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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Although the term might have a specific definition, the idea of contraposto is derived from direct observation of how the human figure finds balance.

99% of the time, the angle of the shoulders counters the angle of the hips. (hips and shoulders lean in different directions). Even when someone is standing, they will favor one leg over the other. People are not symetrical.

If you have drawn the a figure in which the hips and shoulders are parallel, then you should question what you have made. Check your work. Chances are there is the slightest bit of opposite leaning between the two. Be sure to check your work before your refine your drawing. Beginning students should demonstrate that they understand the underlying structure and how parts of the body move in opposing directions.

Contraposto will make for more convincing figure drawings.

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