My name is Andrew Sonea, I was born June 1, 1993, and I currently live in Ottawa, Canada.  I want to be a top  illustrator, and I will be posting my art on this blog to follow my progression.

11 Responses to “About”

  1. Per Elof said

    Your doing really well here, you are developing a nice eye and a nice sense of gesture which is the essence and life in the visual plane.
    Thank you for leaving a comment in my sketchbook, I wish you the best of luck, it looks bright from what I’m seeing.

    PENR

  2. Krystal Wilford said

    Hi Andrew,

    I am also studying to be an illustrator or an animator, whichever I feel I can progress at more. I am currently attending the Art Institute in Austin, TX. I am taking a Drawing & Anatomy class in which I have a project entailing me to find a piece of work that encompasses the “pelvis”. I did a google search and found your drawing the nude male model standing against the wall. Very well done. Part of the assignment is to find a quote from the artist about “anatomy”. I can pull stuff from what you posted already, but I thought I might ask you if you have anything more to say about it. I took a look at the rest of your work and man… you are amazing!! Even more so because you are still in high school. Awesome work. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

    • Thanks so much for choosing me for your assignment–it’s a real honour! I am not sure which image in particular it was that you chose, however.

      As for quotes on anatomy, I again am not entirely sure what sort of thing you are looking for, so I will just write out a few thoughts on it.

      The study of anatomy is perhaps the most important endeavor an artist can undertake. When I first began to get serious about drawing I began with the human anatomy. I bought some books on it, and carefully read them while copying out all the drawings. It is through copying that you learn. But when studying anatomy you learn more than just anatomy. You learn how to convey an object in space, how light interacts with an object, how important it is to understand something before being able to draw it, how to observe etc. Everything you learn from studying anatomy can be applied to other areas of art; I would not be where I am today without studying anatomy. It is said that if you can draw the figure, you can draw anything–this is a very true statement. Every single illustrator or animator out there has at some point studied anatomy. The human form is ubiquitous, one of the most drawn subjects. Without a knowledge of anatomy it is impossible to draw it well. The better you know the anatomy the faster you will be able to draw the figure, the more accurately, the more solid, the more beautiful. Beyond all this it provides one more thing. Appreciation. Once you learn of the forms of the bones and the various muscles layered on top and the fascia and membranes and veins and tendons all fitting together and changing shape together and sliding over one another–you will have an appreciation like no other. You will see the beauty in all of it and how the human is an extraordinarily complex machine of perfection.

      Anyways, those are just a few of my thoughts on anatomy. I hope it is what you are looking for, and not too cheesy sounding or anything.

      If you need anything else feel free to ask!

      -Andrew

      PS: If you are not aware, I post on the forums on conceptart.org. You may find some quotes from me there as well if you look, although it will take a bit of digging probably since I have quite a number of posts.

      • Sophia said

        Really great stuff! You mentioned in the comment above that when you began drawing, you bought a bunch of anatomy books. Could you please recommend me some good books and/or resources (websites,videos,kits) that you used to help you learn anatomy? Did you do anything besides copy the drawings?

        I’m struggling with it. I tried memorizing each bone and sort of the muscles. I am aware of stuff like ecorche but haven’t really found a good resource for it. Also, I find the process of memorizing everything a bit tedious and boring. Any tips for making it fun and interesting?

        How long did it take you before you really felt comfortable with anatomy? Furthermore, when I am doing real life figure drawing, it’s really hard to tell where the bone structure, landmarks, or muscles are on a real person. Anyway, thanks in advance. You rock!

      • First off, my apologies for the delayed response…

        Thanks for the interest! There are a ton of great resources on anatomy out there–I always recommend getting more than one book, because every book will have its own strengths and weaknesses. Any and all of Bridgman’s books are very good, especially The Human Machine and Constructive Anatomy. Some people find his drawings a bit hard to understand, but he is very good at making you understand the forms of muscles and bones and their functions, so is definitely worth taking a look at to see if he works for you. If you couple that with a more scientific book such as Peck’s Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist you should be all set. Michael Hampton also recently came out with a GREAT book called Figure Drawing: Design and Invention which is very clear and has some amazing breakdowns of things. I’ve never made an ecorche before, but I would probably wait on making one until you already have a bit of a basic understanding first since it is a very daunting and difficult task (although a very useful one from what I understand). If you want to look at ecorches Rey Bustos has some really neat stuff on his site where you can rotate the ecorche to understand it in 3D better: http://www.reybustos.com/04er/er.html

        Now onto a few specific questions of yours…for approaches to learning it, definitely copy out all the diagrams. It is also very important to always read the accompanying text so you fully understand what it is that you are drawing (the text is sometimes even more useful than the diagrams!). When copying, don’t just blindly copy, but try to understand it as best you can. I find it useful to copy it out, hide the original diagram and your own drawing, grab a fresh piece of paper, and draw it again from what you remember. Afterwards you can check to see how close you were, and make note of where you made mistakes. Doing all these studies might be a bit boring at first, but I found that the more I did the more fascinated I became with anatomy and I grew a real appreciation towards the complexity and beauty of the human form. Learning everything is simply a matter of repetition (I know that Dave Rapoza would copy out EACH diagram in an anatomy book 18 times in a row to learn), so how fast you learn really comes down to how much you draw. Try to get in a couple hours a day at least.

        Finding landmarks on the live model takes a bit of practice, but after a little while becomes much easier. Firstly you must learn the major landmarks and what is most important. The best landmarks are where the bone comes to the surface at the skin. Once you know where these places are they should be easier to find. It is also important to take note of the angle of things such as the pelvis and shoulders and how their angles relate. This diagram shows where the bone reaches the surface, so take careful note of these places:
        http://fineart.sk/photo-references/figure-drawing-all-its-worth-andrew-loomis/042

        I hope some of that was helpful. If you have any more questions feel free to ask and I’ll help out the best I can.

        -Andrew

  3. Krystal Wilford said

    Amazing!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. You have been a great inspiration to me and I hope I can be as devoted as you in my work as an artist. Thank you so much for your response; that is exactlly what I was looking for. 🙂

  4. Alen said

    Great potential here. Keep it up man!

  5. Sophia said

    Wow! thanks for your reply. This will give me a lot of resources to work from. I will start out with one of the Bridgman books as you suggested and work from there. I’m excited about the Michael Hampton book also. I took a look at it and there were pretty cool simplified drawings. I also thought the link showing the diagram where bone comes to the surface of the skin was particularly helpful. Thank you for such a well thought out and helpful reply!

    Looking at your work and the amount of time you’ve spent practicing, it’s inspiring and I hope that I can get to a similar level. Cheers 🙂

  6. Dan said

    You’re in Ottawa? Do you ever hit up the Sandy Hill LD on Wednesdays?

  7. Whitney said

    Just curious…Which school do you go to at the moment?

    Love your work by the way 🙂 You’re so young and talented!

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