Now that I’m moving out of the Peck, Peck, Peck cartoon wilderness, I can get back into the anatomy work I began back in January. The first lessons focused on the bones of the lower body and recognizing the boney landmarks they create. The next set of lessons focus on leg and thigh anatomy. Interesting note, in an anatomical sense the leg is from the knee area down whereas the thigh is from the butt down to the knee… who knew? Anatomy folk, that’s who.

Here are my rough notes from the UArtsy Ray Bustos courses, these are drawn along with Ray as he diagrams on the chalk board. As corny as it sounds, I find this is a really good way to learn and it keeps me engaged throughout the lessons!

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Leg notes
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Thigh notes

The coursework for this series was to once again copy a few old master works, I did that last time and since these are recorded classes and I'm not actually going to submit anything I decided to switch it up. For this round I did a number of figure drawings from this really cool site: http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing The site provides a class mode that shows you models for 30s, 60s, 120s, 5min, 10min, etc. Most of these are of the 5 or 10 minute variety as the shorter versions usually turn out as gesture drawings since the time is so short.

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All of the above were done using a new piece of software I’ve become fond of called Manga Studio. It is basically a parred down version of Photoshop that is tailor made for drawing/comic creation. The tools feel more responsive to me than Photoshop’s brushes. Here is a bizarre composition I put together using a bunch of the different brushes… freaky maaaan…

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