Color Basics: The Color Wheel

In previous post we learned about the additive and subtractive color approaches to color. Each one using different principles to blend and create color. Each approach can be applied to different media.  The subtractive approach can be used for painting and print. The additive approach can be used for digital media, such as video.
Today we are going to dig a little deeper into this by looking at three different color wheels.  We will look at the color wheels with red, yellow and blue (RYB); cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMYK); and red, green, and yellow (RGB) as the primary colors. 

Let's take a look.

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.