Look for the line of balance or the centre of gravity in a standing figure: it begins at the top of the skull and passes through the middle of the nose, straight down the middle of the chest cavity. With a back view, the line starts from the back of the neck on the spinal column. From a side view this line of balance starts at the back of the ear and travels down to the weight-bearing foot.
The line indicating the central axis also helps indicate where the body mass or majority of the body weight is placed. If the figure moves or if the model sits down, the weight or mass changes to a different area of the body.
Move around the model before you begin to draw to get a sense of where the figure is in its allotted space and to identify its centre of gravity and gesture. Mark the central axis in your initial sketches of the standing figure. Ask the model to change poses every two to five minutes. Draw as many quick poses as you can.
These will be useful as reference material for future work.
For sketches 1 – 7 I used a 360⸋ DVD life model from Krieger, B. (2015) Figure drawing studio: drawing and painting the nude figure from pose photos. New York: Sterling Publishing.
All sketches drawn with 8B pencil, marked with weight balance and steadying balance.
Full front view marked with 7 heads stance.
For sketches 8 and 9 I used a 360⸋ DVD life model from Chakkour, M.H. (2004) Virtual Pose 3: the ultimate visual reference series for drawing the human figure. Glouster, Mass: Hand Books Press.
For sketches 10 – 12 I used a DVD life model from Krieger, B. (2015) Figure drawing studio: drawing and painting the nude figure from pose photos. New York: Sterling Publishing.
Overall, I think I managed to capture the stances, forms,
proportions and balances of the various figures. However, there is no doubt that there are some saggy bottoms, over-large shoulders (particularly in the male figures) and mis-shaped facial expressions. Hands and feet are still a challenge – trying merely to suggest rather than detail. More practice needed.
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
12 December 2015