FORESHORTENING (3 of 3) – Powerful Exercises – How To Tutorial

If you’d like to do the foreshortening exercise with the cross contour arms, go to:

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This is our third video about foreshortening. You can see the first one here:

And second one here:

In the first video, we established that the problem with foreshortening is mainly that we aren’t used to seeing figures from those angles. In the second, we learned about some techniques to help our eyes see the reality of the foreshortened figures and bypass our preconceptions about the figure.

So now we are going to look at ways of practising that will turn these ideas into real skills. We look at designing practice sessions that are dense with foreshortening, which can be uncomfortable, but will become rapidly less uncomfortable as we get better with these angles.

We’ve also devised a way of training our eyes to see the foreshortening as it really is. We evenly painted lines along my arm, and then I held my arm at different angles to the camera and then photoshopped out the arm itself so that only the lines remain. Now we’ve got a funny pattern of lines which we can copy down, and then go back to the arm photos and try to draw the arm within the constraints of those funny lines. I’d be interested to hear what you thought of the exercise – see the link above to do the exercise.

Thank you as always to the wonderful Croquis Cafe for the reference photos:

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