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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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LANDMARKS & PROPORTION: HEAD WIDTH

While it is possible to exactly translate a subject into a drawing through careful observation, a little understanding about the object will help you know what to look for. The more you understand, the better your observations will be. Although people come in all shapes and sizes, everyone’s body structure is relatively proportional. A large bodybuilder and a short horse jockey both stand roughly seven and a half heads tall if you use their head height as a measure. The proportion of the muscular man’s skeletal structure is the same as the jockey’s, it’s just larger.

Knowing this, you can plot out landmarks on the body using the point-to-point technique. But first you need to establish a relative unit of measure ...

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