Week 17 Studies

July 14th – 20th

Time for the monthly Anatomy Turnaround!

(For those that are unfamiliar with this exercise; once a month I draw a turnaround sheet of the male and female figure – from imagination – to measure my progress in learning human anatomy).

Week17-01Turnaround04Male

Week17-02Turnaround04Female

And for comparison, here’s all 4 sets of turnaround sheets that I’ve completed over the past 3 months:

KristyKate-Turnaround1-4

While I’m still very good at being nit-picky over my current work, gosh it makes me happy to look back at how far I’ve come in just 3 months of study. Anatomy has always felt like a big scary undertaking, but these pictures show that, if you just keep working at it, progress really is guaranteed.

(I can’t wait to look back on this post in 3-6 months and laugh at just how little I know!)

Now that I’ve made progress with understanding the basics of human anatomy, I feel it’s time to start shifting my focus and aim higher.

My next steps towards character design (over the next 6 months):

  • Draw lots of figure studies (and push the pose!)
  • Complete more muscle studies
  • Draw turnarounds (more than once a month) to really cement my understanding of the human figure from different views
  • Draw lots of studies of the hands and feet
  • Draw lots of faces and study the construction of facial features
  • Complete master studies (figurative)
  • Study the design of existing characters
  • Experiment with and exaggerate the proportions and shapes of figures and faces
  • Study, practice, play!

Most importantly, it is time to step out of my comfort zone and

  • Start designing human characters!

It’s an ambitious list and I haven’t quite figured out where this will fit into my current schedule, but I accept the challenge!

Wish me luck!

Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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