proportion catching

by SINE, May 3rd 2019 © 2019 SINE

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

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


Hello, SINE!

I really like the forms of the body you've given with the shadows. It is a really nice contrast :) The evidence of your construction underneath is really nice, too!

The arm on the left is too short. Compare the location of the elbow to the one on the right. If there is foreshortening involved (the bane of my existence!), I suggest doing some focused practice on how to render foreshortened limbs so the viewer can understand the position of the limb without misinterpreting the limb as too small/short.

If you notice your sketch is not accurate, do not move onto adding details and shading until you are happy. Prettying up an incorrect body doesn't do you any favors. If you have a hard time recognizing what is wrong, I suggest holding up the sketch to a mirror (if you have access to one) or lifting the sketch to the light with the back of the page facing you to get a similar effect. Or use your phone to mirror a photo of it. It is easier to spot mistakes if you change how you view a piece you've been staring at for a while :)

Best of luck!