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Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:31 pm
by em...

I just finished reading the book "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, after Phil and Rick Cortes recommended it. I always meant to before, but just never got round to it.

I have to admit that I was a little surprised at how different it is to any movie or TV version.

I actually did this about a month before I read the book, but (with a few minor misgivings) I still think it's a pretty faithful representation. I'm glad I gave him the hunting knife, 'cause it turns out that's pretty important to the story - lucky fluke, I just saw it in a J Allen St John illustration, and kind of liked it.


The left foot is a tad wonky. :?

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:35 pm
by bigg
i really like the facial expression. i think the foot would be fine if it were pointing more outward. nice one em.


Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:25 pm
by em...
Thanks. the angle of the foot is deliberate - I kind of wanted it to look as if he'd shifted position slightly. Maybe it didn't work :?

The toes are all wrong, though - I'm not much cop at drawing bare feet.

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:46 pm
by bannister
I like the look, the facial expression and the work on the muscles. But I agree with bigg about the feet, wich distort the leg.

But where does he put his knife back when he isn't using it ?:roll:

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:56 pm
by Biocreep
wow! really nice!

i agree with the foot crit, i like it turned in but that would change how the leg is situated also

post more!

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:49 pm
by sideache
I'm not so sure I agree with the comments about turning the foot out. It seems that he would have better balance with it turned in ever so slightly. He would have a better grip on the branch that way. Though I do agree that the relationship with the lower leg and the foot need to be adjusted. Good work

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:28 am
by Kazu
I agree. The position's fine. It's just a scale issue... the lower leg needs to be bigger, or it needs clearer foreshortening. As it is, it looks too short in relation to the foot.

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:26 am
by scout
hey em,
i really like the pic. about the foot- i think it might be the lack of an ankle that's causing the trouble. i can see that you intended for one, but it needs to be more pronounced, i think. i run into the same trouble with my own drawings. In this angle i think the heel would be slightly visible behind the ankle, in which case the "big toe" should be at a little of a different angle. That's about it from my point of view. The expression is great!

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:10 am
by Nick
On the technical side I can't add anything to whats been said. Except to say foreshortening can be an ARSE, the number of times I almost gone crazy dealing with foreshortening issues is countless.

I love his expression, the eyes are so piercing, his face keeps pulling me back in to that area of the page. Nice work.

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:58 pm
by em...
Thanks to all for the comments.

Kazu's right - the foreleg is too short. Probably what happens when you hang around with apes :D

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 5:39 pm
by Phil
Excellent--and the foreleg doesn't look too short to me. It's just that his heel is too high up. Erase that bit of heel sticking out, and it'll look good.

Great definition on the muscles--and perfect facial expression! :)

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:43 am
by em...
You may be right about that heel, Phil. Cheers