When I’m drawing like I currently do I have to be very comfortable with unfinished sketches.
Sometimes they are so unfinished that they sketch doesn’t even resemble a recognizable figure.
I’m not trying to make beautifully finished drawings here, I’m training. I continually want to improve my skills in observation. Sometimes I feel like I’m the Sherlock Holmes of artists. I look at the body and analyze all it’s details trying to extract as much information as possible to tell me where to put my charcoal next.
I worked on my ecorche for another hour today. Rey and I were attaching the ribcage armature which was very delicate and exact. I’ve only finished 6 ribs so far out of 12 on one side.
While working I learned that the human body has 12 ribs on each side of the rib cage. That the 8th rib is the longest and that the first 7 ribs are called the “true ribs”. The rest are called “false ribs”, I don’t think he explained exactly why.
I was always confused before about the angle of the ribs to the body. Like most people I assumed they were horizontal, but in fact the slant down at an angle starting at the spinal cord.
I’m excited to start adding Sculpy to this armature but I fear that when I get to the ribs it may be super hard.