Art => Art Jams => Daily Drawing Challenges => Topic started by: otakutaylor on May 01, 2018, 09:43 PM

Title: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 01, 2018, 09:43 PM

Muscle May is a draw every day challenge, with a new muscle to draw every day!

Doesn't matter if you do a single sketch or a whole page of practice, whatever you want to do to work your drawing muscles, drop it in the thread.
I'll be drawing along with you, and trying to post some useful references to help each day.
You don't have to draw each day either, jump in when you want and out if you're done.
Plus, on each muscles day, at your request, you can ask for me to critique what you've drawn. I'll try to give what tips I can and/or redline your anatomy if you'd like!

Some examples of the muscle practice I've done before: https://sta.sh/21la461xb80f?edit=1

My recommendation is to spend around a half hour, and draw your selected reference 3-5 times, rather than spend all that time on one drawing. It's easy to get lost focusing on making your practice sketches look good, when we're focusing on form and accuracy. and remember, muscles are WEIRD. Often what's correct looks wrong, and what looks incorrect looks cooler. Check out contortion videos if you wanna be grossed out on the limits the human body can by pressed.

Oh, and of course, I'm not claiming to be a master of muscles here, It's just my... personal focus. ^_^ So if I make a mistake in drawing, representing, or critiquing a muscle please let me know! I'm here to get better just the same~
(yes, late start due to work today delaying my getting this all setup. so day 2 will count for both. I'll post the second as soon as I finish with the first.)

Muscle 1: Sternocleidomastoid  aka: The V Neck muscle  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sternocleidomastoid_muscle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uze2IRAc1k - Proko drawing video
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 01, 2018, 11:03 PM
Day 1: Sternocleidomastoid
Tsumi sees you, better get to drawing them muscles...

Muscle 2: Triceps Brachii   aka Triceps or "the other arm muscle" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triceps_brachii_muscle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED3lNGPF2Pg  - proko video

Oh yeah, and if you guys have any suggestions, or requests for a particular muscle, feel free to ask!
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: yarnwitch on May 02, 2018, 04:32 AM
I love this! Lemme catch up after I get this comic in!
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: MrPr1993 on May 02, 2018, 07:54 PM
Alright let's get started...
Day 1: Sternocleidomastoid
https://orig00.deviantart.net/79ed/f/2018/122/e/6/mm1_by_mrpr1993-dcahkro.png (https://orig00.deviantart.net/79ed/f/2018/122/e/6/mm1_by_mrpr1993-dcahkro.png)
Day 2: Triceps Brachii aka Triceps
Hm... the second one turned out kinda.... tricky to me? ^^; Since I read your info, I might ask for a critique about this bit.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 02, 2018, 08:09 PM
Day 2: Triceps

Muscle 3: External Oblique  aka the bottom zippers and the love handle muscle.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdominal_external_oblique_muscle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUHjijIsvgg  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWf7_MUiJCQ  -  Proko Videos

Obliques are quite a pickle sometimes, and one of the most frequently misdrawn for effect after the abs themselves. Plus they often blend together when not flexed.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 02, 2018, 08:56 PM
https://gyazo.com/a8a7c9f95c9399d4226ed9e60b57d862   fade in/out to maybe help? dunno if that's useful.

Triceps are an oddity with their horseshoe shape on the arm but an important part to remember is that their job is to straighten the arm by pulling the tendon in the middle of the horseshoe up, to pull on the connection at the elbow. It's rare they're flexed to visibility on most people outside of intentionally showing them off, but when they're being used they flex and bunch up more at the top of the arm where their mass is, leaving that indentation of the tendon visible along with the more spindly sections that trace down the side to help keep the arm from rotating at the same time. The biggest catch in your attempt is it seems like you bulked out the lower section instead on your attempt. It's also important to remember that on all but the most wrecklessly buff characters, like say yours and mine, if the tricep is flexed, the bicep is not. You'll rarely if ever see any significant bump on the bicep side. Props for including the brachioradialis and extensor carpi radialis longus, *I did have to look up the names* also called the ridge muscles, to show the twist and thickness of the forearm.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 03, 2018, 09:38 PM
Day 3: Obliques

Muscle 4: Tibialis Anterior aka your shins best buddy  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibialis_anterior_muscle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SpcOewmR5s   really cool painting on the leg example of it's placement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3FsiatmBDU This dude has huge shins!
This one is new to me, by name and focus. So we're all going in a bit blind on this one! But it's useful for learning how the shin bone "sticks out" of the muscles as it's the only real protection your shin has. Since we don't need to bend our foot "up" very often, we've got no other muscle protecting the shins. Which is why it hurts SO GOD DAMN MUCH when you hit it.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 04, 2018, 08:22 PM
Day 4: Tibialis Anterior

Muscle 5: Trapezius  aka Traps or the muscle that eats your neck.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius_muscle
Getting into one of the "fun" muscles, the trapezius is the muscle that dominates the upper back and curls around the top to give football players those MASSIVE shoulders that prevent them from moving their heads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zgsgKKxEe8  - proko videos

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 05, 2018, 09:53 PM
Day 5: Trapezius

Muscle 6: Gastrocnemius Aka Calves  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrocnemius_muscle
This one's an important one for getting most of what people use for defining leg forms down.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 06, 2018, 07:11 PM
Day 6: Gastrocnemius
Guest starring Tsumi's lil kitten, Hairball!

Muscle 7: Erector Spinae  aka that part of your back that hurts right now because we all have bad posture.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erector_spinae_muscles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAcNCLNAnyA - Proko video
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 07, 2018, 11:19 AM
Day 7: Erector Spinae
Hairball and now Drumstick know that when Tsumi's too exhausted after a workout to get up is the perfect time to demand pets.
Drumstick is just a little too excited sometimes. hehe.

Muscle 8: Brachioradialis and Extensor carpi radialis longus  aka the ridge muscle or "that bulgy thing connecting the forearm and upperarm that isn't the elbow."
These two dictate a lot of how the arm twists in drawings and adds a lot of depth when flexed. and while technically separate are usually conveyed together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPWmJj9l1_0 - proko
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 08, 2018, 11:32 PM
Day 8: Brachioradialis
Sleepy time Tsumi~

Muscle 9: ABS! aka rectus abdominis or the cheese grater  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectus_abdominis_muscle
It's about time for something fun. Void's got plenty of ab machines out there so break out your 6 packs (or 8, or 10 if you're really genetically lucky)

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 09, 2018, 11:38 AM
Day 9: Rectus Abdominis

Muscle 10: Sartorius  aka leg huggers  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sartorius_muscle
These long thin muscles on the leg wrap around the thigh, and are often useful for demonstrating rotation on an otherwise less ripped subject.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 10, 2018, 07:17 PM
Day 10: Sartorius
w/ special guest, Fawn!

Muscle 11:  Extensor Digitorum Longus and Extensor Hallicus Longus  aka upper toe muscles  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensor_hallucis_longus_muscle
Desi made it hard on us today. hehe. I just picked two, but there's a lot of little muscles in the toes, on top and bottom of your feet to flex and move your lil piggies.
We're focusing on the ones that start up in the leg, the tendons stretching across the top of the foot, and stretch the toes out when flexed. Because they're on occasion seen on very veiny feets near the "toe knuckles"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84jVgqWnAy8 - drawn on leg reference

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 11, 2018, 04:00 PM
Day 11: Extensor Digitorum Longus and Extensor Hallicus Longus
Fudge these things are crazy...

Muscle 12: Gluteus Maximus  aka Badonkadonk or the twerk muscles.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluteus_maximus_muscle
Seriously there's a lot of videos on the butt.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 12, 2018, 08:22 PM
Day 12: Gluteus Maximus

Muscle 13: Latissimus Dorsi aka Lats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latissimus_dorsi_muscle
These ones are important, dang near every depiction of "muscular" person shows off these weird back to front wrappers as they both dominate the back and give the upper torso width.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 14, 2018, 12:12 AM
Day 13: Latissimus Dorsi

Muscle 14: Deltoid aka Shoulder Muscles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deltoid_muscle
Finally we're on to the muscles that make Tsumi who she is. Those gigantically broad shoulders!
I've learned and re-learned and re-learned these muscles over and over, realizing each time there's more to the shapes than I had thought before.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: Monday on May 14, 2018, 02:41 AM
These are fucking amazing ???
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 14, 2018, 10:44 AM
Thanks Monday!~

Day 14: Deltoids

Muscle 15: Bicep Femoris  aka 1/2 of your Hamstring muscle or "we have another bicep?" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biceps_femoris_muscle

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 15, 2018, 08:55 PM
Day 15: Bicep Femoris

Muscle 16: Tongue  aka not technically the strongest muscle in your body, but we like to think it is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue
ok, so no, we're not going in depth on the tongue, it's STUPIDLY complicated to draw all the muscles inside and around the jaw. Just doing some practice on one of the most flexible muscles in the body to remember that there's a lot of little muscles in the face that while they might not get focused or really buff are useful for knowing how the face emotes.
(careful googling reference for this one, there's a lot of gross examples)


Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 16, 2018, 08:17 PM
Day 16: Tongue

Muscle 17: Extensor Digitorum  aka  the high five muscle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensor_digitorum_muscle
This guy's job is pulling the tendons in your fingers to stretch them out, much like the extensor digitorum longus does in your legs.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 17, 2018, 10:01 PM
Day 17: Extensor Digitorum

Muscle 18: Vastus Lateralis  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vastus_lateralis_muscle
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 18, 2018, 08:23 PM
Day 18: Vastus Lateralis

Muscle 19: coracobrachialis aka that weird armpit muscle when you draw a bicep flex. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coracobrachialis_muscle
So close to the bicep, but not quite yet.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 19, 2018, 09:28 PM
Day 19: coracobrachialis

Muscle 20: Infraspinatus  aka the shoulder blade muscle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infraspinatus_muscle

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 20, 2018, 08:50 PM
Day 20: Infraspinatus

Muscle 21: Pectoralis major  aka Man Boobs or Muscle Pillows  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pectoralis_major_muscle
We're finally here! Beat your chest and flex those pecs!

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 21, 2018, 08:52 PM
Day 21: Pectoralis Major

Muscle 22: Adductor Magnus  (and Longus, and Brevis) Aka the thigh gap muscles.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adductor_magnus_muscle
This collection of muscles help pull your legs together. Like when you have to pee and hold it in.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 22, 2018, 10:32 PM
Day 22: Adductor Magnus (really not sure on this one)

Muscle 23: Thenar Eminence  aka the Thumb Muscle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thenar_eminence
(and the rest of the hand probably)

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 23, 2018, 11:55 PM
Day 23: Thenar Eminence (hand muscles)

Muscle 24: FREAKING BICEPS BABY!!!!!!  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biceps 

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 24, 2018, 10:04 PM
Day 24: Biceps

Muscle 25: Brachialis aka Biceps best friend  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachialis_muscle
Arms two days in a row, because the Brachialis is an important part of what makes biceps peak.
and yes, your arms have Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, and Brachioradialis all next to each other. Because that's how you name stuff...
Just be lucky we aren't going any deeper into the Biceps, they have a long and short head, and the long head is the shorter one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO70v8F9VeQ - this dude does a great video series on workouts, but he draws the muscles on himself to show how they work. It's great for seeing where they're supposed to be and where they move when you flex.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 25, 2018, 09:50 PM
Day 25: Brachialis

Muscle 26: Serratus Anterior aka the top of the zippers  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serratus_anterior_muscle
While they technically start on the back, they're only visible on the body towards the front in the small part between the lats and the obliques where they zip together.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 26, 2018, 05:08 PM
Day 26: Serratus Anterior

Muscle 27: Tensor fasciae latae aka I had no idea there was a muscle there until gluteus maximus day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor_fasciae_latae_muscle
This little guy attaches to a important tendon that runs from your hip and the top of your butt muscle down the outside of your thighs to your knee.
very rarely significantly seen, it is the farthest "out" muscle for your hips/butt area and important for side kicks and learning how the torso and legs connect.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 27, 2018, 11:42 AM
Day 27: Tensor Fasciae latae

Muscle 28: Teres Major  aka That's not the lats bro.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teres_major_muscle

The teres major, partly situated under the lats, can both show up on it's own, or push the lats farther out. Occasionally giving the lats a "double bump" in the armpit area.

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 28, 2018, 08:38 PM
Day 28: Teres Major

Muscle 29: Soleus aka Calves underbuddy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soleus_muscle
This guy hiding under the Achilles tendon I've been inadvertently drawing without realizing it was a different muscle since Calves day.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 29, 2018, 05:01 PM
Day 29: Soleus

Muscle 30: Corrugator supercilii  aka  the Angry Muscle  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrugator_supercilii_muscle
Thanks again to Desi for the reccomendation!
This lil guy, hidden under your frontalis and obicularis muscle is responsible for pulling your eyebrows together when you're sad or pissed off.
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 30, 2018, 09:13 PM
Day 30: Corrugator Supercilii

Muscle 31: The Heart
Of course I had to be cheesy on the last day.
I spent this whole month drawing what I love, learning about it, and somehow stuck with it every single day.
This has been an amazing experience for me, and I hope somehow it helps others as much as it's helped me.
Thank you to everyone who supported me through these exercises. (mostly on discord, which is why it's not in this thread btw)
So for tomorrow, just draw what your heart tells you.
(or an actual heart, if you really want too...)

Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: otakutaylor on May 31, 2018, 10:16 PM
Day 31: Heart

And that's it!  Thank you again to everyone who cheered me on through this exercise~
This has been an incredible help to me, and something I certainly should have done earlier.
Oh, and If you ever need muscle/anatomy practice you can still drop it in the thread here! Though I'd recommend poking me on discord too, just in case. ^_^

Hopefully I'll see you all in this thread next year!
Title: Re: Muscle May
Post by: Shen on Jun 04, 2018, 02:30 PM
THESE ARE GREAT, TAY!! grats on finishing the whole month!