One day, in my big dumb art college, we drew muscle groups in class. I found that to be enjoyable, and educational.
So yeah, this is basically an anatomy practice thread. Ain't that nice? After all, everybody needs to practice their anatomy. Certain people more than others.
The idea of this thread is to draw the layers underneath the skin; specifically, muscle groups and bones. This is so that we focus more on how these groups are shaped; skin and fat tends to cover up a lot of the detail of that. So, ideally, there should be about as much skin in your drawings for this thread as there is on Super Meat Boy.
Questions that may be frequently asked
Do I have to draw everything exactly the way it is? What if I don't want to exactly reproduce anatomy?
You don't have to. Stylization is allowed; after all, drawing every single muscle is a pain and complicated; the general shape of a group can be equally effective in getting the message across, and it's practice all the same. You don't even have to reproduce the same pose of a source (like I didn't in my incompetently done starter image) although I would advise always having some sort of reference (like I did in my incompetently done start image).
Can I do non-human anatomy?
Sure, why not.
Anything else doesn't really matter I think, as long as it's muscles and bones without skin.
So that's the ideal of the thread, now how about some rules?
RULES: PLEASE DON'T BREAK EM
1: Don't be a meanie face
This is a practice thread concerning something easy to fuck up; if you're going to critique, then you damn well better make sure it's a good critique because being mean spirited just makes a thread shit.
2: Pictures or advice only
Another precaution to prevent thread shitting-up. Please, please, please do not make superfluous posts all over the place. This includes bullshit like "I think I'll do this", "I will draw a picture for this thread" or "this is a good idea". I see that crap all the time on activity threads with zero followup. Show your enthusiasm to participate by participating.
3: Don't try to be cute by shitting up the thread in ways not specifically mentioned in the rules
I don't give a shit how much you dislike another user. Neither does anybody else. If somebody's breaking the rules, that doesn't let you break rule two in response. You can't call somebody an untalented shithead and then call that advice, because that's not good advice, much like you can't draw a picture of a stick figure and call that a good picture.
In short: your shitty critique is like a shitty picture, and it pisses everybody off when you do it.
I can't do anything to make you follow these rules; I just want everybody to have a good time getting better.
To start us off, I have a few links to anatomical illustrations right here, and if you want to suggest some websites or scan some books for more source material people don't have to search for, go right ahead and send it to me in a PM and I'll stick it in the news post.
Also, if any forum moderators decide that somebody's being a stupid piece of shit, I definitely don't make the rules for them, so rule 2 doesn't protect you from mod-gifted one line burns that assault your lack of intelligence.
So let's do this thing.