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Animal Anatomy and Dragon Update

November 25, 2010

Here’s an update on the dragonling that I keep saying is finished, until I get more good crits on it and mess around with it again. πŸ˜‰




I sat down last night to do some studies on my absolute favorite topic: anatomy! Love it love it love. I have the book Animal Painting and Anatomy, by W. Frank Calderon, so I copied some drawings from that. You know the thin strands of muscles that pop out on your neck when you pull the corners of your mouth back? Those are the only remnants of what are called “skin muscles” or “fly shakers” in humans; animals like horses and dogs have them on their necks, thorax, stomach, and shoulders. And here’s a useful tip if you’re drawing horses: the angle of the superficial flexor tendon in the hind limbs should generally be in line with the hindmost tip of the ischium. So you should be able to draw a line from the back of the butt to the back of the hock and down to the sesamoid bones!

I just want to say again that every artist should have a greyhound or two around. Along with being adorable and entertaining, they are great for learning anatomy!

I’ll have a couple life drawing sketches from Illuxcon and more Sketchbook Project pages tomorrow!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna permalink
    November 25, 2010 16:21

    Your dragonling looks great! Alot more things really pop out & the water has alot more movement.

  2. November 25, 2010 23:23

    Hey, very cool dragon! love the colors! The transperancy on the wings and the water are awesome! =D

  3. November 29, 2010 15:04

    The kingfisher colours work fantastically!

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