How To Draw A Person Standing

How To Draw A Person Standing

This video shows an easy way to draw a well proportioned person in standing position. It shows step-by-step instructions on how to measure perfectly using head heights.

Hi, my names is Corey. I teach at the Insight Arts School in North London, and I'm going to show you some drawing exercises that you might like to try. I'm going to show you how to draw a figure standing up in proportion.

First, I'm going to decide where I want the figure to fit onto the piece of paper. I can then divide that space up into head heights. So if I measure here, that's the height of the head, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and about a half.

So I can divide this into seven-and-a-half. Then, say one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and a half. So we make the head.

I can then put the head in, which is an egg like so, and put a line going straight down so that the figure is standing, facing me straight. One head down, one, then two comes to the end of the sleeves. So, at the end of the sleeves, it needs to be back here.

So the neck, down like that, then the sleeves there, neck, shoulders, sleeves. This one is a bit further down in there. The waist is one, two, three, four, one, two, three four, so I'm aiming for the waist for the t-shirt to be here.

So I can now fit the t-shirt in like so. There's the t-shirt between there, the end of the shorts if that was four, five, six and a bit. So the end of the shorts which is here, one there, one there and when they are in line almost to the outside of the body, shorts fit in here and here.

Then the v-shape in the center is here and here. Hands come down about one head height further down on the end of the t-shirt. So the hands come down here.

People often draw the arms and the hands too short. There, there, like so, and the hand comes around and goes behind the figure there, and then this arm comes down to here, around the hand. I'm just going to suggest the hand of a bit of a loop for where the sum is and it goes behind the body again.

And then the legs still coming down on the same angle; the toes are in line with the outside of the hands like so; the feet coming towards me. So I'm just going to draw what I really see. I don't want to draw a long foot if the foot that's coming towards me, so all I can see is a shape that looks something like that, and on this side, foot comes down and comes out.

Might see a shape that looks like that. And so, I took the height of the head, I measured how many times the head goes into the whole height of the figure. I then divided my picture into seven-and-a-half.

Some people might be six, six-and-a-half, seven; some people might be eight, so you have to check each person individually. I then started plotting out, what is one head down? What's two heads down? What's three heads down? Then I started working at what was in line vertically and what's in line horizontally. And so, that's how I make a drawing of a person standing using line and proportion. .