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# Create a Basic Stick Figure for Fashion Drawing

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## Draw an oval to represent the figure’s head and then draw a dashed line of symmetry.

The *line of symmetry,* or *balance line,* runs down right through the center of the stick figure’s head and continues to the bottom of the stick feet. The line of symmetry serves a number of functions in both figure and fashion drawing.

To establish a line of symmetry, draw a simple stick figure. Then draw a dashed line straight through the middle of your figure.

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## Draw in seven more ovals stacked along the line of symmetry. Draw a horizontal line 4 heads down to represent the hips or crotch.

Your stick figure will be 8 heads long; the actual head counts as 1 head, and the body is as long as another 7 heads stacked on top of each other.

A third of the way through the second head, draw a horizontal line for the shoulders as wide as two of the ovals on their sides.

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## For arm placement on each side of the body, draw a straight vertical line that goes from the shoulder line to the bottom of the 5th head.

From the line at the hips, draw two angled lines for legs that are 4 heads long.

At the ends of the two leg lines, draw two small triangles for feet

After you become proficient at drawing using heads to determine proportion, just create a series of hash marks to mark off lengths equal to the height of the head — you don’t need to draw full ovals. This shortcut helps save time and decreases the amount of erasing you need to do.