Hey guys, thought I'd pose a question about learning to draw anatomy (specifically human) from the mind. I've been drawing for about 8 years now and I feel that the last two years I've really hit a plateau. I mean, you give me a photo and I can reproduce it on paper. Or you sit me in front of a model, and I can get a decent likeness. You sit me alone in a room, and it is like I forget everything sometimes.
I spend about 30 minutes to an hour a day just drawing people. I try to squeeze in two hours a week of animals too, but often neglect that. I go to a coffee shop, the mall, I use photos from the web, comics, study other artists, read books. Iíve read countless booksÖ I study bridgeman and mentler at least once a week.
I feel Iíve learned some stuff pretty well, you tell me to draw a human arm, I can usually get it done. The same applies ot other smaller sections, chest, back, legs, stomach. I know where the muscles lay, the bones connect, how they turn, but once it comes time to do an entire figure I seem to forget stuff like mad. Everything is stiff. This tells me I need to do more gestures right? Like an animator?
I figured it is more just me not being comfortable and confident in the initial building stages. So here is what Iíve been doing the last 8 months to try to defeat this.
Iíve been drawing panels form cartoons and freeze frames from movies, randomly, and in ten minute time frames each. Action poses, non action, everything at random. I still go to the mall and draw people walking, eating, etc as well. Iíve been drawing gestures like crazy the past months, but I feel like Iíve learned nothing.
I workout a lot, and I sometimes train people. And the first thing I do is make them take a photo of themselves and I keep it in a drawer. Because you can never see your own progress, unless you have a frame to look back to. In a month I show them the old photo, and theyíre amazed and suddenly filled with confidence.
I donít feel Iím making the same jumps. I look at my gestures/drawings from a year ago, and my new ones donít look that much strong or confident, if at all. Itís becoming very frustrating. So Iím asking if any of you have any ideas that might help me jump this hurdle Iím tripping over.
My work is so inconsistent itís killing me. One day everything seems smooth and easy, the next every person I draw looks like a robot.
I suppose, ultimately, Iíd like to be able to casually draw a guy battling a monster in the middle of a forest, without having to spend 6 hours looking up references or drawing thumbnails that never seem to work. Iíd like to be able to get it right a lot faster.
So hit me, what do you think I should do? Thanks for reading all of this. ^_^