In 2013 we launched our first anatomy reference figure – the half-skin and half-écorché male – and a year later our female figure and a further six excellent reference statues. There are now nine figures available in the 3dtotal anatomy range, which is all thanks to you! We have been listening to your feedback and suggestions and can happily announce three further reference figures plus an invaluable new book.
Every one of us sees a myriad of different faces every day. The outcome of this is that we have all become experts at spotting errors and inconsistencies when artists paint or sculpt the human face. We have therefore created new male and female planar busts to help creatives portray accurate proportions and provide them with a reference they can use to generate many different character concepts or artworks for years to come.
Drawing and sculpting the human face from a photo reference or life can be tricky, particularly when you are trying to create an original concept or composition. There are so many curved and organic surfaces to consider and portray, meaning it can be easy to lose your way in your work or become frustrated. For years artists have been making this process more straightforward by working from planar references. When using a planar reference an artist can simplify what they are drawing into angular sections of shadow or light, which represent the main landmarks and volumes required to convey an accurate face.
By lighting the planar reference from different directions or holding it at a slightly different angle you can generate an endless array of lighting conditions and points of view. This would be almost impossible with a photo reference or when drawing from life. The possibilities of what you can achieve with these busts are therefore endless.
To make it even easier to identify these planes and landmarks we have cast our busts in a grey resin, which generates a useful, contrasting surface. We have also split the head into two halves: the left side features simplified planes and the right side more planes and therefore more complexity.
Key to portraying relatable characters and realistic portraits is accurately capturing the subject’s expression. The Artist’s Guide to the Anatomy of the Human Head is a comprehensive manual designed to help you understand the forms and features of the face, and how to portray the vast range of human emotion.
The book will focus on the six base emotions as outlined by eminent psychologist Paul Ekman – happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust – showing you the underlying anatomy and how muscle, tendon, skeleton, and skin come together to execute these universally recognisable expressions. From these, endless variations of the six base emotions can be developed.
Using different types of reference to demonstrate how to construct facial features, the book will be a great accompaniment to our new planar busts, as well as being useful as a standalone resource. Packed with insightful tutorials and invaluable reference images presented by leading artists from a variety of different disciplines, including 3D modelling, illustration, and concept art, the extensive knowledge shared will make this book a must-have for all artists looking to successfully portray emotions and create relatable characters.
The final addition to the 3dtotal anatomy range is the new adaptable male figure. Not only is he taller than our existing references, standing at 34cm in height (without a base), but many of the parts are changeable, including:
- two different torsos, making it possible for you to examine muscles such as the trapezius and deltoid sets when an arm is raised
- six arms in varying poses, allowing you to consider how skin wrinkles and folds at the elbow joint and learn from seeing clenched and unclenched hands
- three changeable heads, giving you the option to study from planar head, planar skull, and half-écorché and half-skin references.
These renders show the figure half way through its development. It will be completed to the high standard that we maintain across our entire anatomy reference range.
This outstanding versatile resource not only allows you to see more of the muscular detail, it also gives you the opportunity to benefit from seeing that detail in multiple poses – observe the muscle layering in the armpit, for example, or see how the biceps appear when flexed.
Whether you are looking to improve your mastery of hand poses (notoriously an area of difficulty for artists), practice foreshortening, or develop more accurate dynamic poses for your characters, the larger scale will allow you to see muscle structure and flow of the skin surface in more detail.
To see our existing range of anatomy figures click here
Due to the amount of items involved in this Kickstarter we have tried to simplify the tier options. In all tiers apart from tier 1 the book will be available as an add-on option. You will also notice that there are tiers where you can choose either a male or female planar bust. You will choose which of these you would like in the survey we send out before the items are shipped.
Stretch goal includes an A2 quarter-fold double-sided poster (design to be confirmed), male and female anatomy reference postcards with detailed muscular labels, an HB pencil, a sharpener, and an eraser. This bundle will go out with all rewards, so if we reach the goal and you've backed one of our tiers, you'll be sent one :)
Our anatomical reference figures have gathered many fans on Kickstarter so it really is the perfect place to launch more statue ideas for the ever-growing range - and allow our Kickstarter friends to tell us what they think, and get them first! We couldn't have got this far without you all, so we hope you will like these latest additions to the family.
At 3dtotal we are really familiar with the publishing process and have years of experience working with reliable printers and figure manufacturers. This means that we can confidently say we will have your tier options with you in July 2017.
Risks and challenges
We’ve planned quite a substantial bundle of resources for this campaign, but the good news is that we know a thing or two about 3D printing and resin casting, so we have no worries about our abilities when it comes to the creation of these anatomical reference figures. The same can be said of the process of creating "The Artists Guide to the Anatomy of the Human Head", as we now have much experience in book publishing.
The obvious challenges with a project like this come down to the production and shipping times, as our statues are cast by hand, which means that very high backer numbers could result in production taking a little longer than we anticipate. We are also a small team and we will be packaging all our add-on orders at our studio so, again, with very high backer numbers it may take us a little longer to package and post everything. We'll be sure to keep this to a minimum where possible though and post regular updates to keep everyone in the loop!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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