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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Demonstration: Compact Male

When drawing a compact figure many of the body parts are already laid next to each other or on top of each other, making for easy comparison. To keep the figure in your drawing from looking like a big blob of flesh, carefully separate each body part for the viewer. In addition to exploiting anatomical landmarks, try to represent each limb with a definitive length, width and depth.

MATERIALS

Surface

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

Conté Pencils

HB, 2B

Other Supplies

chamois cloth, paper towel or rag

kneaded eraser

Uniform Limbs

A figure drawn in a compact pose may still have one or more stray limbs extended. ...

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