|Charcoal drawing of a back|
Every weekend I run a workshop for the students at the school I teach at. Usually, I don't draw during the workshop as I am going around assisting the students. This time, however, the model struck a pose that I found so interesting I that could not resist. So I will pulled out the newsprint pad.
Later after the workshop one of the students was asking me about where all the muscles of his back were in my drawing. I was doing the best I could to explain but not all the lines in my drawing were representing muscle boundaries and interpreting someone else's drawing can be tricky.
So, for him, I took the drawing home and did it again, showing were all the muscles are. If it can benefit one person it can benefit others, so I thought I'd share it with you.
Take a look.
Here is the original drawing. Its just a charcoal drawing on newsprint. I bring my news print in because I do demonstrations but other then that I don't plan on drawing so I don't bring my nice drawing paper. I am stuck with a drawing I like on paper I don't like. Alas.
The good the about learning foundations drawing techniques is that if you can draw it once you can draw it again. When I decided to draw the muscles in I wanted to redraw it for a couple of reasons. One, is to fix my mistakes I see in the original drawing. The other is after I show him the drawing I can work on it more and make a nice finished drawing on paper that I do like.
You will notice too that I changed things a bit. That's another wonderful thing about learning these techniques, I can change things around as I am not tied to my reference.
Here is a muscle overlay to make clear my lines and a list of the muscles of the back. I did my best to match the color of the name of the muscle to the color of the muscle in the image. Enjoy.