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How Do I Draw A Person Sitting Down?

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You need to get someone sitting down first, which could involve going to a special class for artistic enjoyment or there are classes where there are volunteers who are paid to be life models. You need not worry and start off your pencil or chalk at the head and work down until the hips. You have to take into account that the body is not a perfect shape and comes in all shapes and sizes therefore you need to trust your creativity and be imaginative.
Once you have drawn your head slightly to the right you can work your pencil or chalk down to the arm area and to the inside of the armpit and arm so you know where you are aiming for. Then it is down the elbow then down to the waist.
You then need to focus on the hip area where it is now time to draw the torso and you just need to work your tools along the natural lines of your subject. You can also try and do something called foreshortening involving both interweaving long and short lines but you should ask your instructor for more detail on how to use this technique.
You can also do a lot of practise before you even decide to go to an art class. You need to keep using your pencil or chalk to measure the distance of your object. Simply go online and download a photo or even get it enlarged. Once you have a large photo of a subject sitting down you can begin to use different strokes in order to obtain a more accurate drawing. You have to take into account what you can see as opposed to what you cannot view in the perspective.
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Step 1Keep a sketchbook. Before you begin drawing a subject in earnest, develop a "library" of interesting poses of people seated in various postures. Pull out your sketchbook on the bus, at the coffee shop, on campus, or at home and make quick, loose sketches of the way people are sitting--slouched, upright, attentive, bored, etc. Life is your best teacher for ideas on how to pose your seated subject.

Step 2Collect your model and choose a pose from your sketchbook. Make sure the pose is something your model can comfortably hold for the amount of time you intend to devote to your drawing.

Step 3Walk around your model looking for the most dynamic angle. The idea here is to observe the "lines" your posed figure makes and imagine the lines as a composition. For instance, the lines connecting the top of the head to each of the hands make a triangular composition. Arms joined around the knee might create a circle which includes the arms, elbows and face.

Step 4Start by doing some contour drawings of your subject to help you coordinate your eye and hand. Close one eye and focus on an edge or line of your model. Move your eye slowly along the contour of that line and simultaneously move your hand at the same rate of speed on the paper. Keep your eye on the model, not on the paper, which you should only be aware of out of the edge of your eye.

Step 5Keep drawing the contours of your model until you've covered the entire figure. When done, your drawing might seem sloppy or out of proportion, but different portions will be perfectly detailed.

Step 6Repeat the process using the same pose, but begin to refine your drawing by paying more attention to proportions: Close one eye and hold your pencil at arms length. Mark off the length of the head with your thumb along the pencil. Now use the size of the head on your pencil to measure the overall length and height of the figure.

Step 7Finalize your sketch by checking your drawing proportions against the measurements you've made and making adjustments. Pay special attention to the measurements of foreshortened objects like forearms and thighs, the proportions of which will change depending on your viewing angle.
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I'm sure it has to do with perspective, but I'm mine look like they are standing up. How to draw a person from the front, when they are sitting down???
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I am asking the same question!!! Every time I draw a person sitting down, it ends up looking like
a person with really short legs!!!!HELP!
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Well.. Get someone to take a photo of you, or take one yourself and then try to copy the way you are shaped, I'm not really sure how, but that is how I do it.

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