Thursday, March 22
Links to the renowned Glenn Vilppu's bi-monthly online column which appeared in Animation World Magazine have been put below for your easy reference. First an introduction "Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing" and 11 lessons in the figure drawing course followed by 12 in the "sketching on location" set. Though the series finished a few years ago, Animation World Magazine continues to generously host these online. Glenn Vilppu advises going through the first set before trying the ones on sketching. Dont miss out on them.
Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing
Vilppu Drawing Online: Gesture
Vilppu Drawing Online: Spherical Forms
Vilppu Drawing Online: The Box
Vilppu Drawing Online: Introducing Material and Proportion
Vilppu Drawing Online: Drawing Ellipses
Vilppu Drawing Online: From the General to the Specific
Vilppu Drawing Online: The Landmarks of Anatomy
Vilppu Drawing Online: Seeing Anatomical Masses
Seeing The Figure As A 2D Object
Using Tone To Draw
Getting a Handle on Direct Lighting
Let's Sketch on Location
Let's Sketch on Location: The Thumbnail Sketch
Let's Sketch on Location: Organizing and Creating Space
Sketching on Location: Light and Dark Patterns
Sketching on Location: Texture as Planes in Space
Sketching on Location: Pencil Technique
Sketching on Location: Drawing Groups of Figures
Sketching on Location: The Quick Sketch
Sketching on Location: The Silhouette -- Positive and Negative Shape
Sketching on Location: Three Dimensional Figures
Sketching on Location: Atmosphere
Sketching on Location: Using Photographs
Sunday, March 4
A knowlege of anatomy is a must if you are interested in learning to paint, draw, or sculpt the human form. I first saw a copy of Gray's Anatomy in my sisters hand. She was in medical college and every student world over has had a copy to study.
Much later, when I saw a reference to it on Bartleby.com off I went to investigate. There I found an incredible figure drawing resource - 1247 engravings from Henry Gray's "Anatomy of the Human Body" for you to access online. Use it to study, draw or sculpt the skeleton, the muscles that cover them and how our joints move. At least those are my plans :D Here's a link to an index of these engravings.
Happy Figure Drawing!