Thank guys, I'm glad people are pleased with the progress. I’ll get some pics with scale at some point, they’re all a bit smaller than space marine torsos.
Thought I'd try to share some more insight:
These are in no way my first attempt! A bit here, and a bit there might take some time (and many bakes), but you can keep a steady pace, review, and make adjusts before going too far and then realising things are way off. I find studying each area bit by bit, muscle by muscle is the best way to understand anatomy. It's no good just studying one muscle. You could copy a pose to get the right muscle 'expression' but you limit yourself to that same pose.
The most important part is not the tools or skill but the mindset and approach (as hippy as it sounds). If you are determined, you will see it through! Patience becomes irrelevant, it’s just a matter of time. And if it takes time to achieve things, then so be it, it is time worth spending rather than wasting energy becoming frustrated. With confidence and practice, speed will pick up and things will become easier to do. You can then move onto other areas and make progress. Keep at it and keep practicing even on bad days. When it becomes second nature, you will not be so distracted with dismay and your mind can relax more on the job at hand.
lol erm...ripped men, ripped women, still shots and a big mirror. I watch a lot of wrestling and quite a bit of bodybuilding. As rehearsed as it can be, it is a vivid source of material. Not only for anatomy, but things like costumes, sets, props, promos, belts/trophies, styles and marketing. Comics are great for styling, capturing the moment and getting expressions, but they're not good for accuracy. They tend to emphasize things which can be good and bad. Taking still shots of film segments is great for study as well. Doing this can really show how things are working, how they move, and get a 3D-sense of structures in action.
Mirror & people are ‘real-life’ sources. I’m not a big muscley guy, but I am skinny like a skeleton, very boney. When studying anatomy and then referring it to my own body, the understanding becomes a bit more hardwired.
The missus doesn’t mind me analyzing things around me, but she gets freaked out easily, so I look forward to doing rancid-zombie-bug-sculpts!
Books! - I have a few. It's worth having a good few and not rely onjust one. Look towards medical diagrams and educational toys.
So where I’m at with the study?
Muscles are funny; they change shape, interact with other muscles, create form and give bodies a sense of lifestyle (having lived a life of labour for example).
The problem I’m finding now with the backs is that the muscles are over laying. When arms move out and upwards, the shoulder blades move out quite some distance, creating new angles and makes the muscles ‘pop’ as well as stretch. I believe my understanding will improve if I go further to the core and study the bones more (as they carry the muscle). It’s a bit of a back-and-forth process in order to gain an overall understanding of the body. I’m trying to isolate the muscle groups and work out how they configure with each other, we'll get there!
Remember; with determination, it’s just a matter of time.
Last edited by Dusty's Corner; 04-06-12 at 02:44 PM.