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Q:How do you go about drawing the body from memory in your own poses? I've been practicing life drawing for a couple months now but whenever I want to make something from my head I struggle to do so. Thank love your stuff :P
My advice: Study anatomy. Draw the body in all sorts of poses from all sorts of angles. Look at anatomy books for reference to compare the forms and shapes and how they move and overlap. Drawing from life and figure drawing are probably the most valuable thing to any artist. You won’t be able to draw much from memory until you really record those forms and how they move first yourself by observing and studying. Once you start to get a feel for the underlying structure and comfortable with forms from multiple angles it’s easier to visualize and pose a character. Andrew Loomis’ Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth is great for classic anatomy and proportions and looking at other artists’ poses can help, but nothing can replace live figure drawing.
Q:How did you start cartooning? Im only able to draw realistic things but I wanna jump into cartooning, but I just can't seem to draw things with a cartoony edge. Any tips on how to get started or make the transition from realism to cartooning?
To be honest my drawing began with cartooning. The earliest memory I have of drawing is drawing a ninja turtle. Shortly after that I was constantly copying images of my favorite cartoon and eventually comic book characters. I liked to take an image set it down next to a blank sheet of paper and see how closely I could replicate it by just looking at it. It was my favorite thing to do as a kid and I learned a lot of different techniques by closely studying the art of several different artists. A Ren and Stimpy is a far cry from a Calvin and Hobbes. That kind of attention to various styles and techniques helped me develop a large cartooning “vocabulary”. It made it easy for me to visualize objects as shapes and line all the while aware how differently those lines and shapes can be.
So the best advice I think I can offer is to study, carefully, the lines and shapes your favorite artists are using. I’d highly recommend starting by tracing or copying their artwork as an exercise. It forces you to really see what each line is doing and what it means. Look at how they represent the contour of an arm or freckles on a cheek or a tuft of fur. Look at lots of artists, practice those different takes on things and compare them. Build your vocabulary then take it and make it your own!
That’s what worked for me, I hope that helps or inspires somewhat. Good luck!
Had a really good life drawing session today at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago. It’s such a great drawing atmosphere there, the people are great and the models are top notch. Just what the doctor ordered! I’m going to try and get back there regularly. It’s like hitting the gym for my drawing muscles.
My apologies but my scanner is busted so these were just snapped on my phone.