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Figure Drawing in Proportion by Michael Massen

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Head Width, Depth and Height

The head and face are so engaging in an artwork that it’s easy to pay them too much attention at first, neglecting the proportion and composition of your drawing. Avoid this by trying to view the head, at least at first, as any other body part that makes up the figure. Having cemented its proper placement and size in the beginning, you will find you have much more time to devote to its details later.

The following comparison methods are good ways to relate the size of the head to other, relatively distant areas of the body.

Head-Foot Comparison

Forget about the heels, and find the height of the head quickly (or vice ...

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