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Shoulder Girdle Construction Notes by NemoNova Shoulder Girdle Construction Notes by NemoNova
This is the most asked for tutorial I've ever had and I hope it is helpful. I made it as clear as I could.

The shoulder girdle has a huge range of motion and carries a lot of character. This is where shrugging happens, reaching back, reaching out etc... It all starts from the apex of the sternum, and your shoulders rotate/orbit around it.  
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twocupsofbancha Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! When it comes to anatomy, connecting everything together in a way that makes sense is still one of the biggest challenges for me, so this is really handy!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. I'm happy to help :D 
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twocupsofbancha Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! When it comes to anatomy, connecting everything together in a way that makes sense is still one of the biggest challenges for me, so this is really handy!
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tcarroll12 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question! This tutorial is wonderful. I was wondering if you could tell me, in this picture here vishstudio.deviantart.com/art/… whether that band that comes from his side around to the lower part of the trapezius, is it a part of the latissimus dorsi or is it part of the infraspinatus/terres group? :| 
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Most externally it's part of the Latissimus Dorsi.

What's important to remember is that the Lats lay over the bottom portion of the scapula, which means that the lower parts of the teres major and minor, infraspinatus and even Rhomboid are covered by this top-most part of the lat as well.

That is a lot of moving and flexing parts which, under extreme stress, can really extrude this part of the back. That + protein shakes and heavy lifting make for a high definition band-like look here. 

Notice how in this link:Atomic number 22 by vishstudio  that band-like top portion of the lats disappear. The arms are at rest and so they are inactive.   

 
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tcarroll12 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Roger. So in this picture, on the model's left side, that bump to the lower left of the trapezius is that teres-infra triad? 
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yup. To the lower left of the trapezius, and lower right of the deltoid, above the lats and sitting on the left scapula :)
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AliceSacco Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Digital Artist
This is often a underrated part of human anatomy.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously. 

Hopefully this has helped to demystify the subject. 
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samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These tutorials are exactly what I've been looking for, they're great!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
THank you very much. I'm taking requests for future tutorials. Anything in particular you would like to see?
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samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! All of these tutorials have been a rare case of 'I've found Exactly what I was looking for'! 

The part of the body I personally have most trouble with is the Core-to-Leg connections, so I'd like to see a section based around the top half of the legs and the core together, if that makes sense? :D
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Thank you! I've never seen it explained quite as clearly as here.
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Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Edited Apr 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Extremely useful. Thanks! Drawing a back is still a daunting task to me.
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PlasticKatana Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you thank you! I've been looking for shoulder guides and most of them either don't bother explaining the musculature/skeleton underneath, or get too intricate with it and make my head spin. =P
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, if the info isn't both accessible and informative, then it's useless. I'm happy I could help.

Happy drawing :)
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kmink Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Great tutorial! I was confused about how the muscles attach to the scapula but your clear explanations and pictures have really helped! 
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Crysenley Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooooo much... :iconcryforeverplz:
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Raevnir Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
I've always wanted something like this! Thank you!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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Nayro Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeeeeeeees... You've no idea how grateful I am for that overhead view, I was hoping you'd include it.
PS: Are you still taking suggestions? I have a (probably) tricky one in mind.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sure. No one's asked for anything yet. What can I do for you?  

--I was thinking I could detail the rowing back motion and pressing forward motion. That's big for sports and superheroes, but it can wait.  
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Nayro Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That'd be really handy. There's always Burne Hogarth and his Dynamic Anatomy for those kind of things but your tutorials are easier to use as a cheat sheet (which is why I love them so much) =P Whenever you feel like making one, then.

Er, well, if you ever do forearm pronation/supination (assuming you will, seeing as it's a widely covered topic already), how about including elbows, elbow crease and whatever muscles surround them (in bent position especially, in different angles e.g. outward, front etc.)? This is a good tutorial example, and alas the only simple one that I know of that shows the elbow area itself. I'm talking forearm/elbow muscles that are actually visible - on athletes, fighters, superheroes and such. I personally reference vishstudio's photos but it'd be nice to have some simple ish anatomy breakdown so I can actually understand what the heck is going on in there :stare:

I can't really think of anything else to suggest so I'll be out of your hair now :P
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OchreJelly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Digital Artist
I don't know why it never really occurred to me before, but scapulae are a bit like someone cut a set of pauldrons in half on a set of armor (that may not be entirely accurate but it helps me visualize it better.)

Anyway, very useful and well presented tutorial. Thanks. :)
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, any fender-like shape will do just as long as it reaches over and covers the end of the clavicle. If you run your finger along your collarbone toward your shoulder, it'll slide up to that acromion bump: it's your shoulder blade saying hello, hahaha. 
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kamireru Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good and usefull. Especially posses with arms in several ways. These are not always present even in anatomy textbooks ;-)
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I realized that. I took a cue from my animation classes and realized that drawing a few pics in sequence will really get the point across. 
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Brainf-Art Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, all your tutorials are really helpful and greatly drawn :D Thanks !
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's an honor that anyone even reads these things.

-->I Thank you back. 
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Flaming-Lambo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice and very useful!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope it's as clear as I hoped it would be. 
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Flaming-Lambo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Clear enough as fr as the joint itself, but the muscles in that area are surprisingly complex too, especially from the back. Perhaps in the future you could do something similar to this but detail how the muscles fit in, stretch and move as well.
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Ineia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is quite helpful!  Thank you!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no problem. It was my pleasure :)
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nitSwitch Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is perfect! 
I've been looking forever for a tutorial that covers shoulders like this!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks. A few people were asking for it so I worked as fast as I could, minus employment and life obstacles, to finish. 
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tdCaldwell Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Suddenly everything makes sense! I never even bothered to think how the collarbone would factor into this. Thank you so much! 
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it was my pleasure :). Oh yeah, the collarbone is always moving with your shoulders. I don't think there is anyway around it without a dislocated shoulder getting involved.  
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tdCaldwell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've drawn nothing but people with dislocated shoulders. I must now go apologize to everyone I've ever drawn.
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Nesmeri Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yey! I was among people requesting this one... Thank You Hearts Sign  A lot! I'm your new biggest fan! The FanGirl Emote. 
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks, Nesmeri. Btw, I love the makeup u've got on for your profile pic. I know it's a face, but who is the character? 
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Nesmeri Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I don't think it was a character, though. :D My roommate just wanted to practice facepainting and get more stuff for her blog. :D
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Kopitu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
thank you for this!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no problem. I hope it's helpful. 
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