Understanding Contrapposto

Contrapposto describes a category of pose that artists have favored for thousands of years. Even though “contrapposto” is an Italian word, the earliest sculptures that depict the human body posed in this specific stance date back to the 5th century B.C. in classical Greece. The typical contrapposto pose shows the counterposing of various segments of the figure: The pelvis and rib cage are tilted in opposite directions, and one leg is straight while the other is bent. This deliberate counterposing can contribute various expressive qualities to a figure.

Axial Skeleton & Proportional Relationships

Figure Drawing Tips and Bits | Part 1 | In my first *Figure Drawing Tips and Bits* video i discuss […]

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book

Basic Human Anatomy teaches artists the simple yet powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Osti, using the basic system of line, shape, and form used by da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, takes readers step-by-step through all the lessons needed in order to master this essential foundation skill.