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Proportions: Drawing People

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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.

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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

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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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Week in the Studio 02/21/2013

As I type this we are covered in a 2″ sheet of snow and sleet, and I don’t think we are done yet. This gives me a great excuse to stay inside and practice my “hermitude”.

This week I spent time on a head-study.  Working on it was a struggle.  I just could not get into it. You know that grove you get into as a creative where everything else disappears and hours pass before you know it? Yea, that didn’t happen. But in hind-sight I like some of the looseness of it. Although it seems very neutral and non-committal, it reflects my mood at the time. So I am going with it.

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NFS

Today I will be beginning the first in a possible series of vintage cameras. There is a turquoise colored model in particular I am interested. But, I do not want to go too far down the rabbit hole of still-life right now.

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Flowers in Feb
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Kansas Sky
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Chalkboard wall In work room always gets attention when people pop over.
I think it’s supposed to be a dragon?

 

Painting in Oils – Part Four – Facial Proportions

Facial proportions can vary according to ethnic background and gender. Traditionally men have more angular faces and more pronounced brow just above the eyebrow line. Examine the images shown to see how the eyes fall in the middle of the entire skull, between the tip of the head and chin. In-between the eyes is a space equal to the width of one of the eyes. Halfway between the eyes and the tip of the chin is the line where the mouth opening will fall. Although the model on the left is a young adult female, the proportions are the same as an adult. Her features are merely softer and less angular than seen in an older mature looking individual.

Remember these are merely guidelines and will need to be adjusted to fit the subject that you are depicting. Below is that of a middle-aged male’s profile. When you are drawing a subject keep in mind where your light source is coming from, the same rules apply to drawing a human being as to drawing anything else. The trick is to be objective and to draw what you see and not what you think you know. Look at the subject carefully and try to look at the person you are drawing more than the paper you are drawing on. Always work from life whenever possible, if you can not find a model or do not feel comfortable doing so as of yet, just use a mirror and do a self-portrait.

 

Part Three – Palettes

Part Two –  Mediums

Part One – Materials

 

Portrait Oil Painting in Progress

I am working on a new series of portraits for January.

The process I am use is to create a monochromatic underpainting before applying the identifiable skin tones. The work is from photo references, due to time and space restraints.

Recent oil painting progress…

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The underpainting was created using burnt umber and mineral spirits.

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Once the underpainting is dry to the touch I can begin putting other colors onto the canvas.

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Final painting 12X16″ Oil on Canvas – “Joe #2”