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Advanced Fashion Drawing, Lifestyle Illustration by Bil Donovan

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Chapter Two

Elongating the Figure using Verticals, Horizontals, and Diagonals

The phrase “from head to toe” is appropriate in discussing the verticals, horizontals, and diagonals in the figure. In this chapter you will learn how to recognize these characteristics in the figure and how to use them to enable you to draw a graceful figure over which the eye will move easily. This is an important characteristic of lifestyle illustration, especially when drawing a figure to show clothing to best effect.

In every pose you will find a combination of verticals, horizontals, and diagonals that you can use to stylize and elongate the figure. Most lifestyle and fashion figures are stylized and elongated because this is accepted as the best way to show ...

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