Canon of Proportion
Learning how to depict the human form.
Canon of Proportion
Ancient Egyptian DaVinci
Varies According to Purpose
DaVinc
Neck = ½ head from chin
to clavicle
Torso = 3 heads
(3.5 from back)
Thigh to Knee = 2 heads
Calf to Ankle = 2 heads
8 ¾ he...
Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale)
1. Begin with the head .
2. Then, a vertical line to mark center axis:
The head is the unit o...
Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale)
1. Begin with the head .
The head is the unit of
measurement. [8 ¾ heads]
Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale)
2. Pay attention to size
comparisons as you draw!
From the vertical axis,
work from the cente...
Use the Canon as Inspiration
Spoof A Famous Artwork
You’ll need to find a copy
of a famous painting.
Then Plan how you can...
Use the Canon as Inspiration
Tell a Story
Think of a situation—either
humorous or serious—in
which to embed the canon.
For...
Ideas to build on:
Muscle man Contest
Superman
Boxers
Cave man
Fire Eater
Statue in a Museum
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion
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Introducing the Human Figure through Canon of Proportion

  1. 1. Canon of Proportion Learning how to depict the human form.
  2. 2. Canon of Proportion Ancient Egyptian DaVinci
  3. 3. Varies According to Purpose DaVinc
  4. 4. Neck = ½ head from chin to clavicle Torso = 3 heads (3.5 from back) Thigh to Knee = 2 heads Calf to Ankle = 2 heads 8 ¾ heads tall (6’ 4”) Hogarth’s Canon
  5. 5. Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale) 1. Begin with the head . 2. Then, a vertical line to mark center axis: The head is the unit of measurement. [8 ¾ heads] From the vertical axis, work from the center of the figure out
  6. 6. Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale) 1. Begin with the head . The head is the unit of measurement. [8 ¾ heads]
  7. 7. Enlarge the Canon (2x Scale) 2. Pay attention to size comparisons as you draw! From the vertical axis, work from the center of the figure--out
  8. 8. Use the Canon as Inspiration Spoof A Famous Artwork You’ll need to find a copy of a famous painting. Then Plan how you can incorporate the Canon into the painting: for a spoof to work, you have to maintain the recognizability of the artwork AND the canon.
  9. 9. Use the Canon as Inspiration Tell a Story Think of a situation—either humorous or serious—in which to embed the canon. For example—the canon could be a statue in a museum, an Egyptian Pharaoh, a surfer, or in this case “Urban Cowboy”…. Find references to help you.
  10. 10. Ideas to build on: Muscle man Contest Superman Boxers Cave man Fire Eater Statue in a Museum

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