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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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95 Become the Director

It helps to look for the abstract qualities of a pose. In a real sense that is what you do when you caricature something. To abstract means to “take out”; that is, “separate or isolate.” When drawing a gesture, whatever it happens to portray, you have to, right from the beginning, decide what it is that you are going to say about it (in your drawing). When drawing from a model, for instance, you must “isolate” the important thing you need from the pose, subjugating all else to the role of support team. Ask yourself, — better yet, tell yourself — what is going on there, what is the story behind the pose? You have to separate or isolate just the vital thing that needs to be told. Isolate it so you can better portray it to ...

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