It's back to school for me. I'm excited to announce that I am teaching a course in Animal & Creature Drawing at Laguna College of Art + Design. I started class about two weeks ago and let me say, It's been an extreme refreshment in animal anatomy.
Nothing like teaching to really make you learn like crazy. We've been visiting a lot of different anatomical studies lately, starting with the horse. I think if there's any animal every artist, illustrator or designer should learn to draw, it's the horse. Everyone I know has had to draw one at least once, for something. They are a huge part of human history and civilization. I've been breaking down the skeleton and muscle systems these last couple weeks and it's been eye-opening to say the least.
It's always amazing how similar vertebrates are to each other. Comparing human anatomy is a natural way to help understand the different systems and how they work and are put together. It's fascinating how these seemingly complex systems can actually be pretty simple once you break it down. Completing these anatomy diagrams have been huge for me.
For as much as I draw animals and creatures everyday, nothing beats practicing the basics. I'm finding that I understand how things are put together better the more I draw these diagrams and study where things connect. It's been fun and enlightening and I am very much looking forward to learning right along side my students this semester.