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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing by Mike Mattesi

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Chapter 1Force with Character

In this first chapter, we are going to experience the risk of pushing our drawings to their forceful extremes. Why? Because pushing poses helps you define character. How far can a drawing go before it falls apart? In what direction do I push the pose? Let’s investigate these and other questions in our search for answers.

The golden rule I abide by in designing from life is that the drawing must work or function the way my subject did. So, if it is a figure, it has to follow my rules from the first book. Rhythm must continue through the figure in discussion. Does my understanding of the figure’s rhythms come through all of my other opinions?

So, as a Force refresher, the arrows in the following diagrams represent ...

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