Learning to Draw: The Proportions of People

Bethany Lindell, Author & Artist

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8 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. The Artist's Stick Figure

    • 3. Building the Body

    • 4. The Head

    • 5. Variations: Male & Female

    • 6. Variations: Posing Your Figure

    • 7. Class Project

    • 8. In Closing

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About This Class

Figures are some of the most difficult subjects an artist can tackle in drawing. Not only are the shapes complex, but adding in expression and attitude drastically changes a person's image from drawing to drawing. So where do you begin learning to draw such a complicated subject?


Proportions are the ratios between our body parts and features and while each person is visually different, our proportions follow the same general rules across the field. Knowing these relationships will help you know where to place certain parts of the body by looking at coordinating parts.

In this class you will learn:

  • the proportions of the human body
  • how to structure the head
  • the differences between the male and female body structure
  • and the different joints in the body and how to manipulate them

Our special guest today, Manny Q. Quinn, also provides you with reference material for your class project and general practicing.

Class Resources Mentioned:

Sketchdaily Reference - http://reference.sketchdaily.net/imageViewer

Marcus J. Ranum - stock photographer found on Deviantart

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