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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Demonstration: Standing Male

At first glance, a standing pose such as the one pictured here may seem the easiest to draw, as there’s little foreshortening to deal with. However, with the figure presented in one relatively stretched out length, there aren’t a lot of interesting negative spaces to help divide the figure vertically or to help us find its proper width.

Use your knowledge of how to divide the upper and lower brackets to find the major proportions, and remember that the folded arms form a square to help you with that area.

MATERIALS

Surface

gray Canson Mi-Teintes 98-lb. (160gsm)

Charcoal Pencils

HB, 2B, 4B and white

Other Supplies

chamois cloth

kneaded eraser

paper towel

Proportional Challenges

At first glance, a standing pose may ...

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