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Monday, 4 October 2010

Feet Studies

Here are some studies i have done to help me understand how the foot works and looks from different angles. I have always had trouble drawing feet but i think that this sketches have help me improve skill whiles.



I decided to look at the anatomy of the foot by looking at the bones within the foot as well as the muscles to help me understand how the foot works.

After looking at the foot i decided to do a couple of quick thumbnail sketches of how the feet on my hybrid would look like and this is what i come up with. Even though this where quick sketches there are a couple of ideas that i like and would use in design my hybrid.


  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Sasha,

    Lots to commend here. I like your conscientiousness; it’s clear you feel a bit vulnerable and self-conscious when it comes to drawing the human body, and yet your drawings make it clear that your confidences are growing. Great to see those anatomical cross-sections too, because, put simply, one of the key learning outcomes of this unit is a better understanding of the human body from the ‘inside out’. Nice film reviews – but some style tips; while it’s good to introduce the sources of your quotes, you don’t need to keep restating that it’s you investigating the film; for instance, you write ‘When looking into this film I found this quote by Brandt Sponseller…’. We know it’s you, and we know you’re ‘looking into the film’ (it is, after all, a review you’ve written!), so just cut to the chase. Similarly redundant is the much-abused phrase ‘In my opinion’… It makes for a much more confident, more literary read.

  2. Regarding your actual hybrid design – it seems that, while you’re generating some nicely observed drawings of both iguanas and your own body, when it comes to putting them together, you’re falling back on a rather conventional vision; basically – a big, human-sized iguana. Much of my feedback for other students has concentrated on the same issue; if you’d ‘really’ been spliced with an iguana following a teleportation disaster (!), then you’d be a new organism entirely – something the world hadn’t seen. For this reason, I’ve been pushing students to think much more logically (much more anatomically) about themselves. You need to start working up your drawings from skull outwards; remember this is a self-portrait too; so draw your face as accurately as possible, and then, scan it in, and begin to graft your knowledge of the iguana skull onto it; move the position of the eyes, for instance, distort the jaw; work slowly, gradually – try and ‘grow’ your drawings on. It may be that your final hybrid looks nothing like my mental image of iguana because the logic of the fusion you’ve identified means it’s moved in a different, more surprising direction. That said, one of the things I do like about those initial iguana/sasha drawings is the slight sense of melancholy you’ve accomplished. It does look rather sorry for itself, sitting there all alone! Maybe this melancholy is something you should develop further. You need to be more bold, more brave and more genuinely curious to see what you’ve turned into.

    No essay question posted, Sasha? Take a look at the guidelines re. essay writing, take another look at the brief and put together a proposal asap. If you’re putting off the assignment – don’t.

  3. Visit 2nd year Leo Tsang’s unit 1 blog from last year for an example of what a great ‘creative development’ blog can look like; the brief was a little different then, but the expectation of what a student can produce in 5 weeks was not. Take the time to work backwards through his posts. This is what a creative project at degree level looks like…

    A general reminder that, alongside everything else you need to have ready for crit day, you also need to submit an offline archive of your creative development blog. There is a way of exporting your blog as PDF via Blogger – which would be ideal for this purpose. Incase you missed the original post, Alan gives details here:

    And finally – now is the time to return to the brief; time and again, students fail to submit what they’ve been asked to produce – and how; usually because they haven’t looked properly at the brief, or haven’t done so since week one. Trust me on this; just take a few minutes with a highlighter pen to identify what is required, when, and how. Remember – non-submissions are dumb!