2nd session - 10 min sketch

by Leysa, November 16th 2020 © 2020 Leysa

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

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

Tx Williep

Very nice figure. The left leg (knee to ankle) is a little short. The legs from the hip to knee and from the knee to the angle are equal. If foreshortened. they will appear shorter. You draw the shape. You might want to check the Line-of-Action(LoA) section on hands & feet. LoA has a large selection of figures to draw and use for practice. Also, check out human anatomy - both muscles and bone structure. You really need a good knowledge of both these areas. The internet had a good deal of information on these subjects for free. Be sure to make drawings of what you find & keep them close at hand. Also, you might want to check out this book:

"Morpho: Anatomy for Artists" by Michel Lauricella. He has a series of related art books.

Remember: Practice makes better. Consequently, practice, practice, practice.


Thanks, really appreciate the tips! I can see the leg size issue now you've mentioned it. I think I'm still at the stage where in only 10 minutes I can't get that much done but if I had more time I would have focused on the hands and feet more. I suppose with more practice I will be able to do more in 10 mins and get more of an eye of the proportions! I will check out the book too, thank you :)

Polyvios Animations

Very great figure, Leysa, that's very great. Again, if I could give you an honest suggestion, then it would be to do 25 minutes of 30 second figures, all flipped and non-flipped, pretty please, if you can?

The reason why you could do this recommendation is because, it can, shall and will help you completely loosen up and caricature the proportions of the human figure.

Hope it's been completely and totally all-purpose.


A good drawing overall, some areas to improve on:

- The shoulders look a bit weird, you don't see the deltoids in your drawing although they tend to be visible when the arms are raised.

- In general it would be really helpful to study where the muscles connect, some of the anatomy is subtly off. For example, on the right leg, the muscle on top of the thigh should end closer to the knee than it is currently drawn.

- Is that thing sticking out of the ribcage on the right side a breast? If so it is too far down.

- I can't tell if the model is standing on one leg or crawling on the ground.

- Don't be afriad of using longer and heavier lines. Once you have your proportions and general figure mapped out, using heavier lines will make your drawings look much cleaner.

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