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Tan replies

Draw­ing a fore­short­ened hu­man fig­ure re­lies on the same ba­sic prin­ci­ples as draw­ing boxes in per­spec­tive. You can start off by draw­ing the artist man­nequin from dif­fer­ent an­gles, be­cause the form of a man­nequin is sim­pli­fied.

A strong grasp of anatomy is needed to re­al­is­ti­cally de­pict a hu­man in a top-down view from scratch, al­though photo ref­er­ences can help. In this ex­am­ple, how­ever, I’m con­struct­ing a fig­ure from scratch, us­ing a more anime style, which is con­ducive to ex­ag­ger­ated fore­short­en­ing.

I start off by brows­ing images for in­spi­ra­tion, and set­tle on the idea of a char­ac­ter look­ing up from a stair­case, due to its po­ten­tial visual in­ter­est. I then draft out the environment in per­spec­tive and rough out a char­ac­ter in that environment.

For a more ac­cu­rate fig­ure draw­ing, I’d mea­sure out the pro­por­tions and di­vide the per­spec­tive guide for the fig­ure ac­cord­ingly. But I chose not to do so for this one, to save time. I go over the rough with a cleaner sketch and then ren­der the scene in full.

I of­ten use the Liquify tool and re­paint bits and pieces of the char­ac­ter half­way through.

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