Help me de­pict a fig­ure who’s off bal­ance

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ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Your Questions Answered... - Klaudiusz Ch­mielewski, Eng­land

An­swer Tom Fox replies

With a bit of prac­tice, you can con­trol not just if the fig­ure is bal­anced, but how un­bal­anced you want them to be. First, draw the ground plane, in the form of a grid, and the hori­zon line to es­tab­lish eye level. Now draw the ma­jor masses as boxes – the torso and hips – and get them lean­ing to one side. If you can get some twist be­tween those two, then that’s even bet­ter. Once the ground and boxes are blocked in, the fig­ure should al­ready ap­pear off-bal­ance, with­out even hav­ing drawn the limbs. You can see th­ese high­lighted in my first process im­age.

Next, draw the legs. Draw a line down from the boxes to the floor. Now choose where you want the feet to be. If you draw them at a point di­rectly be­low the torso, it’ll add sta­bil­ity to the fig­ure. The fur­ther you place the feet from the point be­low the torso, the more off-bal­ance the pose will be­come. Imag­ine where the weight is dis­trib­uted. Pos­ing your­self is the best way to imag­ine this. Es­tab­lish a clear lean and you’re off to a great start.

Fi­nally, add the arms as cylin­ders and you’ve blocked out an off-bal­ance ges­ture. Job done.

There’s no need to over­com­pli­cate your colour­ing. Flat colours with just two or three val­ues to de­scribe the val­ues will do. Then just add high­lights to show dif­fer­ences in ma­te­rial.

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