The NINE heads template

The nine heads template is a front facing, symmetrical fashion figure, measured in head lengths and widths, and drawn as ovals and triangles. The Nine Heads template is a simple starting point for drawing all fashion poses. It will be used here as a guideline for body proportions, drawing exercise:

Roughly divide the drawing paper into nine head lengths as follows (Fig. 4.3 and 4.4):

a. Draw ten, evenly spaced horizontal lines. Each division represents one head length.

b. Number the sections 1 to 9.

c. Draw the intermediate lines for the shoulder and the hip (dashed).

d. Name the lines.

e. Draw a vertical line - this forms the Vertical Balance Line (V/B) and the Centre Front Line (C/F)

of the body.

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Shoulder

Bust

Waist

Hip

4

5

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Toe

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Note: CorelDRAW (drawing software) has been used to present clarity of line, but it is expected the exercises be drawn quickly by hand and do not have to be as precise.

Draw the Oval and Triangle Fashion Figure (Fig. 4.4) as follows:

a. Draw the head as an oval to fit section one.

b. Draw the neck from the oval to the shoulder line.

c. Draw the upper torso as a large inverted triangle: Shoulder to hip - the shoulder is approximately two head widths across.

d. Draw the lower torso as a smaller inverted triangle: Hip to crotch - the hip is approximately one and three quarters head widths.

e. Draw each arm as two elongated ovals:

Upper oval - shoulder to elbow. Lower oval - elbow to wrist.

f. Draw the hands as diamond shapes - three quarters of a head in length.

g. Draw each leg as two elongated ovals:

Upper oval - hip to knee. Lower oval - knee to ankle.

h. Draw the feet as diamond shapes length.

one head i. Name your drawing Template 1. This is your basic nine heads template that you will flesh out in the next chapter and develop further as you work through the chapters.

Figure 4.3:

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Figure 4.4:Template 1 (figure matrix)

The Nine Heads template is drawn using the measurement of head lengths and widths, and as ovals and triangles

Figure 4.4:Template 1 (figure matrix)

The Nine Heads template is drawn using the measurement of head lengths and widths, and as ovals and triangles

Figure 4.5:

Demonstrates how the human form is subdivided using the oval and triangle technique and how the legs are elongated for a fashion drawing

balance and movement vertical balance line (V/B)

To add life to the basic fashion pose it is imperative to understand how the body balances. The vertical balance line (V/B) is an extremely useful guideline to ensure a figure drawing is well balanced and never appears to be falling over. The V/B line drops vertically from the pit of the neck to the ground. It never bends - it hangs like a builder's plumb line.

To understand this clearly, check your own vertical balance line by using a full length mirror: • Stand with your weight evenly balanced between both feet - your shoulders, waist and hips will naturally be level. Visualise the vertical balance line dropping from the pit of your neck directly to the ground. In this evenly balanced pose the line falls through the centre of your body to the ground, equidistant from each foot. (Fig. 4.6)

Both Feet The Ground

Figure 4.6:

Basic Standing Pose - u'eight evenly balanced between both feet, the shoulders, hips and waist are level

Figure 4.6:

Basic Standing Pose - u'eight evenly balanced between both feet, the shoulders, hips and waist are level v/b line and high hip

Transfer your body weight onto one leg as per Figure 4.7. The V/B line now lies from the pit of the neck dropping vertically to the leg bearing the weight. Your shoulders and waist take on opposing angles - there is now movement and life in your pose.

The leg taking all the weight is called the weight bearing leg (1). Your other leg, which is carrying little or no weight, is called the balance leg (2).

Note:

• The vertical balance line (3) drops directly through the weight bearing leg.

• The hip and shoulder (4 & 5) are now asymmetrically angled over the weight bearing leg - the hip (4) is higher and called the High Hip.

Change your weight to the opposite leg and see how the angles reverse to become a mirror image (Fig. 4.8). The vertical balance line now drops directly through the opposite leg.

• Move your balance leg and observe how you can place it in many positions and still stand comfortably on the weight bearing leg.

• Notice how you can move your arms to different positions and that the vertical balance line from the pit of the neck remains over the weight bearing leg.

body movement

Analyse this selection of poses (Fig. 4.9) demonstrating how the V/B line responds to movement.

Note:

• In all relaxed poses the V/B line drops from the pit of the neck to the point where the most body weight lies.

• The shoulders naturally slant on an opposite plane to the waist and hips.

• High hip and shoulder slant poses give your fashion poses a more dynamic appearance.

Movements The Two Legged Figure

2. Bal anace leg

"1. Weight beaming leg and foot ^

2. Bal anace leg

"1. Weight beaming leg and foot ^

3. V/B I i ne from tke pit o ftke neck to the weigkt bearing foot

The V/B line passes through the weight bearing leg

Figure 4.8:

The V/B line now passes through the opposite leg which has become the weight bearing leg

With Line Through

Figure 4.8:

The V/B line now passes through the opposite leg which has become the weight bearing leg

Glamour Photography Poses

Figure 4.9:

These poses demonstrate the movement of body weight from one leg to the other, and show how the vertical balance line from the pit of the neck always drops to the point bearing most weight

Figure 4.9:

These poses demonstrate the movement of body weight from one leg to the other, and show how the vertical balance line from the pit of the neck always drops to the point bearing most weight

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