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How to measure proportions of a human body?

How to measure proportions of a human body?

Question from William, Anatomy Master Class student

When I attempt to do an “eight head figure,” my proportions are thrown off.

This one in particular:
“The distance between the toes and the top edge of the kneecap is the same as the distance from that top edge of the kneecap to the iliac crest. This is also the same as the distance from the pubis to the pit of the neck.”

I either make a figure with proportions longer than eight heads, or an eight head figure without proportions; I am confused.

How to measure proportions of a human body?

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Beautiful anatomical artworks by Nunzio Paci – 2016

Beautiful anatomical artworks by Nunzio Paci – 2016

“In search of a balance between reality and imagination”

Artworks by Nunzio Paci, a visual artist from Italy

Here’s what Nunzio Paci says about his original art:
“My intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.”

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Gesture drawing

Gesture drawing

Question from Judy

What do you think about the “gesture drawing” practice?

In the past I took a few figure drawing classes with nude models, where hours were devoted to “gesture drawing”, with poses changing every 30 or 60 seconds. The longest poses would last 20 minutes. Do you think “gesture drawing” is a good exercise for the beginners or intermediate students? …

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How to draw figures in perspective

Question from Jack, Anatomy Master Class student

Hello Vladimir,

I will start by summing up my question: is there an absolute method to map a rectangle of given proportions in perspective? Or does this involve some approximations by eye?

This question come up as I am going through Andrew Loomis’s book “figure drawing for all its worth” and have become stuck on a section about perspective…

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How to learn figurative drawing

How to learn figurative drawing

Question from Darrell

Is drawing self-portraits considered drawing from life?

When I draw from reference or from anatomy books, what method is good for trying to memorize the pose or body part? Should I also get into other mixed media or just stick to drawing with graphite pencil? …

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Manga Studio 5

Manga Studio 5

Question from Nishant

I saw a review of Manga Studio 5. It was praised for drawing excellent for people with bad drawing. Is it for real? …

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