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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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