Last week we got a chance to practice the proportions of the face. I bet by now you are all quite proficient at drawing a face that does not look like this.
Yay you! However, as I ask myself on so many mornings, what good is a lovely face if it sits atop an awkward, ill- proportioned body? Keep reading and get some simple guidelines that will help you keep your bod as handsome as your head. Or heads, if you prefer. All you need to play along is some drawing paper, a pencil and a ruler or straightedge.
When drawing the human form, the simplest measurement to go by is “one head”.
You can print this grid for practicing on or use a ruler and draw your own.
- A average full grown adult is abut seven and a half time the height of her/his head.
- A child is about six times the height of his head, although that changes as s/he ages.
- A superhero is usually about eight and a half times the size of her/his head.
- A cute little cartoonish character can be three times the height of her head.
Just as when we drew the face, you are your own best model. Check out your arms. Your elbows are level with your waist and your wrists are aligned with where your leg meets your hip.
Remember that those basic proportions do not change when the body moves.
Practice drawing the body from different angles, keeping in mind that drawing people from life is even better practice than drawing from a photo. Although some of you may not have the opportunity or inclination to go to a life drawing class where you can draw models unclothed, drawing people who are wearing little or nothing gives you a better idea of the body’s proportions.
If you want a chance to practice drawing life models from photgraphs in a variety of poses, I do not suggest you Google “nudes.” At least not at your Mom’s house or on your work computer 😉 Here is a site that will not get you fired or sent to your room but has lots of good references for figure drawing.
The best thing about all the practicing you are going to be doing this month is that you can submit any drawing you make using this tutorial to our monthly contest. You can check out the contest rules HERE .
You may be wondering “What is a contest without a prize?” ”A SURPRISE!” I would answer. *confetti * You can check this space later next week for a peek at the monthly prize. You have until March 31 at 11:59 PM to post your entries in to our FLICKR group so get your pencils sharpened and be ready to draw ‘strange style all month!