As I mentioned in the previous post, I am reading my new American Artist Drawing magazine. I haven't had this subscription in some time and yes, I am hooked once again.
There is a plethora of information that I can use in my Figure Drawing I class starting next week for the Fall semester.
Two articles immediately catch my attention: "A Many-Sided Approach to The Figure," and "How to Find Form."
The first one gives 10 Directives on Proportion
1-Linear Extension: They are the key lines that can not only be seen but also extend and pass into other regions of the design.
2- Fixed & Variable Coordinates: Fix certain spots at the beginning of the drawing process so your figure wont' become distorted and not fit on the page.
3-Environment: Anything that surrounds the model.
4-Notional Space: The imagined rectangle that encloses the model.
5-Draw First, Measure Second: Use measuring marks only to support your drawing, draw naturally and trust your instincts.
6-Halfway Mark: Don't just concentrate on one proportional part of the body. If you have to take a measurement its is better to end up with two half pieces than many.
7-Plumb Line: Use plumb lines strategically with other tools. Horizontal and vertical lines can help with accuracy,
8-2 Point Measurement: It is the length between two points, as a standard against which to measure other parts of the figure.
9-3 Point Measurement: Identifies major and minor points and compares triangles and angles against one another.
10-Major Anatomical Landmarks: Use anatomical knowledge with all the other tools in helping you recognize how the body positions itself in space.
HELPFUL TIP: I know drawing the human form and making it look like a real person can be overwhelming. I find it not so intimidating if I just practice on one part of the body first and apply these principles. Using your own body is a great model and it won't bother anyone else if the drawings look a little awkward at first.
Until Next Time.