Meet a Drawing Challenge

Believe it or not, foreshortened poses are much easier to render than non-foreshortened poses. First, the body forms are much more compact and, second, the various contours are closer together so it’s easier to relate them to each other. The secret to success, of course, is to draw what you see, but perhaps more important, not to draw what you don’t see. Trust your own eyes. For example, you may know perfectly well that there’s a full length of leg bone between your model’s hip and knee, but if these elements appear to be side by side, it’s imperative that you draw them side by side. Once you’ve overcome your fear of foreshortened subjects, you’ll find that these poses actually make for more interesting drawings.

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