Pr6 The Moving Figure: Research Point: People Watching



High Beach, Epping Forest. People coming and going

I feel I have done a lot of people watching over the last tow exercises. This is something I intend to keep up. Now when I leave home the check list goes phone, purse, makeup bag (I am from Essex) sketchbook and drawing stuffs.

Observations made so far:

  • walking people have three real gate shapes. Front leg forwards back leg back, Legs together with negative space between bent knee and straight knee and front leg back back leg forwards.
  • Running – legs move further apart feet come higher off floor. Knee bend some times right angle. Arms bent right angle or more at elbow swing back and forth in time with legs.
  • head holding and back posture can indicate age, physical health and state of mind. Lower head with bent back can mean old or sick or sad. the degree of stoop can varied significantly.
  • Weather conditions can be seen in the posture. e.g windy body will lean into direction of wind, clothing will billow in wind flow. Rain heads will bow, cloths rapped tight, arms often folded.
  • Conversations in groups indicated with body language. E.g laughing – head flung back. People point or gesticulate with arms.
  • Toddlers have short legs and larger heads proportionally. In coats there bodes are like puff balls with little arms that seem mostly straight.
  • Larger people have a shuffle gait. They can sway from side to side as walking and transferring weight from one foot to the other.
  • Groups bodies can blur to one shape (mass) with stick legs and heads protruding that tell of their individual state.
  • Shadow fall helps to ground the figure. Not always present or obvious when over cast.

About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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