Muscle May

Muscle May

Muscle May
« 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:

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 - Proko drawing video
« Last Edit: May 01, 2018, 09:53 PM by otakutaylor »

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #1 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"  - proko video

Oh yeah, and if you guys have any suggestions, or requests for a particular muscle, feel free to ask!
« Last Edit: May 01, 2018, 11:05 PM by otakutaylor »

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2018, 04:32 AM »
I love this! Lemme catch up after I get this comic in!

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2018, 07:54 PM »
Alright let's get started...
Day 1: Sternocleidomastoid

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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2018, 08:09 PM »
Day 2: Triceps

Muscle 3: External Oblique  aka the bottom zippers and the love handle muscle.  -  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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2018, 08:56 PM »   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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2018, 09:38 PM »
Day 3: Obliques

Muscle 4: Tibialis Anterior aka your shins best buddy   really cool painting on the leg example of it's placement. 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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2018, 08:22 PM »
Day 4: Tibialis Anterior

Muscle 5: Trapezius  aka Traps or the muscle that eats your neck.
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.  - proko videos

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2018, 09:53 PM »
Day 5: Trapezius

Muscle 6: Gastrocnemius Aka Calves
This one's an important one for getting most of what people use for defining leg forms down.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #9 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. - Proko video

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #10 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. - proko

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2018, 11:32 PM »
Day 8: Brachioradialis

Sleepy time Tsumi~

Muscle 9: ABS! aka rectus abdominis or the cheese grater
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)

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2018, 11:38 AM »
Day 9: Rectus Abdominis

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

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #13 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
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" - drawn on leg reference

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #14 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.
Seriously there's a lot of videos on the butt.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2018, 08:22 PM »
Day 12: Gluteus Maximus

Muscle 13: Latissimus Dorsi aka Lats
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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2018, 12:12 AM »
Day 13: Latissimus Dorsi

Muscle 14: Deltoid aka Shoulder Muscles
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.

« Last Edit: May 14, 2018, 08:52 AM by otakutaylor »

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2018, 02:41 AM »
These are fucking amazing ???

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #18 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?"

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #19 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.
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)

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2018, 08:17 PM »
Day 16: Tongue

Muscle 17: Extensor Digitorum  aka  the high five 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.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2018, 10:01 PM »
Day 17: Extensor Digitorum

Muscle 18: Vastus Lateralis

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #22 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.
So close to the bicep, but not quite yet.

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2018, 09:28 PM »
Day 19: coracobrachialis

Muscle 20: Infraspinatus  aka the shoulder blade muscle

Re: Muscle May
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2018, 08:50 PM »
Day 20: Infraspinatus

Muscle 21: Pectoralis major  aka Man Boobs or Muscle Pillows
We're finally here! Beat your chest and flex those pecs!


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