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Figure Drawing Proportions: Draw Realistic Figures with Ease

teacher avatar Antonia Dewey, Artist, Art Instructor

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7 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Figure Drawing Proportions Introduction

    • 2. Figure Drawing Proportions The Toddler

    • 3. Figure Drawing Proportions The Child

    • 4. Figure Drawing Proportions The Teen

    • 5. Figure Drawing Proportions The Adult

    • 6. Figure Drawing Proportions Practical

    • 7. Figure Drawing Proportions Conclusion

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About This Class

Welcome to Figure Drawing Proportions: Draw Realistic Figures with Ease!

My name is Antonia and I've been active in the art field for years.

Drawing a figure can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. One of the biggest problems an artist faces in drawing a figure is improper proportions; that's where this course comes in. In this course we'll lay down the foundation for your figure drawing art studies with some essential lessons to help you better understand human proportions.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to Draw the Toddler Figure 

  • How to Draw the Child Figure 

  • How to Draw the Teen Figure 

  • How to Draw the Adult Figure, Male and Female

  • How to Draw the adult figure in proportion as seen from the front, side and back perspective

  • and MORE!

If you are looking for a course that will help you draw figures in proportion from toddler to adult, this is the course for you!

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Antonia Dewey

Artist, Art Instructor


Hello, I'm Antonia.

I have been active in the art-field for over ten years. What I teach will help you improve your drawing, from line to artwork!

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1. Figure Drawing Proportions Introduction: Hello And what, Come to your figure? Drawing proportions. Course. My name is Antonio, and I will be teaching you how to draw figures in proportion. There are so many subjects how they and so many people who have already chosen a subject. Some prefer drawing flowers or animals or hats, all animals with hats. But what we will go through today is how to draw a human. But how do we start? How do we draw human? First things first, Let's decide the age of all our subject. A child is obviously smaller than an adult, and so is a toddler, and so is a teenager. So not to mention that we also come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Well, six average proportions in the scores. So that being said, let's jump into the first lesson where we are going to learn how to draw the public 2. Figure Drawing Proportions The Toddler: hello and welcome to the first lesson off this course. I am hopeful you will find it helpful. Can you will enjoy all the materials you'll need to draw with me are a pencil, a piece of paper under raise up and a ruler of your own choice. So let's jump into it and draw the first subject. The toddler. What we need to know is that a toddler is not an adult at a smaller scale, the head of a toddler is larger in relation to the body dimensions. So let's start drawing. I drew this vertical line this time represents the height of my figure. I could draw vertical lines like this 1000 times and make them shorter longer and saying that is the height of my subject. But how do we know that by keeping in mind one simple roof? The head of the problem fits five times into the height of the body and about two times into the with, so let's keep their learned hand and jump into it. What we are going to do first is the side of my mentions off the head. I'm going to go for two centimeters wide and two centimeters long, going to represent that by a circle. After drawing the head, I'm going to take its length and fit it for more times onto the vertical. To complete the thoughts height, I've decided that the length off the head is two centimeters. After measuring the height, we move on to the wind. I'm fitting the width of the toddler's head twice in the week off the body, so the with off the body equals two heads. Now we have finished throwing the height and width off the figure. I'm going to complete the subject by drawing the rest of the body in the first segment. We have drawn the head in the 2nd 1 We have the torso and neck, while in the 3rd 1 we have the naval and crotch area. The naval is found in the middle off the third segment. On a side note. It's also important to know that the youngster is usually plump and the neck is barely visible. The Ford segment is the limited by the crotch and the knee line here. Is that me? While the 5th 1 is the limited by the knee line and the hell life in the next video, we'll learn how to draw the figure proportions of a child. So see you then 3. Figure Drawing Proportions The Child: Hey there and the previous lesson. We've talked about the toddler. It's about time to see him grow into a child. Off, Let's say six years old, we've already established that the head of a Toler, its five times into the height off the body. And we've also talked about how the tabler is usually chubbier. In this case, the youngster grew up a bit, got told ER in Thinner, which means his head will now fit six times into the height of the body. The with off the body says the same two hits. His neck is also going to be more visible, and his head is not so big in relation to his body. Also, since the child grew, the head grew as well. The legs are also growing faster than the torso, so let's draw him starting like before by drawing the vertical line, establishing the head dimension and measuring the segments to complete the height and with off the figure. Now I'm going to throw. The child is represented by simple shapes, then gradually draw in the counter line off the figure, starting with the neck measure. 1/3 off the second segment. This is what a shoulder Linus found After drawing the neck, I'm going to draw a rectangle like so to represent the torso. After drawing in the torso, I'm going to draw the middle section by drawing these verticals. Once I finished drawing in the middle, I'm a home to the hips, which I'm also going to draw in with the help of a rectangle shape. The waist measures one head and with and the hips measure about 1.5 heads. The end of the rectangle is at 1/3 off the fourth segment. This represents the crotch area. Now that the hips are in, I'm going to draw the legs. I'm going to draw the vertical lines, forming up thes rectangles that end in the middle off the fifth segment, where we will have the knees. My next step is doing the knees and the rest of the rectangles to complete the simplified figure. I'm going to draw two circles for the knees and show smaller rectangles for the rest of the legs. As for the feet, I'm going to also represent them by rectangles like Chef. Now we can move on to drawing the arms to represent the shoulders I'm going to draw two circles like a dead with the knees, like so. Then I'm going to draw the upper arm with the help of a rectangle and do it down until I reached the middle off the third segment, The middle of the third segment represents the elbow line as well as the naval, so let's draw them. The wrist off the arm and hand is going to be found in the lower third off the fourth segment. I recommend you draw the models like this for a while to get used to it. A very useful objects to help you improve figure drawing proportions is a wooden mannequin model like this. Now that the figure is complete, I'm going to draw over the construction, giving the figure a human leaking tour. - And there we have it. That's reform to the next lesson, where we will learn the proportions for a teenager 4. Figure Drawing Proportions The Teen: hello and the previous lesson. We've learned the figure proportions over a six year old child, and we've learned that the child's head off that age fits six times into the body height and about twice in the whip. In this case, the child grew up into a teenager or 15 years old. Now we know that there are teenagers who are shorter and teenagers who are told at this age . When we need to know, is that on average, the head over teenager fits seven times and 1/2 into the heart of the body and twice in the with. So that being said doesn't want to drawing the subject. I'm starting just like before, but drawing the particle, drawing the head and measuring the rest of the body. - Now that I've established the measurements, I'm going to draw the teen's body by using the same simple shapes. I'm starting with the neck, lowering it down to the shoulder line, which can be found in the third off the second segment. Now that we have the shoulder line in, I'm going to draw the rectangle representing the torso. The bottom line off the second segment represents the nipples. After doing the torso. I'm going to go ahead and roll the middle and the hips. The bottom of the third segment marks the naval in the bottom off. The fourth segment marks the crotch area in Naval the crotch area. I'm going to continue growing in the legs by keeping the shapes simple. Middle of the sixth segment represents the knees. The seventh represents the lower legs in the last half represents the ankles and feet. Uh, I'm going to go ahead and draw the arms as well. Just like the knees. I'm going to draw two circles or shoulders. Like so. The elbow line is represented by the middle off the third segment, just like before. I'm going to add more detail to my figure in order to make it look more human and we're done. Let's jump into the last lesson off this course and find out the proportions for an adult 5. Figure Drawing Proportions The Adult: Hello there. And welcome to the last lesson where we are going to go over the old figure for both male and female now that the teenager has grown into an adult and unfortunately, cannot get any taller. On average, the masculine hand is going to fit eight times into the height of the body and almost three times in the whip do and 2/3 to be precise. So let's see what he looks like after measuring and establishing the height and the width off the figure, we're going to draw the rest of it by using the same simple shapes. - Now that the figure is drone, I'm going to contour the figure and explain the proportions is I go here. We have hit she Let's give our guys. So I started, like before with Nick. I've established shoulder line, which is 1/3 off the second segment and the chest, which is one head and 1/2 wide. The bottom off the second segment is represented by the nipples. We need to always remember that the distance between nipples is one head, so let's to find those the shoulder with Nick. He's just should be going somewhere here growing for um, under the muscle. Here, the line is a little bit Kurt via So as I moved onto the third section, which is marking the middle off the figure, I need to know that the waste is a little wider than one head when it comes to the male adult. At the bottom of the segment, we have the neighbor, which is on the same level, with the elbows moving on to the fourth segment, which is represented by the hips and the rest of the arms. The bottom line year is represented by the crotch area, which is found on 1/3 off the fifth section right here. So let's drawing the hips go. There is Quist the fingers. In the fifth and sixth segment, I'm going to do the upper legs, which will gently curved inwards along with the A tent. You must mean things off more muscular. Then he knows, and we've reached the knee area, which is found at the middle off the sixth section starting here. There it ends at the bottom. In the last two segments, we have the lower part of the legs, ankles and feet. The distance between the coughs is one head. So what we could do to make sure the proportion will be great? We can roll truth, great lines from the nipples down to mark the distance you wanted finding the shape collegues. That's the finding of shape a little bit and there we have it. While the Master Ling head fits eight times into his body hide The average feminine figures here is 7.5 times smaller than the total height and measures to your heads in with solids dropper. I'm gonna start like before drawing a vertical. I'm continuing with the measurements. Then I'm going to construct my figure about rolling simple shapes first. At this point, the construction doesn't differ much from the mill construction. As I finished controlling the figure, I take notes that the feminine nipples are going to be situated lower than the male ones just under the second section. While the breasts are found 1/3 lower in the third section. The arms are not as muscular as the masculine figure, either moving on to the middle part, which is marked by the bottom line off the herd section, along with the elbow line. It's important to know that the feminine waste is one head wide. The naval is a tree that slightly under the third section, moving on to the foot section representing the hips, which are slightly widen, and the males hips. The bottom line marks the crotch area. In the fifth section withdrew the crotch, which is 1/3 off the fifth segment, also marking the wrists. The feminine upper legs are slightly curving inwards. The sixth section is represented by the upper legs, curving inwards, while the bottom line is marked by the bottom. The knees. The last two segments are represented by the lower legs, ankles and feet, and there is our women and figure. So let's move on to the final project. 6. Figure Drawing Proportions Practical: Now that we've established the high proportions for these stage stages, let's go on and roll the adult figure, masculine and family has seen from the front side profile and back, making use of simple shapes in the beginning and adding the features bringing that subject to light. First, I will be drawing the male adult figure. Then if you know one, okay, - and that is done, a quick sketch of the feminine and masculine figure has seen from the front side and back. I will be a catching a clearer version off the figures at the end of the video, along with the markings to help you practice. Remember not to focus on the detail, but the proportions and the simple shapes that construct the body. Thank you for joining me this video. And if you have any questions, please be sure to ask in the discussions below 7. Figure Drawing Proportions Conclusion: congratulations on completing the course. Little by little, we learn how to grow a skill. I do hope my lessons have been helpful and inspiring for you to continue to learn about throwing the human figure as it is so captivating and express it. If you did enjoy the scores, please be sure to follow me for upcoming courses or to check out the previous ones. Thank you so much for joining me, and I wish you all the best.