How to get PROPORTIONS right – figure drawing tutorial

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March 2019 enrolment for the Life of Drawing programme has now closed, but we will run the programme again in the future – click on the link above to find out more.

This video is about proportions – a big struggle for many figure artists especially in the earlier stages of learning. We show how you can combine various methods of observation to figure out where things should be.

We’ll combine techniques we’ve looked at before, including alignment, measurement and negative space to draw and correct an arm.

If you’d like to try out an interactive 30 minute lesson on this where we draw a figure from scratch using these techniques, try the sample lesson for our Life of Drawing programme at

Thanks to Croquis Cafe for the excellent reference photos – their channel is here:


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