Pomponi Gaurico: Sculpture, 1504.
Carlant. Study with Two Figures, 2002. Burnt sienna pastel with outlines in white.
Every drawing must be organized within an rational and comprehensible order, in order to establish a comfortable and appealing path for the eyes to follow In order to draw a well-proportioned figure, the artist searches for an ideal of beauty, and finds his tools in the objective methods founded upon geometry and measurement. But opposite the purely theoretical systems of proportion, there is what we might call an "intuitive" proportion based 011 visual comparison and controlled distortion, and we can translate and accommodate the natural structures of the body in a looser, more expressive, and less mechanical way than the model described by the classical laws of proportion.
In a standing pose, imaginary vertical lines are commonly used to give proportion to the backbone and the lower extremities, in order to place upon them the corresponding segments or measurements for each unit.
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