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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?


Feedback from Vladimir London, Anatomy Master Class tutor

Hi William,

Many thanks for your question.

Yes, you need to watch the video about figure proportions once again.

When you start drawing a standing figure, make sure you apply the following main proportions of the human body:

1. Divide the total height of the body in half – this would be at the level of the hip joints.

2. Divide both halves of the figure once again in half. The upper half-mark will be the middle of the chest. The lower one is the knee joint area.

How to measure proportions of a human body

3. Divide the upper quarter in half; this would give you 1/8. Now, make the very top section a bit bigger—this would be the head, about 7 to 7.5 times of the height of the body.

4. It’s time to apply the proportion you so well quoted: “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.”

How to measure proportions of a human body

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
Vladimir London


I have enrolled in the Anatomy Master Class already in January 2018.
Thank you Vladimir, I have learned a lot so far.
I need to learn a LOT more and practice even more.
Kind regards
Gerhard Prinsloo


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