Anatomy Basics: Bones of the Skeleton

Below the jump break is an interactive chart to help you identify the bones of the body. To start, click on the hide all bones button. Then select the name of the bone in the list of bones to the left. This will highlight the bone on the skeleton. Just click on "read more" and enjoy.

Drawing Basics: Simplified Skeleton and Figure

As part of a structural approach to drawing the figure, the simplified skeleton is a good place to start studying how to draw the human form. This approach helps the artist resolve many of the underlying concerns in drawing the figure before working on the details. Some of the things this helps with would include working on proportions, mass, balance, gesture, and action.

When drawing the simplified figure we are identifying the main structures of the body. By identifying and simplifying the main parts of the body first, we can take our focus away from the surface and the details. This allows us to break up the process of drawing the figure into easier bite sized steps rather than trying to do it all at once.

Drawing Basics: Simple way to draw feet.

Here is a simple shortcut used to start drawing a foot. It is helpful in positioning the foot and dealing with the problems of foreshortening.

Today, we are looking for ways to focus in on one or two parts of the drawing process to make troubleshooting problems much easier. This technique has us simplifying the forms of the foot to focus on positioning and sizing it accurately prior to worrying about the contour of the form and the details of the anatomy.
Let's take a look. To see the rest of the post click on the read more link below.

Drawing Basics: Using line weight to show depth

Simple figure sketch.
I thought I'd show something quick and easy this time, a simple trick that has a powerful effect when used in a line drawing. This post is about using line weight to help convey a sense spatial depth in a drawing.  

Today, I'll use a drawing of a simplified figure to demonstrate how to use the visual weight of line to suggest that the figure is leaning forward.

After the jump we'll begin with working out what line weight is.

Drawing Basics: Simplified Skeleton Drawing

Here is something to help you practice setting up a figure drawing. The following exercise is a way to help simplify the process of drawing a human figure. 

Why would we simplify the human figure when drawing? There are many reasons to do this. One reason may be the need to draw quickly. For example, you may only have a minute or two to draw before the model changes poses so the need to simplify becomes necessary.

Another reason is that those who are new to drawing the figure  find it very difficult to do. The human figure is a complex collection of forms and can it feel a bit overwhelming at times trying to draw this complexity. One solution to this is to pick and choose the elements that you are going to work on first in order to create a process that allows you to work on the drawing one step at a time.

There are several ways to organize and divide the process into simple steps. I would say that there are as many approaches to the process of drawing as there are artists. How you choose to organize your drawing process is up to you. Just remember that looking for ways to simplify the drawing in order to focus on one or two things at a time will help you troubleshoot problems and make drawing the human figure easier.

In the steps I show below I look for the skeleton within the figure, then drawn it simplistically to work out the gesture and the relative sizes of the forms or parts of the body.  

Let's begin. To see the rest of the post click on the read more link below.