Drawing people is a complicated drawing subject, but like any other drawing subject it can be divided into a series of simpler steps and achieved successfully.
Drawing people includes portrait drawing and figure drawing. Portrait drawing includes drawing the human head, the face features and hair. Figure drawing includes the drawing of the torso, arms, legs and the body posture.
Proportion is a key lesson in drawing people – both head and body. Even if you draw cartoons and you intend to create an exaggerated and disproportional figure on purpose, you should be familiar with the “normal” proportions rules.
Proportions for People Drawings
The simplest way to draw a proportional face is by:
1. Drawing an ellipse.
2. Draw a vertical line in the middle and divide it in half lengthwise.
3. Divide the ellipse to six equal parts by drawing three horizontal lines in equal distances.
Now you can mark the face features: the eyes will be drawn in the middle at the two upper parts, the nose – above the central line, the ears parallel to the nose and drawn in both sides of the ellipsis, and the mouth – in the middle of the bottom part.
The proportion between the body and head are 7–8:1, i.e. the body length of an adult standing up is about 7 times the length of the head. Of course, these proportions represent the average person, and you can draw people of different sizes.