Day 1 - 5 to 10 Minutes

by Juliakraus, January 23rd 2019 © 2019 Juliakraus

Done as part of a 1 hour class.

My current goal is: Improve at correctly capturing the overall proportions of the human form


One of the challenges that we have as artists is learning how to see the entire figure in one go. ANd I think that is what you are having a challenge with.

Each part of the figure is sort of stacked on teh other part. THe bottom figure and the head is where this is the clearest example of this.

The two methods of practice I would strongly reccomend are these.

First - learn to really lay down that line of action every time. It will give you guidelines to follow and help you to know where to put the parts of the body.

Second - do some research about "mannequinization drawing" there are many tutorials available for this and I suggest watching the ones by "Proko". The focus of this is not to make a finished drawing but to turn the human figure into a mannequin. And I STRONGLY suggest that you draw EVERY PART of the body even the ones that are not visible to the eye.

So again looking at the lower figure you would draw the entire chest, and both arms. You would lay down the lines for the leg that is hidden by the leg in the foreground.

And I would reccomed that in longer drawings you start with lines of action followed by full manequinization. And if you cannot get the lines to disapear then find a good technique to transfer to a new page after you work out the details.

My very first art lessons were drawing action comics and EVERY figure started out as mannequins and we had to draw EVERY limb and EVERY part of the figure. And at first I HATED it. I was eternally grumpy about this. But I did it.

And now I don't tend to do this. But I ahve 20 years of experience and I hold that information well in my head.

Try these techniques and you will find your udnerstanding of proportion will vastly improve.


I think you would benefit from constructing with more cylinders and boxes and less contours.

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