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Shoulder Girdle Construction Notes
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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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AlivanArt's avatar
can you do one on the back muscles?
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NemoNova|Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry. I'm not doing these anymore. Started working in the games industry and my time is basically all taken up. That being said, I recommend "Strength Training Anatomy" by Delavier for hundreds of images that will explain the back muscles very well. Combine that with FORCE: Drawing Human Anatomy 
by Mike Mattesi so that you can draw with dynamism and motion.
-- You'll be in good hands. 



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twocupsofbancha|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|Professional Digital Artist
No problem. I'm happy to help :D 
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twocupsofbancha|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|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|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|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|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| Digital Artist
This is often a underrated part of human anatomy.
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NemoNova|Professional Digital Artist
Seriously. 

Hopefully this has helped to demystify the subject. 
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samuelskanvis|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These tutorials are exactly what I've been looking for, they're great!
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NemoNova|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|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's avatar
Thank you! I've never seen it explained quite as clearly as here.
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Smudge-ProofEdited |Professional Digital Artist
Extremely useful. Thanks! Drawing a back is still a daunting task to me.
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PlasticKatana's avatar
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|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's avatar
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|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooooo much... :iconcryforeverplz:
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josegoncalo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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Raevnir's avatar
I've always wanted something like this! Thank you!
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NemoNova|Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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Nayro|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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