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Facial Muscles Study by AlexanderHenderson Facial Muscles Study by AlexanderHenderson
I've been going to a lot of life drawing sessions this summer, and I've been getting into the habit of doing anatomy studies out of books before each session. I've done tons of studies of the different muscles and bones in the body to try and better understand the body. I don't usually render them, but I decided to try it with this one. I also labeled some of the major muscles.

As always, criticism and critique are both welcomed and appreciated.
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lucyelva Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
Hi!I want to ask if the body anatomy is more important than skull beacuse that I want to change my major to animation?Recently,I'm learning much on this to prepare my animation study.
And your works are awesome!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, to answer your question the anatomy of the body and the anatomy of the head are both very important, and it is necessary to study both.
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lucyelva Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you for your tips!I'll work on both of them!
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WallowPowerEngage Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice to me! A question, why did you choose to label those muscles specifically? Like why name some and not others? Looks fine to me again though. Looks all angular like something I'd see in a Burne Hogarth book.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you. This wasn't made as a reference for others but is just me practicing and studying anatomy. I wasn't being too stingy about labeling, I know that there are many more smaller muscles that are not identified here. I felt that labeling everything would clutter up the picture, so I only wrote down a few of the major ones.
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Ardwick Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow that's a lot of detail. I have yet to take anatomy or life drawing, though I certainly know I should take lessons at some soon point. Clearly it looks like such lessons can lead to very useful knowledge, which you have amassed to construct this image. Well done indeed!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you, and yeah anatomy studies are incredibly helpful. If you don't have time for lessons, there's a book called "Figure Drawing: Invention and Design" that is incredibly helpful for things like this.
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astralfenrir Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very useful, and reminds me of the importance of anatomy in cartooning. I have a number of anatomy books required for my medical course at University, but haven't ever really considered using them to improve my art up until now. I definitely will now; they should almost certainly help with drawing humans, the area in which I struggle most!

I try to make my characters cartoony, and not so realistic...but I'm sure learning more about anatomy would help me improve their designs. After all, you have to know the rules first before you can break them! :)
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yeah, anatomy books can be a great resource. I have a book called Figure Drawing that applies anatomy to drawing, and it's incredibly helpful. That's great that you're teaching yourself anatomy, drawing the human form to understand anatomy and structure is one of the most best excercises for a cartoonist.
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