Are you having trouble presenting a different side to your figure art? Then follow Chris Legaspi’s expert advice on drawing side and twisting poses
Draw tricky side poses.
Side poses are challenging because they often contain less information in terms of anatomy and details than other views of a figure. As such, I’ve found it useful to apply a combination of drawing techniques.
I kick things off by focusing on the ribcage and pelvis. Describing the ribcage and the relationships with the hips is helpful for bending and twisting poses. For neutral poses I describe the angle of the ribs and pelvis. The ribs naturally tilt backwards and the hips tilt forward. I’ll often exaggerate this tilt to create more tension and gesture in the pose.
I start the actual drawing by simplifying the torso using C-curves and straights. C-curves describe the gesture and curve of a side pose. Straights add a contrast and tension to the pinch side.
A bending or twisting pose can also be difficult to depict and so I start with a box construction for the rib cage. This enables me to describe the front plane of the torso. I also describe the centreline: this is an imaginary line that runs from the pit of the neck to the groin.
I add anatomy, limbs and details in layers. The first is the simplified torso and rib construction. The second is the major muscles of back and chest. The third is limbs, neck and head. Then I emphasise overlaps or intersections in anatomy, which add depth, realism and life.