This week on the Mentor Experiment, we are going to take a closer look at drawing full body poses, with the aid of the almighty flour sack. (Click the image to see the large version). The flour sack is a helpful tool to learn how to make your body poses look more dynamic. We can vary the flour sack’s shape by making it small on the top, and large on the bottom (or vice versa). It works great for both male and female character designs. When drawing the flour sack (torso) you want to avoid symmetry. On the top right you can see that a symmetrical flour sack can lead to flatness. To avoid flatness in our drawings, I employ rules that govern when to use curves and straights (summarized below):
Using curves and straights helps us avoid drawing the “straight up and down” posed character. It helps get your character off balance and gives more visual interest to the pose. The main point to remember is that you want to avoid symmetry at all costs when drawing the torso. Study the image above and re-draw them to crystalize your understanding.
Your next exercise in this 10 week course is to draw at least 6 full body poses focusing on using the flour sack / torso concept. Here are the poses I want you to draw:
Don’t focus on details. Focus on form and overall pose. We’ll focus on the specifics of male and female anatomy next week. Good luck!
The flour sack has VOLUME and MASS. Think of it as a solid object occupying space.
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