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Don Simpson_figure Drawing Basics, Action and Structure

Don Simpson_figure Drawing Basics, Action and Structure

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Cartooning–Concepts and Methods Part 1:Figure Drawing Basics
,™ and © Don Simpson 2000,all rights reserved.For individual use only.Classroom use without express written permis-sion is strictly forbidden.Please email
fiasco@MEGATONMAN.com
for information.Published by Fiasco Comics Inc.,PO Box 64,Wexford,PA 15090.
 www.MEGATONMAN.com
Part 1: Figure Drawing Basics—
 Action & Structure
 
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Cartooning–Concepts and Methods Part 1:Figure Drawing Basics
,™ and © Don Simpson 2000,all rights reserved.For individual use only.Classroom use without express written permis-sion is strictly forbidden.Please email
fiasco@MEGATONMAN.com
for information.Published by Fiasco Comics Inc.,PO Box 64,Wexford,PA 15090.
 www.MEGATONMAN.com
In our methodical approach to building up your confidence as an artist,we're going to tackle something simple at first—our friend the stickfigure.Go ahead,draw one right now!A reasonable stick figure at this point should containa midline for thespine,two arms,two legs,and a circle for the head.Fingers for handsand lines for feet are optional,but being the conscientious craftsmanthat you are,I know you'll want to include them.Now draw your stick figure running,jumping,falling,walking,running,climbing—see how many poses you can come up with.The record is4096!Don't worry about niceties like exact proportions at this point.Getting your point across is everything.We'll be getting fancier a little later on.
The Stick Figure
 
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Cartooning–Concepts and Methods Part 1:Figure Drawing Basics
,™ and © Don Simpson 2000,all rights reserved.For individual use only.Classroom use without express written permis-sion is strictly forbidden.Please email
fiasco@MEGATONMAN.com
for information.Published by Fiasco Comics Inc.,PO Box 64,Wexford,PA 15090.
 www.MEGATONMAN.com
Okay,so anybody can draw a simple stick figure.But the point I'm trying to get across here is that,moreimportantly,everyone
recognizes
what a stick figure represents—a
 person!
Isn't that amazing?Cartoonists are able to communicate even with the most elementary ofpictures.Show your drawings to yourfriends and see ifthey can tell what your stick figures are doing.Ifthey misidentify some ofyour drawings,that's okay.Many poses will be open to interpretation.Just compliment them on their keen perception andhead back to the drawing board!Conveying specific actions and even emotional states ofmind with a few quick lines—and I dare say as fewlines as possible—is an important first step towards drawing fully realized figures.Ifyou can accomplish thatwith your limited stick figures,think ofwhat you can accomplish with even more tools at your disposal.

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