Action Sketching: Changing the perspective of your human subject
Many of us can get good views of sports, but the perspective on how we see the players might not be the way we want to sketch them.
Indoor volleyball, for example, often causes a problem for illustrators because the view of players is from a balcony looking down, rather than seeing players straight on.
In the example above, the volleyball server is seen from a balcony, with the focus on her right shoulder. If you wanted to illustrate aspects of this game, you might prefer action references from photos taken on the floor.
To correct reference shots from the wrong angle, or try to imagine a specific moment from a different view, use a fully-jointed mannequin to depict what you would like to see.
In the photo example below, I set up a mannequin to duplicate the stance of the server. Next, I took multiple photos of the mannequin from straight-on, turning it for each shot.
In the following example, I chose the third pose for my quick sketch as it was the direct opposite of the first.
Could you have used your imagination to sketch a pose directly opposite of the photo reference? Possibly, but for most people, that would be difficult, especially leg placement and body bend.
Working with a Mannequin:
Fully-jointed mannequins are delicate and fall apart easily. To guard against that:
- Loosen joints before bending by heating them with a hair dryer.
- When joints become too loose, tighten them with a tiny screwdriver, like the type used to tighten eyeglass stem joints.
- If joints cannot be tightened (or parts are falling off), reattach them using standard modeling clay.
- Reference photo of woman serving a volleyball from Pixabay.com.
- Action Sketching: Handling a fully-jointed mannequin, by Karen Little. Littleviews.com
This article was written by Karen Little as part of an ongoing series of blogs on Action Sketching. Published on Littleviews.com. March 12, 2020.
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