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Drawing the 'manikin'
Figure Drawing: Structure
S. McKeeman, licensed to About.com, Inc.
The torso and limbs are then sketched as simple ovoid shapes, which look something like a wooden artist's manikin. I usually use a more rounded form for the chest than in this example, suggesting the ribcage, but the angular structure does allow an emphasis on perspective. Cross-contours are used to suggest volume, wrapping all the way around the form. Here the artist has begun to add major muscle masses and detail in the lower limbs.

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