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Proportions: 7.5 Heads by theThirdCartel Proportions: 7.5 Heads by theThirdCartel
Seven and a half heads can look more realistic than eight; guess not everyone is endowed with ideal proportions. ;-)

Very gratifying to experience how the limbs fit together like puzzle pieces simply by keeping some simple numbers in mind.
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:iconjeantinehobbit:
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great technique!
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Gookins Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang, this point technique really helped me out. I was torturing myself for a while with proportions, i even had a similar idea to this at some point but forgot to test it out :snowing:.

It really helps to simplify the length of forms to heads like this and then just place some dots in the right proportions to connect.
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Glad to hear. 8-) There are many ways to establish proportion, but this one is very easy to remember.
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Gookins Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now im at the point where i just need to get down some basic proportions to not distort the character too much. Like you said, it's very satisfying to get it right for a change :thumbsup:
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:icondragonflame123:
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can you help me draw *Shudders* in heads?
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
You mean cut off a head and use its bloody stump to draw? ;)
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:icondragonflame123:
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh har har. No I mean in measurements
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I'm only a beginner, but if you have a specific question, I'll try my best to answer. :)
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:icondragonflame123:
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Can you help me master anatomy for both sexes?
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I'm working on anatomy myself, so don't know how much help I can offer. All my notes are here: [link] ; perhaps you'll find them useful. 8-)
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They are very nice but to me, they're too.... Stiff. Well, I'm studying to become a cartoonist so my anatomy preferences will be different from yours. I appreciate it though. Do you know any cartoonists who reply to comments? (You'd be surprised to how many ignore comment :( )
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
No prob; cartoons are not really my thing though, so I don't know any cartoonists. Good luck. :)
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FranciscaSantos Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, proportions are so hard to learn! I can't draw babys because of them X)
These simple forms really helps me, positions stay easier.
Awesome, this teach me a lot of things!
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theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Glad you find this helpful. 8-) Don't fret, children are really hard to draw!
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:iconpyroturtlezx:
PyroTurtleZX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
So I'm not very technical with my drawings so i hope you don't mind me asking a question.
How do you maintain a proper proportion with dynamic poses.
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theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I put down the joints (the red dots) first using the proportions from the little figure on the left of the chart, taking into account foreshortening as best as I can (I spent some time earlier this year studying perspective--it really pays off.) I almost always use reference (bcuz meh skillz suk), so before the limbs are added, I check the joint positions against the ref. The match doesn't have to be exact, as long as the action is lively and clear, and the proportions not distorted. Another way is to start with the gesture, then check the gesture against the proportions in your head and what the ref looks like. Hope this helps!
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PyroTurtleZX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thank you this helps plenty. Hopefully I can get a better grasp at this.
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Fehnwrites Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always feel like 8 is just too much. This is nice :3
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:iconthethirdcartel:
theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Glad you like it. B-) I've seen people use 8 1/2. :eyepopping:
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AngelicMisery Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how I judge heads is by the height of the character, keeping in mind the average human head is about 9 inches that way my proportions can stay correct throughout various heights without everyone being 7-8 heads high.

But the 7 1/2 is a good starter point definitely. I like how you've compiled this. It's definitely a good help to people wanting to better their sense of proportion <3
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theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I agree that sometimes the total height is a better gauge, especially for characters with bigger heads (e.g. children.) It's fun also to see how much distortion the figure can undergo and still look "right".
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:iconangelicmisery:
AngelicMisery Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is very true. Distorting the figure while keeping it believably proportionate is probably the most fun part of it all. <3
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PyroTurtleZX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I really need to make a better effort to learn proper proportions.
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theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Don't we all! :faint: It's one of these tedious-to-learn things that really pay off, though, so it's worth the effort.
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Annamoon77 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool :-)
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theThirdCartel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Thanks! :D
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