Sunday, March 30, 2014


I draw something fun for myself for my Birthday every year, it is my present to myself. I've always wanted a picture of Galactus, the Marvel Comics' Planet Eater. This is a sketch Arthur Adams started but did not finish. Finishing it in a style similar to Mr. Adams' was a massive challenge. In the end I'm happy with the figure and the trees at the bottom. The clouds still need work and the way I drew space looks more like how Virgil Finlay would draw space rather than how Arthur does. I still have much to learn!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

3D Structural Shapes

Basic structure forms, this video helps you understand the basic 3-D shapes you will be required to draw as an artist.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Robo Bean

This video is the big one. This is where as an artist you move from describing a figure to defining the figure. In the initial describing sections your lines are stating the direction and relationship of the various forms, but you aren't actually drawing the forms. In this video you are shown how to take a description of a relationship (the relationship of the torso and pelvis) and use it to draw an accurate definition of the actual forms. In the gesture you are drawing what the figure "feels" like, its basic rhythm, but the constructive steps are the actual forms. With the gesture you are implying a figure, but with the forms you are making a statement, the figure exists in space in this way.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Human Bean

Here is a great short video on how to quickly draw the relation of the torso to the pelvis. It involves defining the two form's relationship as the two lobes of a bean.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gesture Drawing

  • Here is a great video on drawing successful gestures. I spend a lot of time training about forms and contours, I don't always emphasize the central action lines of the gesture as much as I should in my lessons. The gesture is the motion of the figure which is the framework for the figure. If you are familiar with my books the gesture step is what I describe as the "Matchstick Man" portion of the drawing. All successful figure drawings retain a sense of motion even when the figure is standing still. It keeps drawings from looking overly stiff.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Gesture Drawing Basics

The first step of drawing a figure is laying out the action of the figure, the central line which runs through the whole figure. It defines the rhythm of the figure in a very short quick sketch.