A Few Tips for Drawing Humans

I mentioned these to someone online earlier today, and I thought they might be things not a lot of people know, so I thought I’d post them here to share. Here are some ways to help you get the proper proportions when drawing human figures:

—>People are almost always between 6-8 head-lengths tall. That is, however big their head is, repeat that size 6 or 7 more times down their body to get their height.

—>If you divide your figure up into head-lengths, the waist should usually fall at the line between the 3rd and 4th head-length.

—>When the person is standing straight, the elbows should line up with the waist, and the wrists about with the top leg joints. You can use those spaces on the torso to measure for the length of the arms if you have the arms positioned differently.

—>The arm span from fingertip to fingertip when outstretched is approximately equal to the person’s height.

—>The foot is the length of the forearm, or vice versa.

—>The eyes are one eye-width apart.

—>When looking straight ahead, the corners of the mouth line up with the pupils.

—>If you go around the head, ears are placed between the tip of the nose and the edge of the eyebrow.

—>The length of the hand should be approximately equal to the length between the tip of the chin and between or just above the eyebrows, or vice versa.

I’ll also direct you to Posemaniacs, which is a great resource for anatomy and weight distribution. While they’re not always 100% accurate, it’s pretty cool to be able to rotate them around and get different perspectives.

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