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Anatomy Studies

Posted in Anatomy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

Friday night at the local coffee shop finds me studying anatomy, specifically the knee. I signed up for Proko’s anatomy course. I thought I knew almost everything about the human body, but thanks to Stan Prokopenko and his site, my knowledge of anatomy is at a whole new level. I recommend his site over any of the anatomy books I’ve studied, and I have a stack of anatomy books 3 foot high.
If you don’t want to purchase his courses, Stan generously gives you about 50% of the content free of charge on Youtube.

IMG_6380 Here are some sketchbook  pages from my studies tonight. This sort of intensive study is worth it.  When you know the bones and ligaments and how they connect, you can draw the figure with confidence!


Don’t just listen to or read the lesson. Drawing through the material commits it to memory.   I enjoy studying, sketching and observing  to constantly improve.



Another good reason to study!  Imagine yourself as not having to stop and consult reference every time you draw the figure.  If you know the anatomy inside out you can speed through it, even take artistic license and break some rules!


Oops!  I misspelled  “half”!

Check out the courses available at Proko

Thanks, Stan you’re an amazing teacher!


Sketchbook: Sketching at the coffee shop.

Posted in Sketchbook with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

I sometimes hang out in the coffee shop on Cherry Street, in Tulsa.   I don’t like coffee so I usually get some iced tea and a cookie.

Here I’m messing around with  Man-Frog.  As in “The Uncanny Man-Frog” that this very blog is named after.   A digital comics sight is interested in publishing him.  I want to update him a bit, but this  look isn’t working for me.  Man-frog’s real name is Aristotle, by the way.

Here’s an idea I had, ( probably inspired by the sugar high from the chocolate chip cookie)     Get a bunch of two foot square canvases and do these pop art portraits.  Sketched out are  a Cherokee Princes,  Retro Robot and Jesus.

One more.

Coffee shops are the perfect environment for sketching.  Food, drink, music, and people to praise you for your  sketching.   Is that narcissistic?

Sketchbook: Super Villian

Posted in Sketchbook with tags , , on April 8, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

I created a super hero named Vitamin Man for a pharmaceutical company.  And super heros come with super villains.  This one is named Scourge.    He’s a  villain in this big exo-skeleton.

So I get out my sketchbook and  brainstorm as many  different approaches as I can.  Anything goes at this point.   I  start with doodles and tease them out to see what comes up.  It’s fun.

The ideas don’t have to be rendered in detail, just roughed out.   The best of the designs are sent to the client for him to pick and choose.I like to do my concept work in sketchbooks rather than on loose paper or digitally.  Sketchbooks can be carried to coffee shops, parks or restaurants, just to break the monotony of being stuck at the studio.  Plus it’s nice to have  volumes of your sketches.   I think I must have around 25 full sketchbooks, documenting my work. Thanks for letting me share them with you.

Sketch Book: Designing a retro future

Posted in Sketchbook with tags , , , on March 19, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

Design sketches….
This design work was for a story set years in the future. The blimp at the top of the page is a big luxury cruiser. The smaller one is my favorite, and that’s the character sketch for its captain.

This is a design for a rusted out tidal generator, which was in the comic book series, “The Mysterions”, which was has yet to see publication.

Sketchbook: Spaceships

Posted in Sketchbook with tags , , on March 5, 2010 by uncannymanfrog

Spaceship sketches for K’nex Toys.  These were done a few years back.  I wasn’t designing toys but spaceships for animations that Miracle Studios developed for them.