In this blog I will discuss Life Drawing and the importance of anatomy research. I have previous training, however the priority of my thought process was challenged to accommodate gesture as a primary concern. To improve gesture drawing, knowledge of anatomy and practice of short drawing was required. In the 1-5 minute poses, there is limited time to correct mistakes, so instinctively being aware of anatomy and building muscle memory was vital. “We can know a prior of things only what we ourselves put into them”(The Blackwell companion to philosophy, Kant)
Researching anatomy was fundamental to improving in Life Drawing. It provided knowledge of the underlying structure of human form. I used several references Including Michael Hampton, George Bridgman and Uldis Kondrat to examine the human form. Uldis Kondrat’s book focuses on the structure of the form. I explored the planes of individual muscle masses and cross sections to discover what constructs the structure of the human body.
Bridgman discusses the anatomy to create human forms without compromising on the core mass. “Masses of the head, chest and Pelvis are unchanging” (Bridgman’s complete guide to drawing from life, Bridgeman). In the above drawing, I blocked out form using marks to find the proportions of the body. At this stage my knowledge of anatomy was minimal, and I did not recognize the core masses. If I were to recreate this drawing, I would describe the muscles wrapping around the core masses.
Drawing is a conceptual idea, abstracting from the subject to depict a method of note taking for the artist, and visually communicating the ideas to its audience.
George Bridgman, 2009, Bridgman’s complete guide to drawing from life, Sterling, NY, (PDF copy), http://www.scott-eaton.com/outgoing/books/George-Bridgman-Constructive-Anatomy.pdf
David Bell, on Immanuel Kant, 2002, The Blackwell companion to philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.
Uldis Kondrats, 2014, Anatomy for sculptors, Exonicus LLC, US, (Image Reference for anatomy drawings)
Michael Hampton, Figure Drawing.Info (Web), http://www.figuredrawing.info/gesture-drawing/ (Image Reference for anatomy drawings)