Oct 15, 2012

Drawing Basics: Contrapposto pose, how the body adjusts to balance

The contrapposto pose.
This is a brief post to help those who struggle to get the figure in their drawings to feel like it has weight and is not just floating on the page.

The body is always adjusting and balancing itself. One of the ways we can learn to see how the body balances is to study a pose called the contrapposto pose. It is a pose that has been used by artists for a very long time to create a natural stance. It is also a great way to introduce how the body will react to gravity.

Let's take a look.