The fundamental hindrance that art students face is understanding the basics of anatomy. Anatomy or figure drawing instruction is an element of most fine art and illustration programs.
A figure drawing is a drawing of the human form in any of its various shapes and postures using any of the drawing media. The term can also refer to the act of producing such a drawing. The degree of representation may be from highly detailed, anatomically correct renderings to loose and expressive sketches. A life drawing is a drawing of the human figure from observation of a live model. A figure drawing may be a composed work of art or a figure study done in preparation for a more finished work such as a painting. Figure drawing is arguably the most difficult subject an artist commonly encounters, and entire courses are dedicated to the subject. The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts, and the human figure can be the basis of portraiture, illustration, sculpture, medical illustration, and other fields.
You do not have to get the skeletons out of your closet, but you should definitely get them into your drawings. Skeletons are the basis of structure and the root of form in the body. No skeleton and no real body. Come see how the skeleton really is not that scary to draw.
Bones may be long or short, straight or curved, but it is what at the ends that matters most. How they move against each other dictates what the body can do. Whether it’s a simple hinge or ball and socket, or something a bit more complicated, it all makes simple sense once you understand it.
It is a funny bone not Humerus at all with lots of curves and twists, but in the end whether a gut bucket or propulsion platform, it is vital for the root of movement from the toes to the finger tips.
No, it is not the back. It is the tree trunk of posture and balance. How it bends, twists and turns lets the body be either as stiff as a stick man or as rubbery as contortionists. Which every way you put all 26 of these little blocks together, they make sense and more importantly, make movement.
We think of muscles as chunks of mass filling out the body. But whether a 90lb weakling or a steroid monster, the muscles are the same: like stretched balloons just waiting to be inflated by movement or steroids. It is the cables that move the bones that make for dynamic characters.
Bone, muscle, tendon & fat
The body has a lot of bumps, even the smoothest body. It can be confusing. And as it moves, so too the bumps. Come learn the difference and to know when and where to make more bumps or take them away. Learn to make sense of landmarks.