When parts of the body are in a different angle or obscured from view, it is call foreshortening. This is important because say you were trying to sketch a real person from a photograph, the subject might be in a
pose that requires some foreshortening on your part. Famous subjects like super models are not going to be changing their poses to make life easier for artists to sketch, so in turn, the artists have to adjust. Though it comes down to the simple 3-dimensional component parts to do the basic shapes as if the figure itself was as transparent as a drinking glass.
Practice gestures with foreshortened forms then do them with body parts with the correct proportion. While I won't go into detail on how to foreshorten, I will show you examples of it. The main way to foreshorten is to get a real life picture of what your trying to draw. If your attempting to draw a person standing with a cell phone from a over head angled perspective, then you need to get your friend to hold a cell phone while your sitting on your roof sketching him.
Their are millions and millions of perspectives out there. And its up to your creative imagination to come up with them and realize them onto paper.
Imagine a bird flying through the air, nothing but wind and clouds to slow you down. As you fly fast over a city you look back on what you just passed. The angle is downward and slanted...not perfect enough to draw you think. But it is the drawings that look literally perfect that aren't very realistic.
Nothing in this World is even close to perfection, so why is it so surprising that when we see a picture of a perfect scene it looks cute but not realistic?
Feel free to check out my perspectives and different angles. All of the artwork here was created just for you, the online comic book community that is yearning to learn more about drawing techniques and sketching design. In the artwork, notice the curves, notice the size of parts of the body. Note how some parts of the body look to big in comparison with the rest, but then take a step back from the picture and see if it looks realistic or not. Remember that it doesn't matter if you wear eyeglasses or if you have 20/20 vision, our eyes and mind can play tricks on us sometime.
Maybe one of the best pieces of advice that can be offered is for you to create a reference collection that you can frequently look back on. This could be magazine clippings, photographs or even the pictures that accompany this tutorial. Online tutorials and classes can be a great way to forward your education. Taking classes at a national paralegal college can prepare you for a career as a paralegal.
The next tutorial will put everything together, from Body Gesture to Anatomy we will go step by step in putting all of the pieces together to finalize your artwork and draw your characters.
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- Paolo Libunao