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By Preston Stone

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Posing Characters with a Wireframe
posing characters with a wireframe

Sketching character poses in wireframe

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The wire-and-ball approach is a common one for drawing figures, and is a useful place to start. Once you’re confident, you’ll find that you’ll often use just a suggestion of a framework, sometimes skipping straight to the outline. This is a simple character to begin with. The wireframe method is useful for working out quick poses, too.

Try roughing out some character ideas using the wireframe method. See if you can copy poses from photographs of athletes and martial arts exponents, or use a wooden artist's manikin to set up a pose.

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