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Tutorial: Proportions by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Proportions by Cataclysm-X
As promised, because I love you people:

My proportions tutorial!

Since every drawing is unique, I explained the techniques I used. It's up to you to practice them, yay! :)

You know... sometimes it makes me wonder why I keep posting tutorials since there are still a couple of people out there who say "I give people false hope" or "everything's fake anyway".

But when I read all the comments of fellow artists, e-mails of art students or people who just happened to come across my gallery and private notes of people who are happy to see my tutorials and find them really useful, I just melt! :heart:

And you know what? Even some art teachers are using my tutorials for school assignments after they've asked for my permission, lol!

What a strange world we live in.


It's a shame I just don't have the time to publish my art book yet, but someday I will... :nod:

Have fun everyone and keep up the good work!
If there are any questions left, please feel free to note me about it!

Watch my other tutorials here!
1. Eye tutorial
2. Nose tutorial
3. Hair tutorial
4. Shading & Blending tutorial
5. Drawing Progress tutorial
6. Detailed Hair part 1
7. Detailed Hair part 2
8. Editing Drawings <-- got a Daily Deviation!
9. Drawing Materials
10. Male Lips tutorial
11. Female Lips Tutorial
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wolfgirl17946 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"My Katie drawing doesn't look okay anymore after it's mirrored"
Yeah, and I'm not a human being. If I could draw your mirrored Katie, I would have accomplished my goal in life.
Theres-is Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I my old days I am allowed to learn drawing - thank's to you! It is so fun to look at your humorous descriptions! Thanks so much![link]
jessicassketchbook Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really happy I happened upon this tutorial. I knew the grid technique, but I never had much patience to draw straight lines. At first I was just doing freehand, but I never was totally happy with the proportions. Then I started doing a mix of lines (2) and shapes (3), and now I know that those are actual techniques. I do a lot of measuring with my pencil (or whatever I'm using), too, to compare the reference with my drawing.
YaZaynab Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Great tutorials!
Mellime Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is incredibly helpful. I'm giving my first shot at non-free-hand drawing and I'm loving the results. I used the gridding technique, took so little time to get everything right! A realistic drawing was never so fast. Here is the W.I.P: [link]

sebastien-baillou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
very strange world^^ you are awesome !
ChinoDT Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thanks a lot!!!! :D great tutorial!!!
LaBelleMelange Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
these are great, thanks :D aswell as great techniques and tips there, loving the little inspirational comments
armandoartist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
for over 20 years i have drawn with nothing but FREE HAND! i get extremely frustrated and i'm glad there are plenty of better ways and i won't be considered a cheater. In my mind i always felt bad about doing it that way. i can't explain it at this moment. But i will be using all these techniques going forward and many others i see online. thanks for posting this. I see a myself entering a new level.
Civilized-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this, I'll definitely be using this tutorial to improve myself!
George-anims Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Awesome! I wonder why my drawings are off, I'm beginner and i free=hand. XD
Devilsbutterfly Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Pyrovampiress Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Real People are Asymmetrical. Just personal opinion, (I think your a fantastic artist!Way better than me!) I see what you're going for with the mirroring, but I think it's a bad idea. I actually enjoyed your "Normal Katie" better....
artofuldis Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Mirroring is always useful gives fresh look, so you can see mistakes right away! But for proportions.
I think the easiest way is to use Human Proportion Calculator I am using android App
SPisharam Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Gallery is mindblowing!! Love realistic drawings and you are as close to perfect as I have seen! Your attention to detail is impeccable! All the very best to you for a creative lifetime ahead!
Your tutorials are all amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing! I am trying to get back into drawing full time after a really long hiatus and you give me impetus to want to try harder :D Thank You!!
sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, this will help me alot. :)
Printed-Shadows Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial! Been trying to work on my people for a while now.. that way I don't look like a total people noob in art class next year.

Nice car by the way....
AlexWinterstorm Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, this is so useful, thank you so much!
I have never had any teacher, i only knew about freehand from... since i got bored at school for the first time and started drawing :D
And it was frustrating until i saw that it's not cheating if you use some help and this (your tut) is exactly what i needed. Thank you!
Chezzie-B Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Thank you, your tutorials are a great help and your work is exquisite!
gabyta7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you a lot, this helps me a lot, right now Im trying to draw a portrait of a baby and his mother as accurately as I can but it is really hard...I just did the sketch and then I went damn how do I continue.
MikolasShadows Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh i have so many problems with proportions this will be so helpful. Thanks for creating it.
Gristof Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thanks ! :D
Klatte Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have trouble mirroring the drawings :( when I use the hand mirror I barely can see the flaws... so I have to flip my drawing and put it to a window with a lot of light to see them :( its a bit frustrating ...
tosaanime Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank so much, I just start to learn drawing so this help much
thafreeradikal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks for sharing your knowledge... Now my drawings are going to improve!
katanaswordfish Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! (And all the other great tutorials, also!)

Your work is beautiful and very inspiring.
Even though I've been trying to learn digital painting, looking at your tutorials and your super-refined pencil artwork has been significantly helpful to me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to make and post tutorials. I bet many people who have reached your level of skill wouldn't bother taking the huge amount of time that it takes to help others. So I have to say I really appreciate it! =)
LoudSkies Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
These tutorials are extremely helpful. It didn't cross my mind that someone might complain. That's just silly. You're not giving false hope, but tools to make us better artists.
Unlike some tutorials, you don't skip any steps, and provide with enough information to follow them. Thank you :heart:
a0ife Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
really surprised to see people having any sort of complaints about your tutorials! I think they're fantastic! thanks for posting them!
anmeher Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thank you!
l-u-m-o-s Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I definitely needed this. But I'm still having trouble with this one drawing, even after doing a grid something just looks off... Anyways, thank you so much for your amazing tutorials!
maxine4 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
thank you so much for the tutorials they are a blessing to me I'm not in schoolbut my desire is to bettermyself also.So I can be a blessing to a others.Pass the knowledge. BE BLESSED!
avallance Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx it helped alot...^^,
jyongyi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome I used three out of five unknowingly=D Thanks for the tutorials they are a great help, especially to self taught artists like me=):hug:
gwenonacloud Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I just love this! Thanks for making such a well designed tutorial. :)
I really like how thorough everything is explained. It's easy to understand and extremely useful.
Rinnian Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I spy a Sam and an impala. <3

Very nice tutorial. Proportions always kill me!
Gipsymoon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:iconthankyousignplz: Very appreciated and helpful. Even to an experienced artist these tutorials come in handy. :hexentanz:
simoneheld Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I've just started drawing and I have to say that your tutorials have helped a lot :clap:. Just a question: how long does it usually take you to finish a sketch? I just finished my sketch and can now start shading which is something I'm a bit afraid of :p.
Zingam Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uhm, mirrors! I don't get it with your picture of Katie. It does look equal to me in both directions. The "defects" you are talking about I do see equal in both.
agapetos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very interesting approach to drawing a face. I'm reading Andrew Loomis's Drawing the Head and Hands and it's completely different technique. :-)
aprilmge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Thankyou for this tutorial. Its very helpful. I am a beginner and for the first few portraits I used the grid method. I found it to be to time consuming and not as much fun. So the last one I did I used a ruler and divider and found I got a better result and had alot more fun doing it. My question is, this is working well for doing a portrait with one person but I'm worried about centering when it comes to adding another. So how do I make sure my placement is correct when I start if I'm using the line method?
aprilmge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Thankyou so much! I am really enjoying these tutorials! They are very helpful!
kephart-design Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
I really appreciate this tutorial, I have an awful time at proportions when it comes to drawing people. This will def. come in handy! thanks!!
amylittlerock Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
you are a-ma-zing! tons of thank-yous, for submitting such stuff..I was always extremely lazy when it came to improving my techniques, because I used to find tutorials sooo boring..but, not, I'm going to take my ass to do some serious job...
This is probably going to sound *really* stupid, but just bear with me, because I'm kind of clueless about this. With gridding, do you draw the lines and erase them when you're done, or... How do you do it? Because I figure that erasing them messes up the drawing. Hmm. Very tricky.
Thanks for these tutorials! :)
Cresent-filled-night Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOUSE! CHASE! WOOT! love this tut!
craziechick0501 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Thank you so much for posting these tutorials, I haven't drawn since highschool and I'd love to get back into drawing these are helping me get back into it and brushing me up on all of the things i've forgotten over the years.....some ppl are just haters ;)
silverwing2822 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Nice tutorial!! Ive never heard of mirroring before so that got me excited. Cant wait to try it.
Another technique ive heard of is to turn both your drawing and your ref upside down. When you cant recognise the shapes as being eyes and noses and such, your more likely to draw them accurately. Plus it always puts a smile on my face to turn the drawing rightside up again and be surprised at the progress.
I am nowhere near as good of a pencil artist as you, but I hope to be someday!! Thanks for being inspiring!! :D
Benafsh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Mag deze downloaden? Zo ja, hoe dan? :s
En mag ik het ook afdrukken?
deedigiraffe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Photographer
lexakay Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Thank you very much! Although I worked with lines till now, all of my drawings seem to be wrong. I'll definitely try mirroring!
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