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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Sketchbook Exercises

Whether you’re working in your studio or in a class or even sketching the people you see in public spaces, explore ways that you can use your knowledge of proportion to capture poses quickly.

Gesture Exercise

Here’s an interesting exercise you can do with a model who is doing gestures (minute-long poses that are often dramatic or unusual). Pre-mark your paper with sets of rules that have a middle line dividing each set in half, top-to-bottom. Do your gesture drawings, making the figure the same size each time. Use the middle rule as a quick way to pinpoint where the center of the body would be if the figure were standing straight ...

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