87 Learn to Cheat

No, I am not trying to lead you astray. “Cheating” in drawing is a term used when some part of the figure is adjusted to help make the pose read more clearly. One of the most obvious places to introduce a cheat is in establishing a good silhouette. First, let’s look at a drawing with a fairly good silhouette.


This drawing of Dawson clearly defines his hat, nose, mustache, mouth, hand, coattail, legs, etc. The stance, mood, and personality are unmistakable. Incidentally, the third dimensional elements in the drawing work equally well in making it a readable drawing.

If the drawing had not been so successful, “cheating” a little ...

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