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    The human figure is capable of twisting, bending and
    moving in an incalculable number of positions. A concept
    of the three large masses of the head, chest and pelvis must
    be understood in order to place these masses twisting in
    front or turning away from each other, or covering each
    other as in foreshortening.

    Think of the head being square. The chest is round and
    about one and a half times as long as the head and twice
    the width. The pelvis is square and also twice the width of
    the head. Keep the same distance between the chest and the
    hip as between the head and the chest.

    The three masses are attached to each other at the back
    of the figure by the spinal column and in front by muscles,
    tendons and ligaments.



    When the weight is on one foot as in Fig. A. The inside ankle (tibia) will be directly
    under the pit of the neck. When the legs are separated the weight is then distributed between them
    as in Fig. B.

    When the figure is in complete motion and not resting on either foot i.e. running, jumping, walking,
    etc., there is no center of gravity. Only when the figure comes to a standstill, can the center of
    gravity be






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