Project 3: Exercise 3: Stance

These poses are from three different sessions and the timings and size are indicated on each drawing.  I found the guidance on where to look for the line of balance helpful and tried to keep this in mind when I was drawing.  I used my pencil to visually align the balancing points and lightly marked these on the paper.  This was easier with the 5 minute poses but I had to fall back on instinct for the very short poses.

Stance 1
Fig. 1. A3. White and black Woody pencils and white chalk on black paper. 5 minutes.

For this drawing (Fig. 1.) the arms were raised slightly and the torso twisted.  The central line runs through the ear down through the models left hip through the left leg to the floor.  Slightly counter-balanced with the model’s right leg and torso thrust.  Because of the raised arms I miscalculated the length and therefore hands and feet are off the page.

Stance 2
Fig. 2. A3. Black and white Woody pencil, white chalk and black crayon. On black paper. 5 minutes.

Fig. 2.  Again I used the relationship between the base of the ear and the hip as a centre of balance reference.  The thigh of the model’s left leg should probably be sloping more to the left but the torso and the position  of the arms show counter-balance.  The slope of the shoulders (raised right shoulder) helps to emphasise the twist.

Stance 3
Fig. 3. 11.5″ x 11.5″. Conte on white card. 4 x 30 second poses.


Fig. 3.  Different class and model.  These were very quick (30 second) poses and the model turned to a different standing pose, so I didn’t have time to carefully consider the balance points.  I still feel I have achieved a sense of balance in these quick sketches by observing the position of the legs in relation to the shoulders and hips.

Stance 4
Fig. 4. A3. Conte and pencil on white paper. 5 minutes.

Another model, another day.  Not got it right in this drawing (Fig. 4.) The base of the ear should line up with the model’s right leg but he looks as if he is tipping forward.  I struggled with the arms on this one so I didn’t pay as much attention to the balance as I should have.

Stance 5
Fig. 5. A3. Conte on white paper. 5 minutes

This model (Fig. 5.) was not the strange shape that I have drawn him.  This was a tricky pose (well for me anyway) as one leg was backwards and one forwards and the model was leaning slightly on a rail against the wall.  The centre of balance was pretty much down the centre of the body, but I have over-emphasised the size of the right leg and buttock, the left leg is too small (though it was smaller through foreshortening).  If the model is leaning on something then that is another point of balance to take account of.

Overall I found this helpful in getting to understand how to get the figure in balance and the need to establish a line of balance in a drawing when a figure is standing.

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