I can draw an okay arm from imagination now. Well, excluding foreshortening but I’m leaving that for hopefully May.
This past week, I’ve changed my study approach a little bit. Normally when I’m going through this Bammes book, I’ll study one body part or muscle group for a couple hours, then go on to the next one the next night. Not sure that’s been working out. What I’ve been doing this past week, as you can tell from the gallery below, is dedicate more time and more focus to single body parts before moving on. This week was arms.
So, the first step was drawing the arm bones, which happen to be deceptively difficult. So the approach, grind the bones until I could somewhat accurately draw the arm bones from memory, then study bones even more so I can understand the attachments and really understand the anatomy, rather than replicating an angle that was studied. Then apply that same mindset to studying the arm muscles.
The reasoning behind the approach, my brand of dummy science. The way I see it, when you’re first learning how to draw something, most if not all of your brain power is dedicated to getting your drawing to look like whatever your drawing is supposed to look like. It’s hard to think about understanding the mechanics or why shapes are shaped the way they are when you just want your arm bones not to look like dogshit. After getting comfortable with the subject, I.E drawing the arm bones over and over again, you don’t have to dedicate nearly as much brain power to replicating the reference, because you can do it from memory. Now when studying, you’re actually understanding the anatomy.
Maybe that makes sense, maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know, I feel like I’m better at drawing arms(still probably going to dedicate most of the week to the muscles of the arm). Either way, I definitely busted my ass this week. 40 hours at the day job, 33 hours studying.
Closing words? fuck forearm muscles. To death.
too tired to write
March Goal : Study more than I did in February. So far, I’m on track after the first week or so of the month.
Still going through Bammes and probably will be for a while. This past week I started a bit on hands and then struggled through the knee. Knees are hard yo.
The more I study muscles, the more important studying bones become. lol.
04/20/2020 edit: Merged all the february studies into one post as it looked super spammy before. Didn’t like how spammy it made the site looked So I’m merging most of the images into this post.