Drawing Foreshortened Legs

This video demos how you can draw convincing foreshortening in your figure drawings, focusing on legs and arms. Techniques for how to draw foreshortening are explained as well as what anatomical landmarks to look for, using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq 22, and also Procreate with an iPad. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Video Walkthrough

  • Searching for overlaps in the muscles to show depth
  • Use the Tibialis Anterior bone and the Patella (kneecap) as landmarks
  • Foreshortening in the figure looks weird no matter what
  • Foreshortening can be emphasized by how you draw
  • Exaggerate the foreshortening, don’t try to draw it accurately
  • Parts of the body that are closer increase in scale
  • The foot can be subdivided to show the layering of forms
  • Look at how the limbs interact
  • Draw the muscles so they bulge

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