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24-09-07, 22:22
Hello everyone! :wve:

I have been trying out drawing random things, and one thing that I like to draw is people. Normally I draw Anime-styled, but that's because I find it really hard to have the correct proportions. [With Anime characters I like to say that they have "chaotic proportions"].
But still, I have tried to draw one with "okay" proportions. I cannot figure out what is wrong with this, but I have been trying to decide.. I noticed that I had some trouble with the right shoulder [the left one in the picture]. I coulnd't find out what length/size it should be to look correct.
What do you think it is that makes this looks so weird?

This was done 100%, from scratch, in Photoshop CS3:
There are two versions, one that is the original, and another with the "Smudge Stick" filter applied.

Original (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/Izzie404/drawing-12.jpg)
Filtered [Smudge Stick] (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/Izzie404/drawing-12-filteredcopy.jpg)

24-09-07, 22:30
As far as proportions go, once you get them in your head, they're easy to follow. These might not be correct though since I'm writing from memory:

- Both shoulders should be 2 heads length for men and one and a half (more or less) for women.
- The length of the neck is half head.
- The arms go to more or less, half of the thighs and the elbows are at the waist.

The rest I just go with the flow I guess...the torso is more or less two heads I think.

As far as your drawing goes:
The main issue I see is the boobs, they're too low IMO. Her left shoulder seems a bit too big proportion wise and her face seems too round, shapeless.

As far as anime-ish goes... depends on what you see as anime proportions, some are quite realistic and IMO it's always good to go first for realism and then for style.

24-09-07, 22:32
I made this about a year ago: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=61889

It tells you how to construct a basic human figure using a technique that many artists use. Lots of people think that you just draw people as a 'whole', but in truth, you construct them from basic lines and shapes, adding detail as you go.

Along with the advice Dollie has given, I hope this might help you :)

24-09-07, 22:37
I made this about a year ago: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=61889

And that's mainly what taught me proportions :D

24-09-07, 23:30
Yea, that link really helped. One thing that I don't do often is a basic skeleton first, and I'm trying to change that.. [I drew a Fawn during History class, and it looked really cool, but it was on the back of my test, so I had to erase it] lol..

hahaha.. I tried to do a new [quickie] drawing, and it turned out pretty funky. The bloody proportions!! :p When I draw, it just...doesn't turn out right.. lol

linky (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/Izzie404/Drawing9-25.jpg)

2nd edit:
I tried using the primary model that was given in the other thread, and work off of that. I just felt like doing a cloaked figure [saves time :p]

linky 2 (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/Izzie404/Drawing-ModelUsed-7copy.jpg)