Saturday, November 9, 2013

muscle tone

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At Make it Crafty, Zoe is having a challenge to use a "new" skin tone and to challenge ourselves, add muscle tone.
This seems to be a scary task.  I'm no muscle expert but my darling hubs is a fitness junky. As easy as it was for me to visualize how the muscles should be, transferring to paper was not so easy.
As I've chosen a darker skin tone, it became more difficult to get the results without going too dark.
So I've decided to do a step by step, so to speak, of how the tones are achieved.

Starting with the arms. One of Desiree's arms is held up by her face. Similar to the position of this lady. The woman is not actually flexing to create a sharp muscle so this is perfect example of typical muscle tone appearance on a small/medium frame

 If you look a Desiree's arm in that position, the muscle cut will appear from her armpit angling down around the "belly" rounded  part of the bicep. There will be a slight definition from the elbow area rounding out the bicep at the top arm

Desiree's arm that is down, will have a very sharp, thin definition from the shoulder muscle. I would recommend using the tip of a pencil to achieve this line. If using pencil, remember to do so after using your copics as the wax can clog the nib this image, the woman's arms are more defined than Desiree but it will give a better idea of how the muscle can appear. As does the sketch to the left the leg, the quadriceps is the prominent muscle one will see more defined. It's going to be oval or elongated from the top leg then curving in at the knee. the image on the left is a great one to demonstrate this area at the knee.

Then, you would go in adding the shadows and more subtle definitions as seen the lighter shading. if you really want to beef up your character, here's some inspiration for that :)

Here's my finished image of Desiree. I will get her carded, up and ready with a better picture soon.
I hope this has helped ease your worries a bit. 
As this was my first tutorial, I'd be thrilled if you'd leave some feedback or tips for future posts.
Thanks for stopping by.

Card added 11/12/13
Here's is my finished card
A nontraditional but totally cool Christmas Card

Colored in copics with prisma pencil. MS punch, other items from stash and my second go round with my new cutter :)  Still working on that...
Happy Holidays All
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Make it colourful - Easy Challenge and Hard Challenge
Addicted to Stamps - punches and dies
Artistic Impression - Anything goes/sentiment
Challenges 4 everybody - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything goes
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Fresh Brewed - Snow or Christmas
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  1. What a great post Dorinda! I wish you had posted this before I did mine! X

  2. Wow, Dorinda this is fantastic. I will be popping back to get help next time I try Muscle and Skin tones, I'm sure it will help immensely thank you xx

  3. Wonderful card. Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspiration's with our sentiment/anything goes challenge , hugs Tania (DT) xx

  4. Fabulous card. Love the colour and layout. Thanks for joining our challenge at Charisma
    xx Vee

  5. Stunning card, love your design and great image, thank you for playing at Crafters Cafe
    Alex x

  6. What a lovely card Dorinda, great coloring and details. Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges this month.


  7. Fab card Dorinda thanks for joining us at Craft Mojo Sue DT xx

  8. Great card! Love your coloring. Thanks for joining at Craft Mojo: Anything Goes

  9. Thanks for the tutorial! Love all of the little extras you added to make a very special card. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us for our Girly Challenge at Di's Digi Designs.

  10. Oh wow! look at you! What a great way to show how to shading. Love the images you added and the way you explained it. Wonderful tutorial and BEAUTIFUL card!

    Thank you for playing along this month at Freshly Brewed Challenges November Prize Challenge.
    Big smiles,
    Heather D.

  11. Amazing tutorial!! I love all the pictures you added and how you explained - it made it very easy to follow. :D Oh, and also... Thanks for playing along in the November Make it Colourful challenge! :D


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