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Foreshortening Practice by Bambs79 Foreshortening Practice by Bambs79
I feel that foreshortening is one of the weaker aspects of my comic drawing, which is a bit of a bummer when you consider that the best comic illustration is that which involves well executed foreshortening. Therefore I figured a bit of practice was in order. The above sketches are all taken from reference - the next step is seeing if I can commit it to memory and learn how to draw foreshortened anatomy off the cuff!
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive!
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Jjaga Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Thanks for the study!
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BenTheFighter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great reference! :D
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Stell-a Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome ... i really needed this 
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JaimeArjona Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Did you learn hand drawing from some author or practicing? they look great
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the kind compliment. Most of it is self taught - though I highly recommend looking at Ryan Ottley's (The artist who draws Invincible for image comics) artwork, he's awesome at anatomy. He's my biggest influence. Also check out Ed McGuiness. :w00t:
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asoothingwind Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much! this is awesome and helpful
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superjabba425 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you make reference for male figures in different action poses? If it's just okay :) Cheers!
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Dartyus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I feel your pain.
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Tohmo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, this is very helpful, yet again! :lol:
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, glad to be of help! Thanks for comment, sorry my reply is late!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah...foreshortening seems scary to me lol
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I hear ya, sometimes I can get it right off the bat and others I'll spend a couple of hours trying to nail a pose! :lol:
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Kontemplating Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this shall be helpful!!
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad to be of help! Cheers! :w00t:
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rg116 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Artist
Nice guide to foreshortening.
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LuckyMcklane Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
FAVE'd....fantastic, but you may have already gathered that! Thanks for drawing this....
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Nightris Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Artist
Way to go :3
practice makes perfect ;3
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks - yeah, I spend a lot of time finding pics with lots of foreshortening to copy - still can't do it right off the bat though, I'm still having to use reference. :w00t: Like you say, practice makes perfect. ;)
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Nightris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Artist
I'm in your exact same situation lol. I want my pictues to have more depth and what not so I'm trying to get foreshortening down. I sort of just started picking it up seeing how I've known it but never really applied it.
Good luck to ya ;3
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PoisonIvy-7 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! I just needed to see this kind of drawings! Thank you :-)
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for your kind comment! :w00t: Hope the tutorials are useful. I like your owl, very good. :clap:
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PoisonIvy-7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for such a long time of silence but I didn't logged in anymore since.
Your tutorial are so much useful, I especially like the studies on arms and hands. I have so much to learn from you. Thank you very much.
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Dawx22 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
ahh yeah totally agree with you man all of my drawings are references either from books or google lol
but i think if i keep using reference and remember the shapes and anatomy i will get better with time
but i really thank you for time thanks
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Dawx22 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
do these all come from imagnation? and any tips
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a few come from imagination, most of the time I use reference pictures, which I really recommend! Some people say it's cheating which I think is a load of crap. I never heard anybody criticise Monet or Van Gogh for painting from reference! ;P So long as you're not tracing or ripping off anyone else's work, then using reference is cool!

Foreshortening is a bastard to get right so I definitely suggest using reference pictures. What I've done is build up a sketchbook of different poses, body parts etc which I can use if I get stuck. Also, just draw all the time. The best way to get better at anatomy and foreshortening is just draw, draw and draw some more until it becomes ingrained in the memory. Being good at something is just being very familiar with that thing, so by drawing all the time, you're just becoming more familiar with your art.

All the best with your artwork! Like your Wolverine pic! :w00t:
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Rensing Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work you did here, and extremely helpful. Thanks! c:
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, I'm a real fan of your sketches. They're very lively and yet still casual. Foreshortening is a bitch... but it looks like you're great at it! :)
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks, you're very kind. Yeah, foreshortening is tough, especially when it's really extreme and say, a fist, is obscuring all the arm and the shoulder, it's hard to make it not look weird when you can't see the rest of the arm behind it. I figure it's best to get lots of photo reference and learn from that. A lot of comic artists say that using reference is cheating (ok, so how did they learn how to foreshorten?) but I use a combination of photos and other comic artists and try and combine the two.

:D
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Shag49931 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Foreshortening always a good thing to practice.

Good on you, working on what you see as your weak spots.

thumbs up for dedication to improving your art. :)
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student General Artist
You stay busy man. XD
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student General Artist
You stay busy man. XD
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sipowicz1993 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Wow, the one with the fist directly in front of the camera is particularly effective. It's also a good lesson in how to vary the line weight and amount of detail to complete the effect.
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey dude, sorry it's taken ages to reply to this note, been really busy! Glad you like some of the foreshortening pics, I've been struggling with it for ages so felt it deserved some practice. I keep visiting your page to see if you've put anything of your own up yet!! :D How are you getting on with the tutorials?
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garanmad Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Great stuff Rob, I dig what your doing here. I think your getting a real handle on foreshortening. These look awesome.
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Zal-Ta-TalOs Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Seriously impressive work! :D
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Lurker-Below Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
If you want to emulate the foreshortening king, I suggest you look up Jack "King" Kirby's comic books. He's always showing his superheroes bursting out of the borders of his comic pages.
Nice sketches though, but I guess you're your own worst critic. :D
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spikealex Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'll take it as a reference when drawing, good job ^^
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, if anything I can do can be of help to someone else then I'm a happy man! Cheers! :beer: :w00t:
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AngsTheWicked Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome references as usual ^^
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YukiOshi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Grazie! (...means "thanx").
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MiltonTeruel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The two best ways to get better are drawing from life (as you did here) and using very simple geometric shapes (tubes, mostly) to get a feel for lengths and foreshortening. But drawing from life is critical to help you see how the shapes changes when body parts are drawn in perspective. I guess your girlfriend will be doing lots more modeling in the future. :D
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I try drawing tubes but I can't seem to get it right. That or I expect my tubes to look like the finished item! :D Yeah, in fact, the foreshortening page is all me! However, I'm not as buff as I've made out in some of my sketches! ;) I mean my arms are pretty good but the err.. chest and belly are somewhat lacking behind the arm department! In fact, quite lacking!

I explained to my good (and ever patient) lady that I really needed some photo reference in order to get to grips with foreshortening so I asked her to take some pics of my arms in various poses. However, she was totally willing to model too, so we both had a blast messing about, pulling stupid super hero poses! The Hellboy shot in my gallery is also based on a pic of me and at some point in the future Becky will appear as Supergirl! Still, the great Alex Ross uses his friends and family for reference so I figure why not do the same! :D
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BrianThomasX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean especially foreshortening the legs and not making your figures look like dwarfs.

BTX
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Legs are my 'achilles heel' if you forgive the pun! That's probably why I've not done many in my sketchbook yet! Trying to draw the body from above and get the legs right is so difficult, I end up getting frustrated. In fact, I spent all day today doing just 1 illustration, which took so long because I couldn't get the foreshortening on the legs right!
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raMbo1911 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm i have to use this for a reference sometime
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries my friend, glad that it can be of help to people. Thanks for all the faves too dude, much appreciated as always! :beer: :w00t:
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raMbo1911 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem, i'm just soo glad i found your work :D
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