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Proportions: Drawing People

drawing skeletonProportions

Each part of the body is related in size to its other parts. In the image above the entire human skeleton is shown in relation to the size of the skull. Seven and one-half height of the head equals the whole human body in traditional proportion.

Children

When drawing children, the proportions are different. You will notice in the example above the head is equal to just over a fifth of the entire body. Younger children have an even more significant head to body ratio

facial proportionsFacial

When you divide up the facial features, the eyes are usually at the midpoint between the top of the skull and the chin. Nose-width is equal to the space between the eyes. Each edge of the mouth locates in line with the center of each eye. Of course, each is unique and different, but these guidelines are a classic example of perfect facial proportions.

Next time we will explore basic shapes you can use to build the human body.

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Tool and Supplies: Drawing People

Drawing Skull

First and foremost in drawing you do NOT have to spend a fortune on supplies. The goal here is that you are learning to see and duplicate what you see on paper. If you have archival paper and professional supplies that is great, but if not you can also have plain white copy paper, a 2B pencil, and an eraser.

With these simple tools, you can spend a lifetime learning to represent the human body, and still not know all there is to know. The information provided in this series of lessons is just a tip of the iceberg of what is possible. In the future, we will delve deeper into specific areas.

Basic Drawing Supplies

The Basic Drawing Supplies:

You need paper, a 2B pencil, a paper towel or tissue, and an eraser. My current preferred tools are a mechanical pencil 0.5, a blending stump, and a kneaded eraser.

Making Marks:

If you wish to experiment, set yourself with a variety of tools, below is a sampling of the type of marks each will make. The light area on each is where I used the kneaded eraser to see how easily it removed the mark.

Drawing Marks

Pencil sharpeners relatively easy to come by and are very inexpensive. Myself I have an electric one in my studio I use regularly. If it I am working away from the studio I will take a small, inexpensive sharpener along.

Additional Drawing Items:

Below are some supplies you may want to try.  From left-to-right: A wooden skewer, a sharp knife, a sandpaper block, a white pastel pencil, a hard eraser.

A sharp skewer can be used in a method to score into the paper before shading, leaving a white mark visible. The knife and sandpaper block are so you can sharpen your pencil to a preferred point. Having a white pastel pencil on hand helps in creating value in your piece, mainly if you use a toned paper. And lastly, a hard eraser will take more of a mark away than the kneaded eraser usually will.

Extra Drawing Tools

Drawing Paper:

Paper comes in a wide variety of shapes textures and colors. As mentioned before using plain white copy paper will do fine if that is what you currently have access. The point is to be learning; the tools themselves aren’t as crucial in this case as what you do with them.

We could do an entire series on just the types of papers available. So, for now, focus on getting what you can afford and feel the most comfortable using. If you are a beginner, begin with a white or cream that is about 90lb.

Drawing paper

Next time we will explore the traditional classic proportions of the human body.

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Free Drawing Human Body Lessons

Free Drawing the Human Body Lessons
“George” is going to help us through the coming weeks.

Over the course of the next three months, I will be posting free lessons on drawing the human body. The following areas are covered:

  1. Intro/Resources
  2. Tools/Marks
  3. Proportions
  4. Building From Shapes
  5. Value
  6. Drawing The Portrait

Each lesson will come out on Tuesday, every other week. This post will start you off with a few resources for those wanting to get their feet wet right away. (Note: They are not affiliated links.) The suppliers below are only an option; you will be able complete the lessons with a standard sharpened 2B pencil (or mechanical pencil), a good eraser, and plain white copier paper.

Drawing Human Body Supplies:

Drawing Human Body Books:

Drawing Human Body Online:

The lesson on tools/marks will be available January 23rd, 2018.  I hope to see you then!

Correct Body Proportions

The proportions of the entire human body are traditionally broken down into the below guidelines. Notice it is divided into 7.5 equal portions. This can vary depending upon gender, nationality and genetics. But, the information above is a good place to start and to be aware of while working.

 

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