How to Draw in Proportion

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Drawing in proportion requires mapping out the human body as anatomically correct as possible, using the relationship between body parts as a reference for spacing out everything correctly. Draw a proportionate human figure with instructions from a professional cartoonist in this free video on drawing lessons.

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Hi, I'm Bill Connolly, your cartoonist and artist extraordinaire, with how to draw in proportion. When I drew caricatures at Disney World, we used to draw like huge heads, and I'll just draw a sample. Everything was really out of proportion. You'd draw a guy with a tiny little body, and he would be doing his favorite hobby or sport, which might be rollerskating, but really, his head is about as big as his body there. If you draw a real proportion of a man, it's probably closer to something like this. Here's your basic layout of a human. Hands are there, feet are here, and the head is certainly not as big as the body, there's a big difference there, so I need to go in, and fill in the, I'll just make a cartoon face on him, but proportion wise, it's a little more in tune with reality, and there he is there, so normal proportion, and proportion of a caricature, so that's how to draw in proportion. I'm Bill Connolly, your cartoonist and artist extraordinaire, just try to be observant and look what you're seeing out there when you draw it, and you should be able to draw in proportion too. Thanks for watching.

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