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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Demonstration: Standing Female

This pose offers a strong stance with lots of interesting negative spaces. Use the spaces to find the position of the staff, which has no natural law of proportion attached to it. Keep in mind that the model’s bent left arm is in a vertical plane on a 45° angle to the viewer.

Because her legs are spread, her center point (top to bottom) will be closer to the ground than if her legs were together. Compensate for that when you find the vertical subdivisions of the upper and lower body.

MATERIALS

Surface

light blue Canson Mi-Teintes 98-lb. (160gsm)

Charcoal Pencils

HB, 2B and 4B

Other Supplies

chamois cloth

kneaded eraser

paper towel

Dynamic Stance

This dynamic stance presents strong abstract shapes to work with. ...

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