Here is a sketch of a mannikin. Let me know what you think. I'm trying to improve my anatomy. Tell me if I have the right idea or not. [IMG][/IMG]
P.S. I can't get the legs to work on the damn thing. Thats why there are no legs.
The legs on mannequins are basically crap.
Drawing from a mannequin can help you with some basics of proportion, forms, and lighting. I'd say speed up the process, and do these with a marker. Scribble out say, 30 different poses and views a day for the next couple of weeks, and crank them out about one per minute.
You can try setting up different light sources, which will really help you in your study of the forms.
Don't worry about impressing anybody with these drawings, just do them and keep them someplace to review after your two weeks of doing this.
In the meantime, do you have any photo books of the human figure, that you could draw from? (I'm assuming you don't have a model.)
I have no good pics of people to use. I'm thinking that fitness mag would work pretty well.
Thanx for the advice
Fitness magazines can be okay. You can find some good figure referance books at most major book stores like Borders, or Barnes and Noble. They generally start about about $25, but most are usually in the $50 dollar price range.
I'm sure you can find them for less online, through Amazon, or some other dealer.
The book store here sux and I don't have a credit card or anything like that so can't oder any thing off the net.
if you have a digital camera....... just take a load of photos of people doing pretty mundane thing, maybe a few exciting ones, then draw them quickly. try to focus on the shapes that make up the figure your drawing, then join the shapes and add some very simple tone if you feel the need. alternatively, although this i recommend less, you can take a comic or an illustrated book and do the same thing. if you do this, dont copy the drawing itself, just try and get a feel for the shapes involved and the form of the figure. if you build up a library of these images, it can prove very useful for rfefence at a later date. and its not too much effort either.
thats 'bout it.