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"You know... this whole dying thing is quite unsettling... "
"I only saw him once. A brief encounter, but it was that gaze in his eyes that stayed with me. He appeared calm, looked at me, and smiled. A look that any boy his age would have had. But there was something unsettling about those eyes. As if whenever you looked in them too long, he would plunge you into that madness that he came from"
Welcome to the internet. A place full of keyboard warriors that will hurt anything and everything, even a harmless kitten.
Crowned with chaos
"Level 0, they called it. Godmode; a state of power that was unimaginable for humans before. A class that was even above the dreadful level 1, in the sense of sheer powers. The scientists embraced the concept of a man-made god. And to be honest; so did I. But neither of us knew the consequences. That a human mind isn't made to contemplate multiple truths and dimensions at once. Evolution only got us so far over the years. There's a reason why Elysa died. Her mind must've been torn apart in the chaos..."
I could only laugh at their foolishness. So smart, yet a small child could win from them. My pale skin almost seemed to glow from all the energy that was running through my body. Such a pretty sight, yet so terribly dangerous.
Were they aware of my powers..?
I closed my eyes and emptied my mind. No more fear, or bad thoughts haunting my mind. Soon it would all fade away... until only madness remained.
Human anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Drawing from life Drawing from life is awesome! Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. It might be at first. But think of it this way; it's a good way learn and observe the human body, since clothing doesn't get in the way.
Draw people in various poses. Repeat ad nausium. It's best to use a real life reference (if one is available), otherwise resort to pictures from real people. Try not to use drawings as a reference, as they're not real, and you might actually copy the artist's mistakes. Start out with simple poses. Move on to more complex poses as you get better. Set yourself a time limit for drawing. One or two minute gesture drawings are good to start with, as you learn to limit yourself to the absolute basics of a pose, and not to get lost in details.
Detailed study Some parts of the human body are so hard to draw that they need extra practice. Think about hands, feet, but also faces and the countless different facial expressions you can make. You might actually dedicate a study only to these subjects. Try to use either your own hands/feet/face as a reference (with the help of a mirror), or use pictures from real people. For this too goes; if you copy from other artists you might accidentally copy their mistakes.
There are countless of books about anatomy on the market. The website Parkablogs once made an overview of the many books available on this subject, but no doubt there is more. While people generally have their own preference when it comes to learning a subject, I will highlight a few books that have helped me a lot.
Loomis Loomis - Figure drawing for all it's worth (ISBN 0857680986) (Scanned version here) Loomis - Drawing the head & hands (ISBN 0857680978) (Scanned version here) Especially if you want to learn how to draw faces, Loomis is the way to go. His method for drawing faces is seen all over the art world.
Hampton Micheal Hampton - Figure drawing: design and Invention (ISBN 0615272819) (Scanned version here) Also a very solid book when it comes to drawing the human body. Many tips and tricks for standardizing certain proportions in the human body. Great to study and to keep with you to as a reference.
Others There are too many books on human anatomy to cover them all. For more suggestions, see this list. You might even share your own preferences in the comment section here.
Proko is cool. Check out his entire YouTube channel for more content. Proko combines both Loomis' and Haptons lessons in simple YouTube video's that are easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.
Phobos-Romulus' body types He did some great tutorials on both the male and the body type. What's also interesting is that he shows how the body is influenced by muscle, fat, length, and even age.
FOERVRAENGDmanga to realism series Especially great for artists that started out drawing manga, but want to have a deeper understanding about the human face (and human anatomy in general)
Do not copy poses directly from other people's artwork. You might be copying their mistakes. If you heavily rely on references for your work/study, it's polite to credit the maker of the picture. If you're forever alone, you still have yourself to use as a reference (A mirror works just fine). Studying anatomy takes most masters many, many years. You can't expect to master it in a few days. It doesn't matter if your sketches look like shit, if you learned something from it. Don't rely too heavily on magazines/models, as they're heavily photoshopped and made to be 'perfect'. Photo's like those are great to start with, but only show little variation in face- and body type.
"Media always taught us to go for our goals, live extraordinary lives and then be happy. While they should start teaching us how to live an ordinary life, enjoy the simple things in life, and still be happy."
Also known on the internet as DamaiMikaz or Mikaz -- the nickname I've been using since my early days on the internet, somewhere around 2002. Originally I used the nickname Mikaz, which was derived from an RP character I used to roam the Dutch forums with. As the internet expanded, however, and more and more nicknames were taken by default, I added Damai as a prefix as a reference to my real name; Damaris.
I'm artist in the broadest sense of the word. Despite what my DeviantArt gallery might make you think, I'm involved in many disciplines of art. Like illustration, writing, graphic- and webdesign. While I work as a professional webdesigner and webdeveloper in real life, I don't show much of my web related work here, mostly for the reason that I can't publish everything I make for clients directly. Aside from that, DeviantArt is a thing I do for fun, so I prefer to keep it about my personal projects.
In contrary to what many people seem to think: I'm not a professional Illustrator -- which basically comes down to the fact that I don't do illustration for money. I never even took commissions, and I'm not planning to do so either. Illustration is, like writing, something I do for fun alone.
In real life I'm currently working as a webdeveloper. Which means I'm a huge nerd (A real one. One who knows how to program) that enjoys messing around with computers and actually enjoys the process of programming web applications. I have a huge interest in everything tech- and especially web-related, including internet culture, trends and phenomenons and social media. Basically anything web-related catches my interest.
If you have anything to say to me: please comment or note me. It might take a while, since the number of messages I get a day has gotten to the point that it's almost an extra job to keep up with. It takes me a lot of time to get through, but don't worry. I will get to it eventually. And even if I don't reply, know that I've read your message and that I appreciate your kind words.
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Favorite visual artistToo many to mentionFavorite moviesInterstellar, The Shawshank redemption, Inception, V for vendettaFavorite TV showsCriminal minds, House M.D.Favorite gamesPokemon :')Tools of the TradeComputer, wacom, (colored) pencils, finelinerOther InterestsDrawing, Writing stories, Computer, Webdesign, Webdevelopment