It’s all in the Line of Action

What are short poses? Easy!
You have a model posing for short periods of time… 1 or 2 minutes at a time.

How do you sketch short poses? Not that easy!
It took me a while to understand that I needed to look at the line of action, the various bone points, the placement of the rib cage and the movement line of the hip and legs.

There are important points on the skeleton… the chin, the sternum notch, the xiphoid process (the bottom part of the sternum), the last rib on both sides, the iliac crest (the top of the hip where you place your hands on each side of your body) and the knee bones. Phew, that’s was a mouth full of bone definitions (I’m glad my husband is a chiropractor and I could pick his mind).

So, what did I learn from this class of short pose drawings…

  • By drawing the essence of the pose, we can grab enough ideas that can be developed later.
  • We can improve fast and faster.
  • When you have little time, you can just grab your notebook, a pencil and practice, practice, practice.
  • It is easy to make it a daily habit, because it only takes little time to do a few sketches.
  • You can challenge yourself every day a bit more and build on what you did the day before.
  • You can see progress very quickly (Or not. That’s ok. Let’s keep smiling anyway!) and it is encouraging.
  • You can use all types of material… pencil, charcoal, ink and pen, colored pencils, etc.
  • Practicing makes us better. No kidding!
  • It is a lot of fun and don’t think you cannot doing it. Anyone can. It may not look great at first,  but it will.

There is a freedom in drawing short poses that is exhilarating. It is pushing your limits. It is grabbing the essence of the model in such a short time you barely can think. It feels like you are bypassing your limitations.

Yesterday,  I was walking to a classroom and hesitated entering as the door was closed. I asked a student sitting in his wheelchair in front of another door, “are you guarding any of these two doors?” He replied “Oh no, just waiting for the assistant to be done setting up the room.”  Thanking him I said good bye. He responded “Make a masterpiece today!”  “You too, I said with a joyful heart!”

I pondered a lot about it. Why not. Why wouldn’t we all draw or paint a masterpiece today.

I wish it to you: “Make a masterpiece today!”

 

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