That’s right, I’m heading back to school to learn me some anatomy! While I did have art courses in school, I either killed the part of my brain that held this info or I never actually took anatomy classes. Either way, I decided to delve into an online anatomy course and settled on the offerings over at UArtsy taught by Ray Bustos. Here are my results from the first lesson “Drawing the skeletal structure of the lower body”, enjoy.

lower-body-bones-sketch.jpg
As the course name implies, drawn skeletal structure of the lower body

This lesson consisted of two assignments, the first was to sketch the skeletal structure of the lower body. This meant drawing everything from the pelvis down. While the instructor gave great notes, and I have a bunch of anatomy books, I found this free app on the Apple App Store to be really useful when drawing these:

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 7.13.41 PM.png
Essential Skeleton rules for those times you need to draw skeletons? See you next Halloween, app.

The second assignment was to sketch a pelvis study of three different old master works, one of them had to be Michelangelo’s David. For my other two I opted for a more modern French sculpture and then another Michelangelo sketch.  The sketches were to be done from front, side, and back to try and get a feel for the skeletal structure within the form.  Results below in completion order, I think I got better at this with each one, strange that practice makes you better! Who knew?! These were all done in Photoshop using my Cintiq.

michelangelo-david-sketch.jpg
Michelangelo's David

ramey-thesus-minotaur-sketch.jpg
Étienne-Jules Ramey's Theseus and Minotaur


michelangelo-study-sketch.jpg
Michelangelo study for the Sistine Chapel

That's it for the anatomy work this week, I'm heading back into the digital forrest of "Peck, Peck, Peck" to do some cartooning.   Be on the lookout for a update on those images in a few weeks and more anatomy course results as I find time to work through them.  Luckily, they are pre-recorded so there is no real deadline to complete them ;-)