In this 2.5 hour demo, I take you through my whole process of a figure drawing. Start with carefully measuring basic shapes to find the proportions and composition. From the basic shapes, construct the anatomical forms as we learned in the mannequinization lesson. Then prepare for shading by mapping in the shadows…
Robert Beverly Hale used the size of the cranium as the unit for measuring human proportions instead of the height of the head. This method is preferred by many artists because it aligns with skeletal landmarks and it is more reliable when actually drawing a figure in a pose.
Dr. Paul Richer’s “Artistic Anatomy” presents a scientific system for an average European male as measured by Anthropologists. He uses the height of the head as 1 unit and says that the average person is 7.5 heads tall. In this video we explore his method of measuring proportions of the human body.
Throughout history artists have depicted the human form not as the average, but as the ideal. We find beauty and grace in length. So, in artwork, it’s more common for figures to be 8 or more heads tall rather than 7.5. Let’s take a looks at Loomis’ Ideal Proportions.