2017 Week 10: Foreshortening

One of the hardest concepts of figure drawing classes for many students is creating depth on the page through the process of foreshortening. When you portray an object or figure as closer than it is, creating the illusion on the page that one part of the drawing is closer to the viewer than another. This process utilizes the effects of perspective or angle of vision to create depth in a piece.

This week the challenge is to utilize foreshortening in your drawing. If you need to, ask a friend or family member lay out on the floor, and then sketch them out onto the page, where one part of their body is closer to you than another. Try not to get caught up in making everything perfect, but allow the process to show.

And remember to have fun!

If you are interested in joining in, please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!


A quick sketch. I’m not too fond of the awkward placement of the arrows, but other than that, I like it. – STKerr

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