The second week's exercise was a bit more concentrated on anatomy proper. The models that Christian provided were anatomically correct but it was in very simplified forms. We were given basic information about the muscle groups and their movements. The models were meant to be very simple and easy to understand but this was the first time I really understood what a muscle is supposed to do. You can't simply make a muscle with whatever you want! It has to follow design principles and make sense when you look at the whole body. If you want to make a fake tear in a shirt, all you need to do is make a single slit and you've got a tear. But if you want to make a natural looking tear, you need to design it in such a way that it's creates continuity within the whole garment. Even a small piece of clothing can have a big effect on the whole and you need to design it accordingly and make sure your detail is on point. That's why working with detail is important. If you're not sure about details, you should always practice making things look realistic and fake at the same time. You need to know how it's supposed to look and make sure that it's properly proportioned and fits the surrounding area. If you understand the design principles of the head, you can apply them to the torso, legs, and even the whole body. But you can also apply them in reverse and make things that don't belong to your body look natural. For example, if you make a knee that's too bent, it won't look right. You need to make sure that it's shaped properly so that it fits the surrounding area and that it all makes sense. If you make a false joint that doesn't look like it belongs with the rest of the body, it won't look right and it will look fake. You need to make sure that it has all the right proportions and all the right parts. There are a lot of parts and joints that are just there for looks. We don't really need them so you can always make them smaller and make them look even more fake.
- The Upper Body 2: This week we were studying the arms and hands. We did some quick exercises to get started and then reviewed muscle groups, anatomy and anatomy shape language. We also studied the shoulders, upper and lower back, and the pelvic girdle. We also talked about the feet and hands, because those are some of the most challenging to sculpt.
- The Upper Body 3: This week was mostly about upper body sculpting. We studied the rib cage, shoulders, upper and lower back, pelvic girdle, hip bones, and some other bony structures. We also reviewed muscle and bone anatomy and shape language. Sculpting exercises were also introduced.
Quick Recap:- The Upper Body 1: Initial exercises and tools. The Objective of this course was to get the student comfortable with basic anatomy and to build up his or her understanding of the upper body. We covered musculature, bone and form at the same time. We also learned how to modify muscles to achieve desired results and did some exercises to get everyone in the right mood to sculpt. 827ec27edc