Image Smart: Drawing Proportions Correctly

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When we draw, we have certain expectation.  Why? Because correct proportions, no amount of shading will make your disproportional drawing look good.

Artist refer to the size as a relationships between objects. Let’s take our face for example. We have a symmetric proportion. To draw an accurate proportions of a human face we have to make sure that the facial features are not too big or too small compared to the rest of the face and that each feature is in the correct location. This means thoroughly planning out the proportioning of their artwork from the very beginning.

Drawing accurately begins with seeing accurately. As an artist learning to draw, you must train your eyes to see accurate proportions within your given subject matter. This is usually easiest to learn with a still life due to its simplicity and stationary nature. This is precisely why I recommend artistic newcomers work from still life setups when learning to draw.  There is much that can be learned while mitigating frustration.

When you start a drawing take some time to really compare the proportions of each object. Drawing proportions correctly is a slow and meticulous process, especially if you are a beginner artist. You should indicate with temporary, light marks how tall objects are, how wide they are, and where they are correctly located in your drawing. Thinking in terms of simple geometric shapes such as rectangles can be helpful.  Compare as many objects as you can in your drawing, in fact it can also be helpful to choose another reference object and use it to double check all of your original measurements.

The more analytical you can be in your initial observations the fewer fixes you’ll have to make in your drawing later on. Most of us want to jump right into the actual shading and get down to details, and I also feel the urge to do this.

Quick Tips for Drawing Proportions Correctly
Things you should be doing when starting a drawing.

  • Spend more time looking/measuring, less time drawing
  • Assign numbers to the sizes of objects
  • Consider the spaces in between objects
  • Draw lightly to start
  • Use dots, lines, and simple geometric shapes to indicate the


  • Accurate: To be precise.
  • Features: To have characteristic, for example phone feature are camera, radio, mp3, etc.
  • Thoroughly:  To be careful / to do something complete.
  • Measurements: The dimensional size. Also referring to inches or centimeters.
  • Shading: The shadow or shade you make in the drawing.
  • Lightly: To do it softly.


Start to drawing with all these points and share with us your results.


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Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Anlluli Morales from Reforma Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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