All the parts of the body combine to show movement of the figure. Our jointed skeleton and muscles allow us to bend and stretch into many different positions. To create drawings with realistic poses, it helps to study how a body looks and changes when stretched or flexed, as well as when sitting or standing. Begin by drawing the line of action (a line to indicate the curve and movement of the body) or “gesture” first; then build the forms of the figure around it.


EXTENDING AND CONTRACTING The spine is flexible and allows us to bend many ways while stretching and contracting our limbs. These three poses show how the shape of the ...

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