My art teacher said that studying anatomy from drawings isn't as good and won't teach me as much as studying anatomy from a live figure. Is my studying from drawings inferior?
Asketh - the-daffodil-courier
Your teacher is right! Your drawings aren’t so much as inferior, rather they lack a sense of depth to them, or they probably don’t show full understanding of how the figure works. I find personally that figures drawn without a live model tend to come out flat and static. With live figure studying you get a better knowledge on how the form moves and you learn to understand what you are drawing. After taking life drawing classes for awhile I’ve noticed that I can draw faster as well.
If you can, try to take a life drawing class, either in school or taught by a professional outside of class. It will be tough at first, but once you get into the swing of it you’ll really benefit!
how do you sketch different angles of the head even when their looking down or up? please help.
Asketh - Anonymous
Try looking up various references if you get stuck drawing the head at an angle. Take into consideration the placement of the ears as a guide and the jawline. This post by Bryon Cadwell has a bunch of great references he’s gathered.