Drawing the Human Figure – Research

I have been researching into how to correctly measure human proportions as it is something I struggle with when drawing from imagination. I have some images below which I have taken from a great tutorial page on the subject. Here is a link to the page : Drawing Human Figures in CorrectProportions

Best thing I have found related to the subject online. It brings in a lot of what Michael has been showing us in class; especially the topics on perspective.



This image below is taken from an amazing book named ‘Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth’ by Andrew Loomis (first published 1943) This is very clear, precise teaching in relation to drawing the figure in perspective, something a lot of beginning artists can struggle with; especially me!

There is also a free online PDF file available here, for anyone wanting to take a look at the whole book. 🙂 Enjoy!


Drawing the Human Figure: Getting the Proportions Right : Heres another link to a useful article I found in relation to drawing the human proportions correctly; simple and precise.

The Vitruvian Man – Leonardo Da Vinci


“This Leonardo Da Vinci drawing is accompanied by notes that give a series of ideal measurements for the human body, based on the Roman architect Vitruvius works. For example:

  • The length of the outspread arms is equal to the height of a man, hence the square that surrounds the figure.
  • The length of the hand is one-tenth of the height of a man.”  – excerpt from ‘Drawing the Human Figure: Getting the Proportions Right’ (Link can be found above)

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