Step-by-step: Inventing figures with correct proportions
1 Before sketching, I solidify the pose I want in my imagination. The mind is surprisingly good at recalling realistic proportions. It’s how we create normallooking humans in our dreams. If I can imagine a pose well, sketching it will be just a matter of fine-tuning what’s in my mind, using head length measurements.
2 It’s good practice to hold off on drawing clothes until after the figure is correctly established. Think of it like building a house: making the outside look nice won’t mean anything if the foundation isn’t strong and the essential problems haven’t been solved yet. If it’s a weak structure, the entire thing will collapse.
3 Once the problems of proportion and how clothes and armour fit over body parts are solved, you’re free to render and detail without worrying if the drawing will be off. Some artists jump to this stage too soon, creating figures that are heavily detailed but with wonky proportions and anatomy. It pays to be patient!