BUT NO in all seriousness, thank you! You’re a sweetheart! ;O; Proportions are pretty awful to get down when you’re just starting out, and while there are a bunch of ways you can start practicing with it, it’ll be difficult to be absolutely precise. I still struggle with proportions occasionally. Fun fact: I don’t post all of my work. I only post the work that turned out okay aHA. So basically don’t be frustrated when every single piece doesn’t turn out. Here are a few tips.
Let’s use this picture of Laurence and Hugh because why not.
They’ve both got eyes, a nose, and a mouth, so why do they look different?
These lines are the generic way of mapping out where to put things together. I used this when I was starting out and it’s a helpful way of getting your hand and wrist to work together. At this point they both nearly look the same. I say this a lot, but I think it’s important: shape is what puts a drawing together.
Compare features of the face to help you figure out placement.
The bottom of his ear lines up right to the middle of his nostril. His tear ducts line up right at the corners of his mouth. Then you can get super technical and say, oh, the outer corner of his eye lines up with that fold in his collar and then from there you can see other things like the approximate distance from the edge of his mouth to that connecting line from the eye to the collar. They don’t meet so his mouth is smaller than the width of his eyes, etc, etc. Whatever works, man.
This is a favorite technique of mine so lemme use another example:
Eventually you get to the point where most of your proportional accuracy will come from just looking. You will eventually adjust your eye to see what makes a person who they are by the shape of their features.
Laurence has narrow, oval shaped eyes, while Hugh has more of a diamond shape. Not everyone has perfect almond shaped eyes. You can capture an entire character personality through their eyes alone, so shaping them out is extremely important.
The way you draw your lines is also important. Sharp and smooth lines will give your drawing personality. Reveals the character, in a sense.
Other things to consider: the shape of the nose.
Mads’ is flat and goes down in a steady slope, while Hugh’s juts out in a smooth, almost concave curve.
SHAPES SHAPES SHAPES. Use shapes and structure to find proportion.
I did a lot more than I anticipated omg. Oh gosh and I have a feeling I kinda just rambled and didn’T MAKE ANY SENSE AH. Let me know if you need more help or if I was speaking gibberish I am so bad at putting my thoughts into words aHHHH. But gosh I hope this was at least vaguely helpful. You’re a darling and thank you for your kind words!
Good luck on your artistic endeavors! /hugs
ho-ho-holy crap Lauren this is *amazing*. I thank the anon for asking this because I have the same problem and this is SO HELPFUL OuO
FAVING AND SAVING THIS FOREVER BECAUSE WOWEE.
lmao @ jack the art guru
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Ivvve learned how to draw everywhere XD I dont even know what “Self taught” means to be honest like….I was self taught for the most part all the way until high school. But I did have a mandatory art class that encouraged me to draw? I learned from drawing books back then. When I got to high school I took both digital and traditional art classes. And then I went to a 2 year college for a degree in Studio Art (basically, fine art).
The classes were ok and helped point me in the right direction and open new doors for me, especially with color and trying different styles, and the figure drawing class was helpful. But really that just points you in a direction, most of the work you’re gonna have to do on your own. Most of what I learned about the ACTUAL SKILL of drawing or painting could probably be found in a book. I do not regret it though, as my teachers did point me in good directions, give me awesome advice, and they were very kind! I also took a lot of digital art classes while I was there which I enjoyed as well, even if a lot of the stuff I knew from high school.
So Ive learned how to draw everywhere. On line, books (though not so many books, cuz a lot of the really good ones are rather expensive). Youtube is a big help cuz theres a lot of professionals and really good artists giving awesome advice.
Here are some of the channels I’m subbed to
Honestly I cant believe FZD exists as a channel. It was the first channel that really got me to stop being scared to paint environments, and encouraged me to jump in and start experimenting and thinking. Its run by Feng Zhu, who is a professional concept artist, as well as the founder of a school for teaching the craft, and a teacher there. He uploads lectures and lessons on line for FREE.
And just observation of the people that inspire me, and a lot of practice. I get a lot of inspiration from animation and movement and expression. Organic shapes. I know I need to work more on solid things like buildings, cities, rooms, props. Thats where I need to start learning more next.