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Thigh Construction Tutorial by NemoNova Thigh Construction Tutorial by NemoNova
Hi, again :D 

So I'm working my way up the body and have just finished my thigh/upper leg tutorial. I wanted to draw the figures in a way that is easy to understand and nothing explains form better than planar blocks. 

please note: THE BODY LOOKS LIKE A MACHINE, BUT WE ARE NOT MACHINES! keep your lines embedded with life! Stretch or compress that figure if it feels right. Bend proportion for effect, but don't break it.


WE LEARN THE DETAILS SO THAT WE CAN INCORPORATE THEM AND ONE DAY FORGET THEM.
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PharaohMalik Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student General Artist
these are really interesting but they kind of hurt my brain. haha. i'm wondering if you think a scientific approach is the best approach towards figure drawing or if it's just a good thing to know in order to have a better understand of the form?

i'm definitely going to take notes and try this tutorial but drawing from figures is a bit easier for me. still, i want to achieve a better understanding of how the body moves so I can draw dynamic poses from memory . any tips on how to go about this?

thank you for  taking the time and creating these <3!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. 

I think it's all about how deep you want to go and how your brain works. 

I still draw from figures and do life drawing + draw from photo reference and models. To me it's important to know what I'm looking at, so I learn the names of the parts of body and their individual functions. The scientific/biological approach is not better/worse etc... it's how my brain works and it works for me. I know that David Finch who works for marvel and DC has very anatomically inclined art, but he hasn't memorized the names of each part (he said so himself to me and well as in one of his gnomon dvd's).  

Usually I mention at some point in the tutorials that the body is not a simple machine. Artists have to include the drama and character by using tools like dynamic posing, line weights for tension etc... to express what characters are feeling and doing. Breaking proportion for the sake of conveying a feeling the way mannerism has is fantastic and I recommend it fully, because creating an academically correct, yet boring picture, is not what I am trying to do at all. Frank Frazetta is a the best example of a perfect balance b/t solid anatomical knowledge while keeping the dynamism, so y.e.s. it can be done. 

As for learning how the body moves, I've had great results by drawing athletes and paying particular attention to what's happening at the joints, trying to duplicate them exactly on paper (shoulders, elbows, wrists, upper thigh etc...). Just type in a sport in google images and go wild. 
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Panhead13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student General Artist
This and the shoulder girdle one are lifesavers!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. It's good that they are helping. Damn shoulder girdle was so friggin hard for me for years. 
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Panhead13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student General Artist
yeah. Fortunately, this will come in handy.
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Southrobin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Thank you so much for the help! The comparison between thighs is a lifesaver.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I know, drawing muscular thighs can be pretty tough. I need to go back and review sometimes myself. This is why I try to draw characters with pants.  
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MacktheSavior Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
been looking for something like this for a long time.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem. I'm happy to help, my friend. 
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WoodSpider Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
How educational!
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RADIO-rock Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really needed this, thanks!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problems. These things seem to be working for people. 
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darquepinkpaper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist
I needed this!!!! Thank you so much!!! :D
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problems. Stay tuned. The next one should have a lot of info :).
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Swniver Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gosh! Thank you so much!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vous êtes le bienvenu. J'espère pouvoir faire plus.
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Swniver Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you know I was french? Is my English that bad ;) ?
And your french is good by the way ^^
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw "France" written on your page.

I'm trying to learn french, but it is slow. Not many people speak it here in Toronto, Canada. I also have so many other projects going at the same time.
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Swniver Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Ok! ^^
French is pretty difficult uh?
You're so lucky to live in Toronto!  Well I'm trying to learn English  but I'm not so good at it :/
Anyway, thanks again for this deviation cause it's really helpful for me :)
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, french is difficult, but one day I will understand it well.

and your welcome about the tutorials. My next one is going to be on the shoulder area with the collar bone, shoulder blade etc...
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Swniver Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, can't wait to see it ;)
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Adjidaumo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this!
It's exactly what I need for my figure drawing class.
No more thighs that look like sausages...
:D
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha! Well, the sausage is a great start. No problem.
Looking at your work it seems this stuff will come easily to you. You already think 3-dimensionally, and hatch along the form.
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Adjidaumo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Much appreciated!
I can't wait to see your other anatomy tutorials.
:D
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tonight I'm going to post the mid section tutorials. It's pretty long b/c it has to take gender into account.
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MattSimas Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Damn these are great.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Matt. Good to connect w u here.
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