Proportions of the human form


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Tutorial on how to draw a face.

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  • Please don’t remove head nor tail slides. Thank you. All slides licensed to Chiew N Pang.
  • Answers (from top, clockwise): hair, forehead, eyelid, ear, cheek, lower lip, chin, upper lip, jaw, nose, eye, pupil, eyebrow
  • Please don’t remove head nor tail slides. Thank you. All slides licensed to Chiew N Pang.
  • Proportions of the human form

    1. 1. Chiew N Pang José Alberto Rivero Sources: Wikimedia Commons & Flickr
    2. 2. P of R O P O R T I O N S
    3. 3. The Human Form
    4. 4. Please note that all proportions are based on the “idealised” human figure
    5. 5. The average human figure is about 7 to 7.5 heads tall
    6. 7. Sometimes, proportions are exaggerated for artistic effect Notice the length of the neck Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus
    7. 8. 7
    8. 9. 5 ½
    9. 10. A young child is about 5 to 6 heads tall
    10. 11. 4 ½
    11. 12. The younger the child is, the bigger the head is in proportion to the rest of the body
    12. 13. Image:
    13. 14. The Head
    14. 15. The eyes are separated by the width of an eye The head can be divided into 3 equal parts: - The forehead - From the bottom of the forehead to the bottom of the nose - From the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin Image: Joelle Maslaton
    15. 16. Image: The younger a person is, the lower the eye-level line
    16. 17. The height of the ear is roughly equal to the distance from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the eye Image: Joelle Maslaton
    17. 18. Image: Joelle Maslaton The head is between 4 and 5 eyes wide The width of the nose is the same as the width of the eyes The width of the mouth is equal to the distance between the pupils
    18. 19. The fingertips of the hand reach the middle of the thigh The forearm (from the wrist to the elbow) is equal to the upper arm (shoulder – elbow) The length of the forearm is equal to the length of the foot
    19. 20. How to draw a face 1. Draw an oval shape 2. Draw a straight line down the centre of the head 3. Divide the oval shape into 3 equal horizontal parts leaving a slight gap at the top, which will be the hairline 4. Observe the lines for the eyes and mouth 5. Draw the eyes (taking into account face width = 5 eyes) 6. Draw the nose 7. Upper lip 8. Lower lip 9. Draw the ears 10. The eyebrows 11. Hairline 12. Top part of the hair and the jaw 13. The chin 13. Draw lines for the eyelids and cheeks 14. Erase the extra ‘alignment’ lines Now, check your work against the grid, and make necessary corrections
    20. 21. Label this face
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    22. 23. Draw a face over this grid Worksheet (