Four characters, for Platin by Elcet ()
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I drew these four models as a tutorial help for posing various human anatomies. Their body construction was grounded on the famous book "The Figure" by the great US artist Walt Reed (North Light Books, publisher). Walt Reed describes the human body as a series of geometric shapes, particularly of cylinders. His 3D approach, many years before Daz Studio, Poser and Quidam, helps to understand how these shapes can appear shortened more and more if their axis is oriented in the direction of your eye. His stunning and fully original teaching method allowed me, in spite of the fact that I had never drawn before and was by far not a youngster, to become a professional illustrator and live of this job in 9 short months. But for sure I followed also intensive artistic courses, drawing nudes during more than 400 hours in the meantime. Here Reed’s analytic method has been applied to four very different human variants and you can check that it works perfectly. But it was also my very first attempt (1997/11/15) to use a vector color: the India ink Rapidograph outlines (see my two earlier posts) were vectorized through Adobe Streamline and colored into Illustrator 7. I left quicky this version for the far better and more reliable Illustrator 8. Today in the vector world I share my time between Illustrator 8 and CS3, and Manga Studio 3.0 Pro EX, the latter being now my preferred inking solution. I dedicate this post to Platin, an enchanting comic artist who does stunning humor single-page tales. If you see the thumbs in his gallery, you can NEVER imagine what story he will told you, but there is always the best fun to enjoy!
Image Comments (18)
Platin () 3:49PM | Thu, 15 November 2007
It's every time a pleasure to view your versatility artwork style . I don't have Illustrator but I know It's a great application. This is a wonderful presentation of your creativity. Thank you for this image and the honor !!!!
Sylvia () 6:31PM | Thu, 15 November 2007
~Awesome~ You are so Talented... EXCELLENT!! ^5^ Thanks for shariing
RBlue () 6:43PM | Thu, 15 November 2007
I always draw my posed figures from various sweeping curves. It helps aid in perspective and foreshortening of limbs and such. It also helps in balancing the figures within the drawn environment. Not everyone likes that method, but it works well for me. Yours has the heir of accessibility where many artists can better manage the medium to govern their imagination into reproducing the human anatomy. What's instructive most here is the scale chart for seeing the character clearer and keeping within the limits set therein. Instructive and intuitive.
Elcet () 12:05AM | Fri, 16 November 2007
To draw figures from curves does not give the same guarantee as Reed's approach of illustrating foreshortening in 2D drawing. In brief if you draw the limbs as simple cylinders, if they are facing you their section appears as circles, and if they are perpendicular to your optical axis, therefore visible in their full length, their section appears as a straight line; this is the core of Reed's method and you can apply it to nearly every body part including each phalanx of fingers. To draw correctly foreshortening is a nightmare for beginning illustrators. However, to draw from curves gives much more fluid rendering of movements, resulting in the fact that the drawings are less static and much more pleasant to see. Even if you use Poser, Daz Studio or Quidam to render 3D people, the great Sixus1 in a PDF tutorial about posing (that is freely downloadable on ContentParadise) has proven that to begin with a simple draft showing the body curves gives superior images at last.
lior () 12:35AM | Fri, 16 November 2007
Tres joli rendu.J'aime le cote creatif de cette composition!Superbe dedicace pour notre ami Platin.
Valerie-Ducom () 4:52AM | Fri, 16 November 2007
Oh, quel travail !!! Excellent concept et mini tutorial.. Ces dessins montrent bien que nous sommes tous fait pareil mais avec un physique différent :) Bisous à vous tous :)
helanker () 6:52AM | Fri, 16 November 2007
I see you are very well educated in anatomy. Excellent drawings.
trishabadblood () 7:24AM | Fri, 16 November 2007
Fantastic colors and shape...wonderful set of characters...
sim3344 () 5:02PM | Sun, 18 November 2007
Your advices are very useful and important,very great work
Severine () 2:05PM | Mon, 19 November 2007
Excellent, ces 4 personnages ont tous une histoire de corps bien a eu et c'est très bien caricaturé ;-)
dphoadley () 4:07PM | Tue, 20 November 2007
Very interesting analysis! You bring a greater depth to your art than most other people here! DPH