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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Lower Leg Length

Sitting, running, kneeling, kicking—to draw a figure in any of these exciting positions, you must know the proper comparative distance between the top of the shinbone and the bottom of the foot. Don’t forget that the lower leg is one-half the lower bracket of the body.

The following comparisons will show additional ways to determine the lower leg’s proper dimension by rotating it in space and by comparing it with other body parts.

Lower Leg-Upper Leg Comparison, Reclining

If a figure lying on his back bends his knee, it is easy to see the equivalence between the lower and upper leg lengths. The heel and the top of the thigh bone ...

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