Drawing the Figure

Original Post: 5/31/2010

The human figure is a complex form, combining skeletal and muscular components. By breaking the components down into simple geometrical shapes, it's easier to capture the general form. Arms and legs are cyclinders, the elbows, shoulders and knees spheres, the area between the shoulders are a triangle.

Drawing through the form helps to identify the 3-dimensionality of the body part.
The ideal figure proportion is approximately 8 heads tall. Balance, symetry, flow and movement should all be considered.

These sketches are studies derived from Robert Barrett's book "Life Drawing".