6 Ten­sion and re­lax­ation

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Any form will gen­er­ally have a com­bi­na­tion of ten­sion and re­lax­ation. It’s one of the things that brings life into the form. Keep ob­serv­ing the switch be­tween the two states. Stu­dent artists of­ten ask me why their draw­ings look stiff. One of the most glar­ing is­sues I see is that peo­ple over­look which ar­eas of their char­ac­ter’s body are tense and which ones are re­laxed. They draw hands, legs, the torso and so on well, but every­thing is al­most rigid. If the en­tire body is tensed then the art­work will look stiff, too.

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