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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Demonstration: Seated Male

The simple guideline of 2:1, upper body to lower body, from the end of Chapter 3 will help to quickly establish the proportions for this pose. The thigh and the lower leg are of the same length, so you can draw a square to roughly find the relationship of the upper leg to lower leg, when the leg is bent at a right angle.

The trick is to watch out for the subtle perspective at play—the model is seated at a three-quarter angle to the viewer, and most of the figure is situated below eye level.

MATERIALS

Surface

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

Charcoal Pencils

HB, 2B, 4B and white

Other Supplies

chamois cloth

kneaded eraser

paper towel

Divide to Find the Dimensions

Draw the large squares (in perspective) first, ...

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