I am going to share a drawing tool that some of you might have seen before in but taught in a different way.
In terms of laying the human figure many people use the torso as a central grounding point for drawing the figure.
I have given examples of this with our old friend " The Rice Bag" (aka the Flour Sack in American animation) in previous previous blogs.
The Rice Bag while useful for a quick lay-in for the torso, or a cartoonish form of design, it can sometimes lose some of the clear structure underneath.
Whenever I prepare to draw I like to fill my pages with spheres and boxes to get my head in the right direction. Spheres for the organic frame of mind, boxes for a structure and a sense of perspective.
My instructor, Glenn Vilppu has a tool where he combines the Sphere and the Box for drawing the human torso.
Drawing is greatly visualization and it is very difficult to draw something if you do not understand or respect what is underneath the form.
This also helps create the illusion of a more realistic stretch or squash. As opposed to the gummy squash and stretch of the rice bag.
See in the example below how the Box and Sphere helps show greater dimension and also clearer depth and perspective.
Also with the corners of the box can be used to show the pulling of or contracting of flesh in the forms---not just on the contour but also off the surface of the form.
Please keep in mind this is only a tool to help you lay in the forms. I have not thrown away the concept of our old friend the rice bag. This is only a tool to add to your artistic toolbox.
Below are some of examples in other artists work where the combination of the sphere and box can be seen in constructing the figure.
Chris Wahl クリス・ウォール
Frank Frazetta フランク・フラゼッタ
Glenn Vilppu グレン・ビルプ
John Buscema ジョン・ビュッセマ
John La Gatta ジョン・ラ・ガッタ
Steve Huston スティーヴ・ヒューストン