I've decided that I'm fed up with not being able to draw female figures as well as I can male figures. My plan is to start a study dealing specifically with nude female figures. Why? I love the Renaissance; and if there is anything that we know about the Renaissance, it is that artists revived the Classical Greek Art style; and if there is anything that we know about Classical Greek Art, it is that mastering the figurative arts (having an accurate and precise knowledge of the human body and anatomy and being able to translate accurately and precisely that knowledge into visual art) is the highest goal any artist could strive to achieve. I call myself a Renaissance man because I, too, aspire to master the figurative arts. I do not bother myself with clothing until I have that intimate knowledge of the human body and anatomy; therefore, nude figures I shall draw.
Anyways, art history 101-Renaissance concludes and nude female drawing begins. Before I begin, however, I must tell you some important information on how I would like this thread to operate. I will be posting my drawings, sketches, etc. (studies) along with some thoughts of what I have learned about my study. Sometimes I'll include a little history lesson, mainly from the Renaissance for reasons mentioned in the first paragraph, and how that little lesson relates to my study. I would like those who are experts in this field, or anyone who knows better than I do, to check the accuracy of my little lessons and to constructively criticize the thoughts I may add on to my studies in order for everyone to become a little better at the figurative arts, specifically nude female figure drawing.
Unless specified, all studies will have a reference. I will post references along with my studies.
Phew...now, more art, fewer words.
First batch: three nude female figure drawings I did yesterday.
Reference for the first two studies:
First two studies:
From 5th pose in the Reference
From 3rd pose in the Reference
Reference for the last study:
Video clip @ http://my.break.com/media/view.aspx?ContentID=210145 Stopping times in video clip and related regions in the study: ( 00:41 ) - center, ( 00:54 ) - mid-right, ( 01:21 ) - top left corner, ( 01:18 ) - middle-bottom left, ( 02:00 ) - bottom right corner, ( 02:05 ) - top right corner
The last study (there are two parts because my paper is big and my scanner is small...bear with):
Thoughts: I concluded that the female body is different from the male body in three key elements: breasts, butt, and body curve. The female body seems to be a series of bends and curves (every now and then a straight line). The male body, however, is a little more square and chiseled. In addition, I decided that I would first focus on the breast of the female. It is one of the most difficult areas for me to draw, naturally (I'm a guy, heh). So, I started with very large, natural breasts, naturally (I'm a guy, HAHAHA!). Keeley Hazell, I decided, would be my reference for that study (at least I think they are natural :/ ). The next breast study will be large, natural breasts, then medium, then small...and so forth. I'm going to try and keep the breasts natural because...well, they didn't have breast implants back in the Renaissance (or at least I don't think they did.... :/).
Thanks for taking the time to study my studies. And, God bless those who read everything I had to say because there was a lot I said, heh.
Until next nakey-time :>D