As most of you probably know by now, Muddy Colors produces a new art-instruction video for our Patreon subscribers every month, which eventually makes it’s way to our store. You may have noticed that we haven’t offered a new video for sale since late 2018. That’s because for the past 6 months, we’ve been working really hard on a brand new, and extremely comprehensive video series from Ron Lemen, called ‘Constructing the Human Figure, from Life, Reference & Imagination’.
With a runtime of more than 11 hours, this is a definitive course on artistic anatomy. In this 5 volume series, Ron Lemen will walk you through absolutely everything an artist needs to know about how to construct the human figure. Ron goes over the skeleton, the muscles, posing the figure, rendering forms, lighting and designing your figure… bone by bone, muscle by muscle, literally from head to toe!
Constructing the Human Figure, Volume 1 : Basic Structure
In Volume 1 of this 5 volume set, Ron Lemen explores the human skeletal structure, and shows you how to create an abbreviated armature which will quickly help you lay a fast and believable foundation to further build the human figure from. (1080p ; 1 hour, 50 minutes)
Constructing the Human Figure, Volume 2 : The Muscles of the Body
In Volume 2 of this 5 volume set, Ron Lemen builds upon the skeletal structure seen in the previous video, and shows you how to attach muscles to this framework. Ron painstakingly details every muscle an artist would need to know in the human body, literally from head to toe! (1080p ; 2 hours, 25 minutes)
Constructing the Human Figure, Volume 3 : Posing the Figure
In Volume 3 of this 5 volume set, Ron Lemen takes the information we learned in the first 2 videos, and shows you how to pose the figure in a believable manner. Ron explains how the muscles actually move, how to foreshorten the muscles while maintaining their sense of form, and how you can use all this information to add a greater sense of drama and a life to your figures. (1080p ; 2 hours, 3 minutes)
Constructing the Human Figure, Volume 4 : Rendering the Figure
In Volume 4 of this 5 volume set, Ron Lemen shows us how to take all the information from the previous 3 volumes, and culminate it all into a believable, and beautifully rendered figured. Ron discusses the way light affects the appearance of form, how the underlying forms affect the surface, and showcases techniques for rendering supple, life-like skin. (1080p ; 2 hours, 33 minutes)
Constructing the Human Figure, Volume 5 : Designing the Armature
In the final volume of this 5 volume set, Ron Lemen goes beyond the “facts” of human anatomy, and instead discusses the thought process behind “designing” a dynamic figure. Ron covers topics such as perspective issues, how to think of the human form as a real object in 3D space, how light falls across those forms, and how to treat shadows as not just an outcome of the lighting, but as a design element to be embraced. These lessons are applicable to every phase of a good drawing, and as such, this volume can be watched in any sequence in the series. (1080p ; 2 hours, 25 minutes)
Constructing the Human Figure, Complete 5 Volume Set
Finally, for the dedicated student, we highly recommend you consider getting the entire set. We are pleased to offer special pricing on the complete course. If you purchase all 5 volumes, you will receive 25% off the retail price! This unbelievably comprehensive, yet practical, 5 volume set is the anatomy course you’ve always dreamed about! (1080p ; 11 hours + )
Curious what these videos are actually all about? Check out this sample chapter below… totally free!