|Reclining Nude, oil pastel on toned paper, 7 1/2" X 11 1/2", 2012|
|Reclining Nude, oil pastel, 7" X 10", 2013|
I have seen elaborate mechanical setups designed to aid artists in rendering the foreshortened figure. They often involve a grid superimposed over the model to orient body parts in their proper places. Such methods can be useful learning tools but ultimately there is a lot of intuition involved. You have to exaggerate the foreground and diminish the figure as it recedes in space. I don't have any hard rules regarding foreshortening, when it works it just "feels" right.