A lot of old masters – Leonardo comes to mind – had to be anatomists. To learn figure they had to cut up bodies and study them. No one had done this before – or well – probably people did somewhere – but the Dark Ages destroyed such knowledge in Europe. So artists as well as doctors had at times to cut open cadavers to figure out how we all are put together. Soooo glad we artists don’t have to do that sort of thing today.
“No Cadavers Please #1: Creating The Big Belch graphic novel 21″
Scattered today. That happens when one’s concentration is broken. But if one has a solid background in the basics – like knowing human anatomy, it helps enormously. Also for those of you who wonder how page 4 is getting along, here’s an update. I think the figures are coming along.
Basics. In art it really doesn’t get much more basic – at least if one is drawing a figure. I maintain – even though I do dearly love Photoshop – that it improves one’s own drawing ability enormously doing a few things like the old masters – studying anatomy like Leonardo da Vinci or Rembrandt. It gets into the bone of the artist, or one could say, the meat that fuels creativity. Oh God – was that portentous? Good grief. I’m sure not saying that I draw like an old master. It would be great but…well, one must face reality.