How to Draw Proportions in Children

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In real life, the body of a child is proportioned in a very specific way. Capture those proportions on paper in a drawing with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy, I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw proportions in children. So you're going to start with the head. And the head is going to be a circle, and it's going to be bigger than we would draw an adult's head compared to their body. Couple lines for the neck. Couple circles to make a cylinder for the body. Lines for the legs just for the moment. And for the arms to make it kind of simple. Now the difference between children and adults is that their heads are quite big compared to their body, and their legs and arms are still growing. So they're going to be short as well. So let's fill in. Triangles for the feet. Some little shorts. Following the lines that we made. We're going to draw in the arms. And then really simple hands. Now it changes depending on how old you want your child to be. But generally until they become a teenager, their heads are going to be kind of big to the rest of their body. So if we're going to draw an adult right next to this guy, just really simply. Let's draw a square head with a thicker neck. Same cylinder shape for the body, longer legs, arms a bit longer, and everything is just more proportionate to each part. Depends on everyone, everyone is very different, but in general, this part is the same as this part, and this part is half of this part. Whereas for a kid, we're going to do little difference, and the head is almost as big as the body. So there we go. My name is Daisy, and that's how you draw children in proportion.

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