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Drawing: Determining proportions:

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Your eye can play tricks on you! Here is a tip to help you to position the major lines of your subject following the rules of proportion. 

What you need to know:

After drawing an item on the paper, take the time to back up a few steps. Make sure there is overall consistency and the proportions have been respected. Then go back to your drawing. 



The little squares method


  • Remove the middle from a cardboard rectangle to form a frame. The removed part should be the same size as the sheet of paper you are going to draw on.


  • Attach pieces of string with adhesive tape from one side of the frame to the other every 2 centimeters (both height-wise and widthwise) to create a grid. Make sure the strings are quite parallel.


  • Place your frame in a convenient place in front of the subject you want to draw. The closer you approach the frame to the object, the tighter the angle.


  • Create a grid on your sheet of paper by drawing vertical and horizontal lines every 2 centimeters. Do not press down too hard on your pencil because you will need to erase those later.


  • On your sheet of paper, draw what you see in the frame, square by square.


  • Once you have sketched out the lines of your drawing, you can gently erase the grid.


Tip: Use a mirror to check the accuracy of your drawing. Identifying construction and proportion errors is faster with a reflected image.  



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Drawing: Human proportions
Les proportions humaines
Drawing a well-proportioned human body freehand requires a bit of training. Practice regularly: You will be amazed at how fast you progress. To your pencils!