This is the basic stickfigure. You can see the head, torso, arms and legs. You can't do much with this one, except practising the proportions of these body parts
With this version you can do something more. You get to decide the proportions of the arm- and leg-parts.
Now this must be the most advanced stickfigure there is: I bet you never saw any kid draw it this way! Added are the width of shoulders and pelvis.
Simple to Advanced Stickfigure
The basics of a good stickfigure is that it is anatomically correct. It has a head, arms, legs, and a spine in the right proportions. Only then can we as a viewer relate to its emotions and behaviour.
A wonderful example of how a simple stickfigure can tell a compelling story is shown below.
Paper Wars by Ed Skudder
I will use stickfigures for drawing storyboards and visualizing ideas I have for movies.
I hope to show you some examples during my Christmas break.
Try if you can draw Santa as a stickfigure, or perhaps your cat or next door neighbour and see what great story there is to tell.