Step by Step:

Turn­ing ref­er­ence into a draw­ing

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Bone & Muscle -

1 Skele­tal study

I do a few prepa­ra­tion stud­ies be­fore the fi­nal draw­ing to solve all pos­si­ble prob­lems and make sure I re­ally un­der­stand my ref­er­ence. I look at pro­por­tions, ges­ture, com­po­si­tion and of course, anatomy. The skele­tal study uses sim­pli­fied struc­tures, and here I’ve iden­ti­fied the three ba­sic forms and all the bony land­marks.

2 Anatomy trac­ing

Next up I would do an anatomy trac­ing on top of my ref­er­ence photo, block­ing in ev­ery mus­cle in turn and then break­ing them up into their main bun­dles. The whole point of this torso draw­ing is the anatomy, so I want to make sure I get this just right, to lay good foun­da­tions for my anatomy paint­ing.

3 Fi­nal draw­ing

When the time to draw fi­nally ar­rives, I break out the char­coal. I start with a line draw­ing and map in all my shadow shapes. Then I cover the dark ar­eas of the draw­ing with char­coal pow­der to sep­a­rate light from dark. Fi­nally, I fin­ish ren­der­ing the forms, es­tab­lish­ing the high­lights, half-tones and shad­ows.

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