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;