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The greatest benefit of using abstract shapes 1-30 Abstract Stick Figures in Action in poses is that doing so will eliminate a lot of meandering lines and shapes that don’t say anything about the character. The most important element in drawing a figure is to establish the body frame before proceeding with the details. The tendency to start a figure in detail at one spot and then proceed to the end usually causes incorrect proportions and uncontrolled figure placement on the page. When the body is in action, the centerline of the body will be curved, as we discussed before.

In figure drawing, we must indicate and locate these visible joints and bones to avoid the look of a rubber dummy. The human body is symmetrically and mechanically built. All body actions and movements are directed and controlled by mechanical joints. Inadequately defining the joints, consequently, will not show natural proper movements, and lack a sense of reality and authenticity. In general, joints appear more noticeable in a thinner or bonier body. If the joints are covered by thick fat tissue, as in a heavier body, this will limit the body movements and the body will show more rounded, curved lines and shapes.

The wrinkles and folds can be sharp, crisp strokes; soft, fine, flowing strokes; or thick and bold strokes. Crisp strokes express angular folds to give the garment a full silhouette. Soft, fine, flowing strokes reveal more body curves because the material usually clings to the body (see Figure 1-79). The strokes also show the texture of the material. Thick, bold strokes show bulkiness and bluntness, and they give a full and massive silhouette. Longer strokes present cleanliness and sharpness to show a tailored silhouette.

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