Figuary Day 5: Seeing the Rotation & Twist

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Hi life drawing friends!

On Day 5 of Figuary, we look at something that is pretty straight forward in theory, but so often goes wrong especially in beginner drawings.

When the torso is straight and you’re looking at the torso straight on, there’ll be about the same distance from the centre line to each side. But when the torso is at an angle or there is some twist in the torso, the distance to each side will be different. That’s the simple part.

But so often, people will capture that difference, but reduce it quite a lot as if viewing the torso from a more straight angle than they really are. The torso in the drawing becomes less rotated, less twisted – overall less dynamic and interesting. So we’ll look at seeing the difference in distance to each side and boldly capturing that in the drawing. Hope you enjoy it!

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We are posting daily life drawing guidance videos – one useful tip about drawing figures each day, all structured to build on each other across the 28 days. Croquis Cafe will be posting daily practice sessions – life models posing for you to draw.

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The idea is that you draw, even if only a little bit, each day for 28 days – the perfect amount of time to build a good drawing habit. Along the way, we will also start looking at powerful techniques to help take your drawings to the next level.

This first week is all about seeing the most important angles and curves in the pose. The second week will be about the light and dark in the pose. The third week will be about making confident and expressive marks on the paper. The fourth week will be about gesture and other additional tips.

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