This video explains the structure of the spine in the torso, focusing on the “centerline” of the human figure.
- Watch the Draw Along
- Watch the Anatomy Lecture
The centerline is visible on the back and the front of the figure on the torso, and is an effective reference to search for when beginning a gesture drawing of a human figure.
The centerline can be seen on a broad range of figures and relates to the major masses of the figure. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.
- The centerline is one of the first landmarks to look for when drawing a figure, it represents the essential gesture of the figure.
- The centerline is on the front and the back of the figure.
- The centerline on the back is literally the spine.
- The centerline on the front is on the surface of the torso, it is not inside the figure.
- There is a natural curvature in the centerline to emphasize.
- The centerline sums up the essential character of the figure’s movement.
- The sternum is the “neck tie” bone.
- The sternum is a significant part of the centerline on the front.
- The sternum curves forward, the same way that the rib cage tilts.
- Know what a bone looks like from multiple points of view.
- Anatomical terminology isn’t important to memorize, as long as you can identify the landmarks.
- Look for the manubrium, the top part of the sternum.
- The pit of the neck is in between the clavicles. (collar bones)
- The front of the centerline is the pit of the neck, sternum, and the belly button.
- The spine looks straight from the front and the back, but from the side it’s very curved.
Anatomical Landmarks mentioned
- Rib cage
- Belly button
- Pit of the neck
- Manubrium (top part of the sternum)
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