I do have to say, this is a very well done anatomy guide, especially for beginners. As an artist myself, I find this VERY informative for both male and female anatomy. One thing on this I really like is that it shows many ways that a humans anatomy can go, not just one type for all. Although there are many guides like this out there, this one is very pleasing to the eye and helpful as a reference as well! I also have to say that this guide, unlike some other guides, resemble's more of a realistic view of humans than an anime style, which I think that is very good to focus on more of! One thing I wish you'd bring up more is the importance of proportion! Proportion is very important as well, which I'm sure you know! I also think you should go more in depth about each section, perhaps making a whole deviation on a specific individual body structure, (Head, body, eyes, maybe even a lesson on proportion!) but that is just my opinion! All and all, this was very helpful; Thank you for making this guide!
I know the stars look bad-- and I'm prepared for this to be rejected (though like anyone who rights a critique, I'd rather it not be). You don't have to accept everything I say, I'm by no means an expert.
First off, I want to talk about the name. "The Not-So-Accurate Anatomy Guide". Well... this is correct. Both the male and female bodies look pretty weird, almost like they're dolls rather than actual people. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what is wrong, but compare your drawings to anyone walking down the street and you'll see something isn't quite right! The curve in the female body's spine looks almost painful, and male figure's pectorals are huge. In addition, the arms on both are very long. If you imagine how the male's arm would look straight and his hand unfolded, his fingers would nearly touch his knees. Also, the body shape examples are pretty off themselves. The noses are strange. What's that extra line between the nostril and the bridge for? It could be a stylization thing, but is that really necessary? Especially when many people viewing this tutorial may not know it's a stylization thing and might believe that the nose gets thinner across the bridge or above the nostril or whatever that line is supposed to denote.
I know you know your anatomy isn't perfect. It's okay not to be an anatomy expert, I'm not myself. However, whenever you put names like "guide" or "tutorial" or "diagram" on things, it immediately becomes harmful to artists who may not know as much as you do and accept all of your errors as correct. I am very aware that drawing like this could just be your "style" or whatever, but other people may not be. Some young artists might accept this as realism or semi realism, even when it obviously isn't. It's damaging to teach people wrongly.
As a final thought, the "A girl's body, no matter what boy shape she has, always has curves" is a bit of a broad generalization, isn't it? I know plenty of women and girls who don't have curves, yet they are still women. This isn't art related really, but I thought I should say that. Have a nice day!
I've browsed through a number of anatomy "references"/"guides"/"tutorials", some very detailed and anatomically correct with actual mapping of muscles on mannequins, and it's actually a bit refreshing to see one that isn't so overly technical. Maybe in a sense your approach is more practical in fact. Certainly from the perspective of someone like myself who isn't exactly interested in true-to-life realistic character sketches as a more stylized cartooned approach. In that light, you've done a superb job highlighting key attributes that define how a subject looks. I think if somebody has a good grasp on the points you've illustrated here, they can use them to create a range of compelling characters featuring anatomy directly referenced or varied anywhere in between the examples you've given. In short, you might humbly feel that this is flawed and inaccurate as an artistic guide, but I find it an effective lesson using simple illustrated examples that I know I for one can and shall endeavor to benefit from Thank you for your helpful thinking and the time you took to compile this!
And btw, you did a fantastic job caricaturing RDJ there in my opinion I approve!
I'm glad that you think so. As someone who is about to enter college next month, I still have very limited knowledge when it comes to the specifics of anatomy. I can only know it by the best way I know how; by observing people in real life. Not that I stalk people! XD So that pretty much explain how 'simple' my approach is. I'm still learning as of now, and hoping to improve in that field, but thank you so much.
Haha thank you! It's hard to draw someone realistically than cartoonizing them. ;w;
I have a question about the breast part, what if they have implants? XD And if you don't mean to be realistic you can always experiment with what ever you want :3 I also sort of find it hard to draw noses some times, when I do realistic art, but all in all they aren't quite so hard to draw 030 Thanks for the advice most of it I knew for example about the eyes being one eye apart from each other but all in all it was pretty helpful ^^
Madmax00007Featured By OwnerMay 13, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I HIGHLY recommend that nobody uses celebrity photos for anatomy. If anyone sees this: please, trust me, celebrity photos (specifically ones for women) are almost always photoshopped so that their bodies meet impossible standards. I don't blame you for having unrealistic women in this tutorial, because that's the inevitable result of using celebrity photos. It's not a good idea, the media photoshops beautiful people to look thinner and perkier and not at all real, to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Don't use celebrity photos for anatomyyyyyy!
Overall, I'm definitely not perfect with anatomy myself, but we all have to keep learning and moving forward! I'm not trying to point you out on mistakes, I just wanna make a PSA about how decieving the media can be. The pic of smexy RDJ may not be anatomically photoshopped, so it's good, but like I said, you never know for sure, especially for women because it's not amateurs doing it, these people are really good at photoshop.
Anyways, I like the style of art, and its nice n' easy to follow. But I also agree with the title. XD
Believe me, I totally agree with you. XD I've been aware of the fact that most celebrity photos are deceivingly photoshopped---that's not new to me. Initially, I was supposed to pick someone more handsome, but thought since it could get a little hard to tell which photo is true and which is not...I pick RDJ as my guinea pig XD But thank you for taking the time to point it out!
Ah yes, the title is a warning in itself not to take this too seriously.
If you ever make another guide thing, I have a suggestion for arm length to torso; the elbow is suppose to be at the bottom of the ribcage/just above the belly button (which you did successfully) and the wrist is supposed to be level to the crotch (the arm lengths themselves are fine, but it seems to me—especially the girl— that their lower abdomens (waist to groin) needs to be extended.)
You're more than welcome, dear Well don't need to remind me about that one, indeed. Just pretty much any tutorial/how-to-draw books told us to draw from real life and learn from it instead of relying on books only XD And you're more than welcome, once again
Yeah, thank you for pointing it out. It's just me and my ambitious artist self doing. I know everything here is wrong. But again, thanks for at least taking the time to comment. I appreciate it, and I'll try to learn more correctly in the future.
It pretty much appears that way if you aren't standing with your back straightened out, even then there are people with longer arms, but most commonly the wrist reaches the anterior superior iliac spine of the hip bone (the pointy part you can normally see and feel above your legs) <: But yea every person is build differently! Even my boyfriend has super long arms and legs.