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Sketchbook: Arms Pg1 by Bambs79 Sketchbook: Arms Pg1 by Bambs79
I guess people are soon gonna start asking me, "dude, what is it with you and arms?" The thing is, arms are difficult to draw, especially well muscled arms as you've got to know where all the muscles lie and how they twist when the arm moves. Therefore my mantra at the moment is, 'draw enough of 'em and eventually you'll remember how they go!'

I don't know why but I've got this thing in my head at the moment about being too slow as an artist and I really want to speed up without the artwork suffering as a result. Therefore, in my head, I reason that if I practice enough it'll become second nature! Whether this idea works or not remains to be seen!

Oh yeah, there's a couple of legs on there too! Just for good measure.
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DirtWorship Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree 100% on this...I've also been thinking the same thing recently, which I think has a lot to do with us getting older and thinking we're running out of time or not spending enough time drawing.
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm kinda obsessive when it comes to this sort of thing because I'm also a big believer in 'use it or lose it' too. I'm often so busy that I can go weeks without getting any drawing in and when I do get back to doing some I feel that I have to retrace my steps a lot of the time. It's also tough when you watch the pros getting better and better 'cos that's what they do all the time whilst you're trying to improve in literally whatever spare moment you can find! :frustrated: ;P
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rg116 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Artist
Nice tutorial. This can help me, I have a character in my web comic that's a muscular female. Do you have anymore tutorials on muscular females.
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PoisonIvy-7 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie, molto interessante e utile :-)
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brokenglass16 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student Writer
very helpful =] thanks. :heart:
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :thanks: Hope they come in useful! :dance:

(Sorry this is a late reply btw)
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Danieltiger13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
saved for great justice...and future reference
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Thanks for all the faves buddy! :w00t:
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Germania9 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Hey, thanks for arm drawings.

Speaking of difficulty, I seem to have a problem drawing elbows when going from cylinders to fleshing out, when the arm is in bending position. When fleshing out the elbows, the elbow seems longer & larger than the intended proportion.

How do you fix that? (Besides the obvious "practise lots & lots of times" answer)
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Bambs79 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, hope they're useful.

It's difficult to answer your question without seeing an example/picture of what you mean but it sounds like the cylinders might be hampering you? The cylinder technique is ok but I find it's not totally true to the forearms, i.e, the wrists are skinnier than the upper forearm and sometimes the elbow gets pushed too far out.

I hate to say it but practice is certainly the best way. Copy from photographs and even other artists artwork, especially good comic artists. I certainly recommend checking out Ryan Ottley who pencils Invincible. His take on anatomy is awesome! His link is :iconwya:
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