Illuminating Loomis

A daily examination and reproduction of the works found in Andrew Loomis’s art instruction book, “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth.”

Day Five: Various Standards of Proportion

Moving on to the various standards of proportion for the male figure (page 28), Loomis explains that the standard and idealistic figures tend to look unexciting and frumpy. He points out that fashion designers typically sketch their clothes on figures that are just over 8 heads high, and that heroic figures stand as tall as 9 heads high. What I am noticing when I draw this is that I struggle with keeping the shoulders level more than anything else. And when that happens, it makes the rest of the image more difficult than it should be because nothing is even. Something I’ll need to work on some more. Loomis suggests drawing these various figures from the side and rear views as illustrated in the previous exercise. I may tackle that tomorrow.

01_05 pg 28 various standards of proportion


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