Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bullish on Boxes

In my seemingly neverending attempts to lift my drawing from the realm of poor to better-than-average, I have collected a myriad of approaches and techniques from an array of talented people (Glenn Vilppu, Walt Stanchfield, Andrew Loomis, Burne Hogarth, Will Eisner, John K., etc.)

One particular approach that I see has had an immediate improvement on my drawing is the idea of picturing forms as boxes. When forms are "boxed out", it clearly establishes the angle and planes of the form. This is especially helpful for complicated angles.

So instead of my usual confusion when sketching out a pose, by using boxes, there's less guesswork and I more quickly arrive at the desired position.

Here's how Glenn Vilppu describes it.

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