If you want to draw people, then you have to learn a bit about the skeleton. For this activity you will need a diagram of a human skeleton. Or, of you have access to one, a model skeleton. But instead of just copying the diagram, and in celebration of All Hallow's Eve, I want you to draw a series of dancing skeletons!
Here are some websites to get you started:
Ready, set. . . no, don’t start yet. Before you start drawing, I want you to decide exactly what you want to learn from this. This activity shouldn’t seem arbitrary. Here are some examples of how you can use this assignment to learn the things that you want to learn:
Animation/quick sketching/storyboarding – simplify the skeleton down into basic shapes that you can draw quickly. Using this simplified skeleton, do dozens of fast drawings in skeletons posed in the most dramatic, active poses that you can think of. Bonus points if you do a series of poses that could potentially be linked into one animation
3D – In order to really get yourself thinking spatially, first draw a skeleton in a dramatic dance pose. Then draw the same pose again, from one or two more angles.
Perspective – draw a 3D space in perspective and populate it with dancing skeletons, all in proper proportion to one-another.
Scientific illustration – draw only one skeleton, but with every knob and rib and vertebrae in exactly the right place and in the right numbers.
Expressive poses/expressive mark-making –Don’t worry about getting the right number of bones or exact proportions or persnickety details. Go instead for emotional impact through bold marks and dramatic body language. These skeletons should make your audience want to get up and dance!
Character design/costume – first draw several skeletons in various dance poses. Then add costumes to the drawings. These could be the skeletons of pirates or the inhabitants of a Mayan tomb throwing a midnight party.
For best results, don’t wait until the end of the week to post your results. Get your first sketches or in-progress work up soon so that you can all see what everyone else is up to. Be sure to say what you are you are focused on learning when you post. I’ll do my best to give feedback on everyone’s’ work, and you should all critique each others’ work, too.
Usually these classes will last about a week, but this one will go a little longer because I’m too impatient to wait until Saturday.
Be sure to post your results right here in this thread. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Remember, although this is supposed to be a learning experience, it should also be fun.
Okay, now you can start!