In Week 24 of the 365 Days of Art Challenge, I started working on dragon limbs. I've continued that study this week with bipedal dragons. These would be dragons that walk upright like t-rex and velociraptor dinosaurs.
|Bipedal Dragon Arm - pencil on mixed-media paper.|
|Bipedal Dragon Leg - pencil on mixed-media paper.|
This week's study was a challenge for me. I had a hard time with the arm because the shoulder is included in the sketch. As I was working on it, I kept wondering where the extra joint came from and had to keep reminding myself - it's the shoulder!! Lol! The hand seemed so large, too, until I remembered that velociraptors and t-rex have puny arms, but large hands with claws. The leg was a bit easier to sketch - I had to think about a dog's paws to draw the foot elongated with only the ball of the foot touching the ground.
|Bipedal Dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper.|
I am happy overall with the dragon. However, I don't like the way the shoulder muscle attaches - how it connects to both the puny arms and the wings. The neck also needs more work - it is rotated some, so I should have a 3/4 view of the head, instead of the side view. That's the purpose of these studies - to learn and improve!
I struggle to get the musculature and proportions correct. This year of sketching weekly is a big help! I'm drawing more consistently and am able to critique my work more honestly. I have all these thoughts and ideas, but need to continue to improve my technique to get them on paper (fabric, canvas, or whatever other medium takes my fancy for a particular project).
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