AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body
AA1 Drawing the body

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), in the middle of the 15th century, reactivated the old theories asserting that the human body is submitted to mathematical laws.

For him, the human body can be perfect, since it can be set in perfect geometric figures, the square and the circle.

The body is proportioned. Its proportions are based on overall averages.

These proportions will be applied to make a realistic sketch, whatever the artistic domain: painting, comic strip, fashion drawing, illustration…

An 8 head canon is usually used. The basic unit of measurement is the 'head', which is the distance from the top of the head to the chin and will be used to place the other parts of the body.

The proportions of the body

-The human body is 8 « heads » long including the head itself.

- The body is 2 « heads « wide.

-The crotch marks the middle of the body.

-The arms (including the shoulders and the hands) are 3 « heads » and a half.

-The legs are 4 « heads » long.

ASSIGNMENT: simplify as far as possible the human body to respect its proportions.

On a portrait mode A4 page , with the help of a 8 head grid, build a schematic facing static figure (not moving). (one head=3cm) See example below

On an A4 page, draw 3 moving figures: one from the front and two in profiles.

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