Anatomy and Gesture

I’ve spent too many days just doing the minimum amount of art so tonight it’s time to get back into the routine with some anatomy and gesture study. And I planned this well as tomorrow I have life drawing class with a live model and I need to get warmed up for it.

I had this great idea of doing some anatomy sketches starting with the bones on a page then drawing the muscles on tracing paper and layering them over the original bones drawing. I tried it today and it worked really well. I was even able to label each of the layers of tracing paper with the muscles.

Anatomy and Gesture, anatomy setup
anatomy setup
Anatomy and Gesture, anatomy overlay 1
anatomy overlay 1

The subject for tonights anatomy study is the whole arm, even the very difficult to remember forearm muscles. This is the first drawing of the bones in ink. It would be good to not here that I was looking at a new book that I picked up called “Anatomy, a complete guide for artists” by Joseph Sheppard.

Anatomy and Gesture, anatomy overlay 2
anatomy overlay 2

Here is the first layer of tracing paper. You can’t tell in the photo but if you press the tracing paper down with your finger you can see the bones through the paper much better.

Anatomy and Gesture, anatomy overlay 2
anatomy overlay 2

I used red ink for the muscles and it’s nice to see the underlying muscles as a faded version slightly obscured by the tracing paper, it lends focus to the muscles on the current layer.

Anatomy and Gesture, anatomy overlay 3
anatomy overlay 3

After my study with anatomy I did some gesture study. This didn’t go so well as my gestures still need lots of work. I was working from a video on New Masters Academy where Steve Huston was teaching some really good techniques for drawing gestures.

Anatomy and Gesture, gesture drawings
Gesture drawings
Anatomy and Gesture, new masters academy
gesture drawings from New masters academy

3 Comments

  1. Oooh, that’s pretty awesome! I’m still looking forward to your “life-sized” drawing of all the muscles and bones for our reference.

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