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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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Chapter SixBODY LANGUAGE

Drawings begin to take on a life of their own when a figure begins to act out emotions. The viewer no longer notices the lines, forms and shades that create the drawing, but instead gets involved with what the character is doing and thinking.

Because the body reacts more subconsciously, it may reveal feelings in the subject that the controlled face conceals. It becomes quite obvious what a person is thinking when, for example, the face is smiling but the arms and legs are crossed and the body is turned away from another person. This unwelcome message wouldn’t be detected by just looking at the facial expression, and it adds depth to the character and gives a sense of a story. What caused these feelings, and why are ...

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