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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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29 Dividing the Body Into Units

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One way to keep continuity of parts in your sketches is to divide the body into two or three units. While sketching in unit #1 see unit #2 clearly in your peripheral vision and even, in a lesser degree the third unit. Then while sketching unit #2, keep the third unit clearly in mind plus the unit you have just sketched in. The idea is that the whole pose must be kept constantly in mind — no going off and drawing a head or an arm as something separate, but rather as parts of a whole. The relationship of the shoulders, elbows, hands, etc., and especially the foot on which the weight of the body is on, must be “mapped” ...

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