Drawing: Kneeling with hands on chest

A charcoal and graphite study done to look at body posture, balance and movement.

I am always startled at how a slight change in the relative position of the rib cage in relation to the hips can make such a large difference in the perceived emotional state.  Rigid, aligned spines suggest a dominant or control role, where as in this drawing, the spine shifted and off-center suggest a playful, more submissive stance.

Charcoal and graphite drawing, Kneeling with hands on chest, by Jameson Bennett

Charcoal and graphite drawing, Kneeling with hands on chest, by Jameson Bennett

There is some great research I’ve been running into online with my emotional intelligence research that points to this being more important than facial gesture at distances of greater than seven feet.  The research is still in a bit of infancy, but very interesting as it suggests body posture being much more important than we may intuitively give it.