Do you love snow? Or hate it with a passion bordering on rage? Does a hit of the white stuff bring out your inner child or Demon! Maybe snow’s causing you chaos? We Brits still aren’t prepared for any significant level of snowfall. Much to the surprise of continental Europe and America who marvel at our unpreparedness in the face of a mere few inches of the white stuff The truth is heavy snow is unusual for most of Brits, especially in the lowlands. ! Scratch that, any snow is unusual for us! Maybe it’s the novelty, but snow provides masses of inspiration when it comes. As an artist, my major issue with snow is how to depict it without slipping into the twee. And the association that snow = Christmas. Oops, slipped up there! Or did I throw you off with the green Holly Berries? There’s plenty of scope for interest with snowy pictures. The snow’s texture, the icicles, the way trees droop under the weight of it, light reflecting and sparkling off the snow, outlines smoothed beneath a unifying blanket. But how to create the image? One technique I employ is photography. With digital cameras much of the […]
Anatomical study is essential for drawing figures. Many careers require the study of anatomy. Art being but one. However, access to materials is sometimes difficult. And sometimes people are just plain squeamish. Anatomy can be really difficult to understand, especially in text books. But, never mind, the solution is here… 3D Paper models First the Skeleton! This one is cardboard. And even has all the origins and insertions conveniently named. Much better than your real skeleton. And strike a pose! We had one of these, but sadly Cedric is no longer with us…sniff! Anyway, I digress… You may need to see internal structures in detail…. This wonderful torso I found on This is collosal What about muscle structure? Try this! Or maybe some surface surface anatomy? The last 2 images are by Bert Simons and you can find more here, including full figures! There you are! Not an iccy, bloody, squidgy, smelly thing in sight! Sorry, Why are you turning green? So, do you know any other essential “study aids”?