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PE: Importance of Anatomy

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:52 AM


The importance of anatomy.


Understanding anatomy is crucial to many aspects of your art.
You'll notice that anatomy is essential for drawing. It becomes difficult to accurately draw a complex pose, or even a simple one, if you don't understand what's under all that skin or fur, or even bark.  Knowing how everything fits together is important.
Once you notice where that certain muscle is, shading and form become much more accurate and more natural. Knowing why the nose and eyes fall where they do make it much easier to draw from memory, and nail that natural look you were going for.

Learning the anatomy of the subject you're going to draw is quite important, and will definitely help you on several levels.
It's also easier to drawing sequences of movement. One will know what connects to what, and how they move. What is possible, and what isn't. (Range of motion)

Drawing people and other animals can be intimidating. Once you have a solid foundation, it's much easier to draw because you understand what lies underneath.

Human Anatomy 

One will notice that humans and other animal's anatomy are similar. You can draw almost any other species of mammal easily if you compare it to human anatomy. Obviously, there are differences. Different body parts are adapted for different things. 

Faces can be daunting. The placement of the features can be hard to place accurately. 

Stock Accounts for human anatomy:

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Human Anatomy Tutorials + Resources

Includes specific and general tutorials.

Library reference-Humans by ArtistsHospital

head_proportions_tutorial4. by Lady2

-Anatomy Tutorial- by odduckoasis

Human Anatomy by FreakOffTheLeash

nobert's Anatomy Gallery Folder



Anatomy practice .. by moni158    Anatomy by DblckLamb  Simplify Human Anatomy guide by sakimichan  Anatomy by zoro4me3

Anatomy by zoro4me3



Anatomy for Beginner by Luvelia   -Anatomy Tutorial- by odduckoasis





Female Anatomy Patterns by Snigom Male Anatomy Patterns by Snigom


Hand anatomy by Elthenstorm

Anatomy Tutorial by owdof   Quick Facial Anatomy Tips by Smirtouille  anatomy by ilaBarattolo



   

Animal Anatomy Tutorials and Resources:

Library reference-Animals by ArtistsHospital



Bird Anatomy Studies by Canis-ferox   Bird Anatomy: Wing and Feather by Christ1nMe

Realistic Animal Anatomy 1 by dark-reign

Horse Muscles Anatomy by DarkKenjie    Horse Anatomy the Muscles by COOKEcakes
Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1 by akeli    Basic Animal Anatomy by Majnouna


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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lovely Im faving
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015   General Artist
Thank you for your support!
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pablorz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Wow. Goooooooood job!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   General Artist
<3 Thanks!!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful journal has been featured here: [link] :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
Aww! Thanks Eve!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!!! :tighthug: This is so helpful, Ali!!! :love:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
:huggle: Glad you think so! :tighthug:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   General Artist
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anatomy... Every time I think to this it appears like a bunch of boring homework.. :stare:
But the fact is, you cannot make without... :|
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   General Artist
Indeed.
But it can be fun!
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Man there have been a lot of PE journals that have been really cool, but this is certainly one of my favs. ;)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
Wow thanks! :heart:
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Your most welcome. These sort of articals are why I love DA so much :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
:heart::la:
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doodler95 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best online anatomy references I've seen. Learning anatomy inspired me to keep drawing; it's really one of the most intriguing aspects of the human body.

Thank you so much for putting this journal up! :D :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
Glad you found it useful!
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:la: That means a lot!
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doodler95 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob! :D
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   General Artist
c:
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free-to-be-Gee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Barely two days old and I will never get enough of this resource. THX again and again and again!! :dalove:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
Wow! Glad you found it useful!
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
This'll probably be useful later on. Thanks!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
:heart:
I'm glad you found it useful!
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ArmadaPaw Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much for posting this, it's a great resource!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
:heart: I'm glad you found it useful!
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Great resources, thanks!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
:hug:
Glad it was useful!
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...I should probably stop hoarding stock & anatomy refs now. XD

*SenshiStock , *syccas-stock , =Kxhara , *LaLunatique , *Sinned-angel-stock & =charligal-stock are personally some of my favorites when it comes down to hunting for more active & unusual poses (also raiding #dAPoses is overall good option >w<)

~jeinu & `majnouna also have some very interesting material in regards to feature variety that anyone looking to diversify their character design variety should look at.

& those Loomis books,the glorious andrew loomis books although also looking at Eadweard Muybridge's work is very useful considering how extensive they were ("the human figure in motion" is a very valuable book for any artist to have in my opinion while some of his other studies include animals in motion).

Knowing how the proper body anatomy works not only while it's still but in motion as well is a very useful skill for any artist especially when finding one's favorite drawing style (anyways, I'm pretty sure that even Butch Hartman & Seth MacFarlane know this kind of stuff too XD)
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
:la:That's awesome!
thank you for sharing.
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Stock accounts are always awesome!

Yay for Muro!
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   General Artist
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
thank you for the suggestions :)
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome~I hope they are of use to you~(warning about the Eadweard Muybridge stuff-there's a bit of nudity in them...I kinda forgot to type that above XD)
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
No problem, nudity is kinda inevitable after all. But thanks for the warning :)
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome~(it kinda always is in older books. XD)
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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Even if you can't draw for the life of you (I'm somewhere between knowing how to draw and an abysmal drawing artist), knowing anatomy certainly helps you to appreciate your own body and the bodies of others - there's something about the human form which continues to fascinate me every single day. We're humans after all and we should appreciate all that makes us up :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   General Artist
:nod:
Thank you for your insightful comment!
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Redfeathyrs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Just some advice to anyone daunted by the images of all those bones and muscles- take it one body part at a time! :D I'm trying to work on hands, myself.

Also to add to the comment string about stylized anatomy- an art teacher of mine once said, and I agree, 'You have to know what it's supposed to look like before you make changes.'
I work hard at anatomy, even though my style is caught somewhere between manga and semi-realism. :nod:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
:la: That's pretty awesome!
I love that style!

You need to know anatomy before you can stylize it, you know?
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Thank you for the insightful comment!
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true, and a very useful resource here! I found that until I really started understanding how the body worked, it was very difficult to draw anything at all. And I'm still learning; by no means am I an expert. It's a long process, but it's very rewarding, because I'm getting to that stage when I am starting to remember how things work and it feels really good to know things.

I've also found in addition to studying anatomy, tracing can also be a useful tool--if used within reason! I took a lot of photos of myself with my webcam and traced my face a lot over the course of this past year. At first it was pretty time consuming, but now I'm starting to really understand how parts of the body line up and connect in all angles. It's easier to visualize odd head tilts and such now even without a reference, because through repeated tracing I've taught myself how the jaw connects to the ear and the neck to the head, the positions of eyes, nose, mouth, and the shape of the skull. Of course this hardly means start tracing everything and making "bases" to create all your work, but it certainly does help figure out how things work, so you can sketch them on your own later.

~VelkynKarma
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful insightful comment!
I'm glad you found this article interesting!
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apple-kitty Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Whenever I look at anatomy, at all those muscles I look away and sigh. I know I shouldn't be negative but I can't see myself ever learning all these muscles..
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BladenX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I don't see any reason you should have to learn them.
You get an idea of how they look and work.
You sure don't have to be able to name them.

I don't know any of them and my anatomy is fine.
I learned how to draw the way people look. I understand that there's muscles working underneath it all but I certainly don't refer to a muscle chart when I draw.
I'm an artist not a scientist.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   General Artist
It's hard, but worth it! :la:
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MatthewPalfenier Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! And I whole heatedly (no pun intended :heart:) agree!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   General Artist
:lol:
Thank you! :huggle:
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A great article -very helpful collection of tutorials, too. Maybe you should list a few books, too? Like Loomis for those who wish to go all the way with figure drawing :)

I am so glad that I started learning about anatomy and using simplified skeletons/shapes to construct figures rather early on (thank you so much James Baxter and Ken Hultgren! xD ). It makes it so easy to shift between different animal species or even to human figures. -like a really sturdy building block which you can build all sorts for crazy castles on. <3
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Naw, it's not about me but thank you -I actually have too many to read already (Thanks to ConceptArt.org xD )-just thought it might be good to also list some classics (like Loomis or Anatomy for the Artist) alongside the dA tutorials c:
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