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I’ve been wondering why my comic book anatomy isn’t quite as good as my figure drawing anatomy? It occurred to me that, much of figure drawing is about describing a form by the way it’s surfaces turn away from light.
Drawing in charcoal pencil, I’m frequently trying to use soft gradients of tone/shadow to describe what a surface is doing.
In my comics, it’s all black and white, brush and ink. I don’t use that much hatching in my artwork. Nothing against it, it’s just not part of my current style.
But what if I practiced drawing the type of work I do in figure drawing class while using the tools I make comics with?