The standing figure generally presents fewer problems, because each part of the body can be clearly visualized. In cases where there is a problem with the body's proportions, we can always turn to the classical law of proportion.

Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Figures

Representations of the human body are rarely symmetrical. Artists always try to draw the model when it is out of balance, making a motion with its arms, or in a determinate position. The frontal, symmetrical view is used only in handbooks for studying the body's proportions and practicing drawing in general, and is rarely represented outside this context.

A frontal representation of the standing figure should avoid excessive symmetry; symmetrical poses are better suited to anatomy textbooks than artistic drawing.

During the early stages of learning, it is a good exercise to copy classical sculptures in plaster, which eliminates the problem of color in the drawing. The plaster model is ideal for practicing form and the representation of light and shadow.

Any sense of movement presented by the standing figure's body is determined by the contraposto. To represent more forced poses it suffices to accentuate the slope of the lines of the shoulders and hips.

Human Body Poses

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