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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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Chapter SevenSTAGING

For a visual artist, choosing how to depict an event—what parts are emphasized and what are downplayed, the angle the scene is depicted from, how close the viewer is brought to the action—is done through staging. If there are enough clues through the interplay of body language, setting, costumes, props and even artistic style, the viewer will understand the story and the meaning behind it.

The relationships we have with the people around us tell us about who we are and help define our roles in life. How each individual goes about fulfilling that role is unique to his or her personality. Two people in the exact same situation will act differently; this says something about who they are.

We can tell a lot about someone’s ...

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