You know it's not impossible. You've seen it done well before. You know your painting doesn't have to look flat, even though your canvas is flat. But no matter what you do, you can't get that foreshortened arm to look like it's coming toward you. Instead, it just looks too short!
Today, I'd like to share "3 Ways to Conquer Foreshortening." But first, I recommend that you check out "The 4 Actions for Accurate Proportions." These "4 Actions" are your first step to successful drawing–including drawing foreshortened limbs!
Now for "3 Ways to Conquer Foreshortening."
1. Simplify Into Basic Forms
Anatomy, in all its complexity, can be intimidating. That's why it's very helpful to envision the parts of the body as simple forms. This type of simplification is a huge help with foreshortening.
For example, when the masses of the forearm are simplified into a cylinder and box, it's much easier to envision what that form would look like foreshortened, and such foreshortening becomes easier to draw.
The foreshortened shapes of the leg would have been more difficult to draw accurately had the foot not been placed first. By drawing the foot first, it was much easier to see that just a few simple lines were needed to communicate the masses of the leg.
Whew! We have covered a lot of ground in this series on the figure! I've shared how to achieve accurate proportions, how to create figures that are dynamic and not stiff, how to draw a head in proportion to the body…
But there's one big challenge I haven't discussed yet. Tune in next time for "Improving Your Speed In Life Sessions."
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