I've studied anatomy too, but I think it was a deliberate style choice on his part to make the anatomy that way since Popeye is a cartoon character. The rules of realistic anatomy get a bit grey when you mix them with a cartoon style, so I think it's open to interpretation. I agree about the lower lip. I suppose if Popeye where real flesh & blood he would look closer to what you drew- or like Robin Williams.
I think it's a great blessing to get any help and also believe it's important to take advantage of a familiar logic, particularely when we stylize things. Good job, seanjm! GREAT JOB, Marts! I'd listen to sean, though! It will give you an edge to something that already begins to look quite good!
well... even if your choice is to exaggerate the muscles--you still need to base it on fact, on anatomy. On the real.
Making it cartoony is not an excuse to take deliberate liberties with anatomy--take my advice and you'll grow as an artist. Learn your anatomy like the back of your hand.
I'm afraid I must disagree. After all, if people didn't take liberties with anatomy Popeye, and most of animation history, wouldn't even exist. It just depends on how you do it and what your goals are as an artist. Learning anatomy is important but this isn't the 18th Century so don't get hung up on it.
You have a very good start, marts, but walking the line between stylized and realistic is tricky. I think your sculpt would benefit from either more deliberate abstraction of the form or more "correct" anatomy so there isn't any confusion as to your intent.