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Expert animal draftsman and painter, Joe Weatherly, breaks down the complex subject of animal anatomy using clear and easy to understand concepts. You will learn how to tackle a wide range of animal types and you will gain a methodology for quickly drawing any new animal with confidence and force.
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Joe Weatherly breaks down the complex subject of animal
anatomy using clear and easy to understand concepts. You will
learn how to tackle a wide range of animal types and you
will gain a methodology for quickly drawing any new animal
with confidence and forth. In this video lesson, you will
learn how to approach the horse starting from a
simplified skeletal structure, then building anatomical forms
outwards. You will learn how to see the skeleton as a living
subject and how to work with anatomy to create movement.
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top of torso and top of the neck.
Back down there again. I had to get that tone in there. had to get that tone in there.
underside and so start developing a light source here.
On the side of the mouth, coming down,
and those lines are indicating side plane. So we have top,
rounded, side, flat,
landmark. Right there into the triceps.
Triceps, that means elbow. And in the arm comes off of that so
the arm draped from that shape. Tombstone shape.
But it doesn't reason because the
humerus is right there and that leads us into the ulna and the
radius which is fused together in the horse. All right, so
I wanna indicate the gesture of the back legs and the front
legs. So I'm going back in and defining, redefining my weight,
redefining my leg position. Didn't change it. Just
making sure it was still there.
Got to think about this as a cylinder.
This, same thing. The torso basically has a bent
cylinder so speak. Cylinder with a little bit of a bend in
it right there.
That's what you got to start thinking about when you're
doing this stuff.
Okay, box for the pelvis, very good representation there so
that you start to see
oh, it's a cube. Okay. It's a cube is tilting down slightly.
I get it then. And then you take and start to put
muscles on top of that, on the sides of that, on the back of
that sort of thing.
Take a look at that cube and say, okay. Where can I put
landmarks? Where - how does the pelvis fit in there, draw a
pelvis inside that box.
Alright anyways neck same thing, modified cylinder.
Coming in and getting a really crisp edge there across the top,
we say that's the top of the shoulders.
Yeah, most of the mass is at the top of the forearm. We get
down to the wrist. We're dealing with a joint so that
takes and becomes more like a ball shape.
Or an egg-like shape and then coming down into the
metacarpal bone, modified tapered cylinder, thinking
through the whole time.
Drawing through the whole time.
All right, and then as I was saying before with the three quarter front
view that the hoof goes forward, the pastern and is going
forward. So we see that, not underneath the shape of the
ball like shape there, but actually going forward.
Okay, just going to make some refinements now.
Fleshing it out so to speak, making it kind of bony looking.
Because there's not much there to tell you the truth, muscles are pretty
much gone past the wrist.
All right, ellipses has are very important here as I get
Take a look at the hoof to say what's the hoof look like in
the side, what's it look like from the front. In this case the
three quarter back. So it's more flat across the back, rounded on
Alright drawing through, right through to the other side,
cylinder ball shape for the wrist, cylinder for the
Ball shape the pastern.
Cylinder for the lead into the hoof
elliptical shape for the hoof.
That's the raw ingredients right there.
This is, you know, a little more anatomical so that just means I
flush it out a little bit more.
Okay coming down, want to see where that bone ends. Maybe
make it a little bit bigger so it's closer to us. And then
there you go, cylinder going forward, elliptical shape for
the hoof and the back.
And then down and complete it.
Legs got to line up so you got to make sure the alignment's
The back hoof and the front and the leg in front of it need to
be in, you know,
alignment for the most part, not sliding around too much.
Okay, so that tail, I purposely kind of lifted it a
little bit so it didn't get in the way of the leg I
was drawing but that is flowing from the sacrum.
Not pin the tail on the donkey, not just like popping it on.
You have the pelvis and then you pop a tail on it, you got to
think about it flowing from the sacrum, which means it's
flowing all the way from the front of the spine, which is
the neck. So it comes all the way down.
One big piece.
All right. Let's do a little tone to define these planes a
little bit, just shade it a few things in, always gives us some
solid volume. Modeling of the form. Okay, box. Now you learn
how to do this, you can light stuff, you can paint it easier.
All right then so,
this is like the fun part. So you've drawn it, you've got most
of it going and then you start going in there with some
tone. All of a sudden starts looking like something but I'm
keeping this very constructive. So it's meant to be very
I'm going to pop in a few bones. Just you know, why not?
So here's the scapula. It's on the side of that shape. There
is the head of the humerus down into the humerus itself. It's still on
the side but it's leading us into the triceps.
Okay. Now there's a challenge right there to draw
the ribs from the three quarterback back view. Not so much though if
break it down to a shape like that. But if you're at the
museum drawing the ribs on an animal that's
challenging, but that's what's happening. So the rib cage
opens up like that, you want to know that.
So yeah, sometimes I go back in and put the skeleton in but
remember that the basis was there in the beginning. The
lay in was the skeleton.
I'm just drawing some more individual bones to show you
guys where these landmarks are and what, you know, learn to see
the skeleton in the moving subject, very important.
here we have
the, somewhat refined now,
horse, three quarter back view construction drawing
and now this horse can be
you know, drawn in this position and
you could even make it go further, make it walk, make it
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