In this chapter I will cover how to construct the figure using some simplified methods to make the process of drawing a little easier. I will start by showing you how to build a simple structure as the basis for defining dimension and proportion. This structure will become the foundation of your figure drawings. You will then be able to use it to develop a finished figure drawing.
At the beginning of every figure drawing, the artist is faced with a daunting task in defining a subject that is painfully complex yet supremely organized. Without initially simplifying the figure, the artist may become overwhelmed.
It is very important in the initial stages of a figure drawing to be able to use some kind of simple framework to define the dimensions and proportions of the figure on the paper. The artist needs a simple and accurate system for starting the figure on paper without getting bogged down in too much detail. One way of doing this that works well for me is to go back to the foundation of the figure itself and draw a simplified skeletal structure. Figure 2.1 shows a simplified skeleton; notice that it isn't too much more complex than a simple stick figure.
The simplified skeleton should be proportionally correct, as shown in Figure 2.2, where I have overlaid the same proportion chart used in Chapter 1.
This simplified figure is very useful in roughing out figures and figuring out compositions. It is easy to draw and doesn't get bogged down in detail. Here is an example of how you can use it in conjunction with Figure Artist.
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