Figure Drawing, Continued
The important thing to note in the profile of male and female figures is that
they are not symmetrical. The center of gravity passes through the center of
the head, chest, hips, and feet. Most of the neck and lower back fall behind
the center of gravity, while the largest part of the midsection is in front of the
centerline. The curve of the back has a slight and continuous S shape. In
profile, female figures appear narrower than male figures. Female figures
also have less developed muscles, smaller arms, wrists, ankles, and feet.
The breast and crotch of male figures are slightly higher and the waistline
slightly lower than female figures.
Figure 3-36 shows differences in the profiles of male and female figures.
Figure 3-36.Profile differences in male and
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