Draw Figures in Proportion

If you want to draw people you have to understand how proportion effects the structure of the figure. The proportions of a person changes as they get older. For example when a child is born it’s head is almost a quarter the size of the whole infant. Whereas in an adult make for example the head maybe only one seventh the height of the body. You also need to understand that the width of shoulders and hips can also vary with age and gender.

How to Draw Figures in Proportion explains the basics of proportion. I explain how to work out the proportion of an adult and a child, by using the head as the measure. It is a simple process in which I show you step by step how to achieve a simple sketch of a figure in proportion. How to work out the length of arms and legs is also explained.

This art tutorial would be good for beginners, school students and those looking to improve their basic drawing skills.

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Comments (4)

  1. Lorena :

    Hello Mr. Priestley
    Would you please give a tutorial on figures looking up or down.
    Thank you

    • Paul Priestley :

      I’ll add it to my list

  2. Helen Fox :

    I really like your straightforward explanations of how to draw figures. Do you have a tutorial on drawing kids in action – running/ skipping/playing etc.
    Thank you

    • Paul Priestley :

      Hi Helen,
      Sorry for late reply, I’m afraid I don’t have tutorial on kids playing etc.
      Cheers Paul

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