Artist Q&A

How to paint icy cav­erns, fe­male pi­rates, heavy rain, land­scapes (fun­gal or oth­er­wise), crea­tures and more.

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Hous­ton replies Draw­ing fig­ures with cor­rect pro­por­tions boils down to mem­o­ris­ing a few key mea­sure­ment com­par­isons and body part align­ments. Us­ing the height of the head as a stan­dard unit of mea­sure­ment is the most use­ful, and most uni­ver­sally used, way to main­tain pro­por­tions when cre­at­ing fig­ures.

The stan­dard hu­man height is mea­sured at about eight heads tall. The land­mark break­down of the torso – start­ing from the top of the head and mov­ing down­wards – is as fol­lows: top of head to bot­tom of chin; chin to nip­ples; nip­ples to belly but­ton; belly but­ton to pu­bic bone. From there, we move down two heads to the bot­tom of the knee, and fi­nally two heads more to the soles of the feet.

This is the most ba­sic of break­downs, but there are many oth­ers that are use­ful when you’re in­vent­ing your own fig­ures. Study­ing anatomy books and photos of mod­els in stan­dard stand­ing poses is the best way to learn all of the size com­par­isons and align­ments through­out the body.

Us­ing the head as a unit of mea­sure­ment and com­par­ing nat­u­ral align­ment points through­out the body, we can cre­ate a fig­ure that is pro­por­tioned cor­rectly.

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