Thursday, July 19, 2012

04 Modeling Nº 118

These are all the multi-view leg references that I have. A front view, rear view, and side view are the minimum. The more views, the better. Female legs come in all shapes and sizes, from very thin, to chubby. All of them are handy for reference purposes. Click on any image to enlarge it.

The best reference is a live model. The next best references are multi-view photos of a live model in a pose, preferably photographed in rotation. Finally, drawings of the human figure can be used as references for modeling the figure. The best reference drawings, of course, are those that are drawn from a live model. The next best drawings would be those drawn from photographs of a live model. Drawing forces the artist to observe the relationships and details of the figure.

I also have books about figure drawing, and often the drawings in those books show me things about the figure that I have not noticed before. I would like to recommend Jack Hamm's book, Drawing the Head and Figure, as well as Andrew Loomis' book, Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, both of which point out many details that often go unnoticed.

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