How to Draw a Person to Scale

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When drawing a person to scale you want to make sure their bodies are proportioned correctly. Draw a person to scale with help from an artist who teaches art to children and adults in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Patricia. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a person to scale. Alright so let's start out with the head, make an oval for the head, nice and easy, two lines for the neck and then we make the torso which is an upside down trapezoid. Remember the shoulders are wider than the waist so your lines get thinner as they go down and then the hip bone is about half the torso so we're going to do another trapezoid right under and again the lines go out because you're wider at the legs. And here's your upper leg, your upper legs and then your lower legs are about the same length as your upper legs. They're getting a little thinner so you draw the rectangles a little thinner and then you have the seat which again are you know, kind of a square shape. Alright and then you have the arms, again I'm just doing rectangles and usually the arms, the upper and lower are about the same length again and the hand falls to about midway through the upper leg. Alright, again, oops, see here we're going to do the other side. So you you have a human body and this is all broken down into shapes so that you can see how it's laid out. Now in general, it's about one, you know what, I'm messing up here. In general we have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Alright, in general it's about seven heads, the measurement and I know that my heads aren't exactly the same size but you have one head up top and then another two in the torso area and then another head in the waist area and then about three heads in the legs and feet area. So that gives you a general idea of how your person is going to be laid out. So here you have it, a person to scale, enjoy.


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