Oct 7, 2013

Drawing Basics: Using line weight to show depth

A sketch of a person using basic shapes and simple forms.
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 of spatial depth in a drawing.  

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

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

Apr 4, 2013

Drawing Basics: Simplified Skeleton Drawing

A figure based on the simple forms and basic shapes.
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 the pose 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.

Jan 28, 2013

Anatomy Basics: The chest muscle

In this drawing, we can see that the chest muscles drape across the ribcage.
Most artists that draw the figure are familiar with drawing the chest muscles as they fit on the torso. Not everybody is as familiar with how these muscles connect to the arms. This is a critical component to understanding how the shapes of the arms and torso come together as well as how the muscle moves the arms.

Today, we are going to look at how the chest muscle connects to the skeleton and what kind of shapes these muscles make.