Pure Vs. Impure

Compare these three images. What do they have in common?

The anteater, the man at the bar and the long piece of fabric are simple on one side...

...and complex on the other!

The simple sides could be said to be "pure" because of their lack of abrupt changes.  They form smooth curves and straights.
The complex sides could be said to be "impure" because of their many lumps and corners.

Seeing "pure" and "impure" sides can aid us in our depiction of women (both observed and imagined), for once one has been identified, the other is never far away!  First, look for the "pure" sides.  Because of their relative simplicity, they usually stand out.

Next, find the "impure" sides.  When combined, their contrasts create immediate impact!

Reasons for purity :
-extension (stretch)
-anatomy (spine)
-resting on a surface (floor, wall)
-gravity flattening out the top of something
-gravity forcing something directly down
-momentum being gained

Reasons for impurity :
-compression (squash)
-objects pushed upward by surface impact
-gravity drooping fat/muscle down
-momentum being lost

This happens on a micro level as well as a macro level.  Look for the "pure" and "impure" sides of limbs, necks, fingers and toes.

How many "pure" and "impure" sides can you spot in these images?

Not everything about drawing women should be complex.  Seek "purity." The rest will take care of itself, resulting in a more pleasing, balanced design. It's everywhere!

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