resolution; 2GB free hard disk space (4GB recommended); Internet connection required for Content Paradise; Adobe® Flash® Player 9; DVD-ROM drive (physical product only).

Windows

Windows: 7, Vista, XP; 700 MHz Pentium class or compatible (1 GHz or faster recommended); Windows® Internet Explorer® 7.

Macintosh

Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5; 700 MHz G4 processor (Intel Core Duo or 1 GHz G4 or faster recommended).

http://www.contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=17194

Ian McCaig “A Favorite Artist”

March 20, 2011

I was extremely inspired by Ian McCaig when I saw him on the panel at Gnomon Live in the summer of  ’08. McCaig has been working in the entertainment industry as an artist of many hats; cconcept designer, illustrator, animator, and screenwriter. I purchased his DVD training tutorial titled, “Visual Storytelling with Ian McCaig” What’s unique about this title is the many dimension in which he breaks down the fundamentals of drawing and storyboarding.

In Vol.1 he explains while simultaneously tells and draws out the Anatomy of a story. It’s really amazing how he wings a story, explains the basics, of story telling, and able to draw it as fast as he’s telling it. Very nice details are in the drawings as well. Once he’s finished sketching and telling the story, he show’s you his painting process.

I highly recommend getting this DVD.(There are 4 volumes to complete the set)

Other notes on Ian McCaig:

Iain is an internationally recognized and award winning artist and one
of the motion picture industry’s leading conceptual designers. His exceptional command of human anatomy, character, emotional expression and visual narrative make him on of the most sought after artists working in the entertainment industry today. He has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One—The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two—Attack of the Clones, and: Star Wars Episode Three—Revenge of the Sith. His work includes the landmark designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other film credits include: James Cameron’s ‘Terminator II’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’, Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Dracula’, Neil Jordan’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’, Sony/Revolution/Universal’s ‘Peter Pan’, and Warner Brothers’‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. He is also Co-Producer and Concept Design Director on Ascendant Pictures’ science-fiction epic: ‘Outlander’

Also, check out his latest book:  Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

http://iainmccaig.blogspot.com/p/inspiration.html
http://www.amazon.com/Shadowline-Art-Iain-McCaig/dp/1933784245/ref=reg_hu-rd_dp_img_T2
 http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/157/Visual-Storytelling-with-Iain-mccaig-Vol.1

Drawing Tutorials Online Review

June 16, 2010

 On my continued journey to become a master artist, I found another phenomenal online drawing  tutorials and art resources; The Drawing Tutorials Online with Matthew Archambault. Matt is not just an instructor, he’s an instructor at The School of Visual Arts in New York. He’s also worked as a professional Illustrator for nearly 18 years;He has been represented by some of the biggest agents including Hankins and Tegenborg, Bill & Maurine Klimt as well as Scott Hull. Matt is ready to share his knowledge and expertise gained by completing hundreds of illustration projects.

 Drawing Tutorials Online with Matt has been a ground breaking experience for me. In just a couple of weeks I have gained a much better understanding with portraits, lighting, painting, drawing the figure, and form. I was very impressed with the large amount of content he has on various topics covering art. He draws and talks at a nice steady pace so you don’t have confusion or questions about what he is doing. If you want to be an illustrator, concept artist, medical illustrator, etc. or just want to improve, I would highly recommend this site before a lot of the other online sites; My reasons for saying this is because of the affordable price, amount of info and demonstrations you get; it will have you well prepared to further studies in concept art and any other advanced creative fields; you will have a great  solid foundation on art , drawing, and theory.
http://www.drawing-tutorials-online.com/

Matthew Archambault