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Placing Figures in Perspective by kiolia Placing Figures in Perspective by kiolia
Edit: Obligatory "Holy smokes DD"! Thanks all :)

You've got environments, and you've got characters to place in them...but what if they're all standing in different points in space? How do you make sure they all look as tall as they are, or aren't? How do you make sure you don't have cars the size of buildings in the background? How do you make sure your skyscrapers don't look seven feet tall? Read the tutorial!

This is a principle I've seen abused too frequently, so I thought I'd put together something on how to make sure your figures and environments all agree from a perspective standpoint.

Note that you can do most or all of this using lines and vanishing points, but this is an easy bit of shorthand to make sure figures stay in proportion to each other, or to use when you're sketching.

I think I learned the general idea from an old issue of Draw! magazine, but this was all done out of my head. Therefore, please don't repost this, in whole or in part. Please do download it for your own use.

Check out one of my old comic pages and see this principle being abused in action: [link]

(C) James Pray 2010
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Suggester's words: Placing Figures in Perspective by ~kiolia would be an awesome DD someday. It is awesome and made the whole perspective thing suddenly MAKE SENSE in a way that several art classes never could. :) [Also suggested by ~arsieiuni.] ( Suggested by Jenetikitty and Featured by FantasyStock )
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KronaRedrum Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Thanks for sharing it!
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks for sharing it! I need this!
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yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so useful, wow! Thank you for making this!
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KunoichiH29 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome! It's a "simple" but complicated tip but I'm sure it makes a big difference in drawings! Thanks so much
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Rifitika Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This was very helpful.
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Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice! :) Great observations!
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misterlewis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful
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Nick-Harris Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Just what I need! Many Thanks.
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jacobguide Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Awesome!  Thanks!
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Tatchu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh! Simple, and helpful! Thanks a bunch for making!
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kiolia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
You betcha :)
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DaIllestBeast Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Very helpful and I really needed this... thank you!
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AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god I've been looking for this forever. You always see how to draw perspective with buildings but rarely with figures. This is going to help a lot more with my current issue. Thank you!
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hey, sure thing.  Enjoy!
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TheDrummer96 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks allot! This really helped! :D
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SoarToTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Very clear tutorial!
It is not easy to find this kind of information.
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bigmariobv Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I need to learn these! Thanks for making this clear!
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MISComic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for making this tutorial! very helpful!! :)
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Dalkielan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Wonderful way very simple and soooo informative thanks !!!
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SDMcCarty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! I feel like I have learned a lot from this :)
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goatheart Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to say this is my favorite tutorial of all time. I just didn't understand how this worked before
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Super-Aaron-360 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks a bunch!
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
You're welcome! Best wishes on your perspective adventures.
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EvaDraye Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, this really leaves every other perspective tutorial I've seen in the dust. Thanks!
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Very kind of you to say. Thank you!
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SUPREMEOVERL0RD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this helps a lot and its easy to understand :D
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kiolia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Hey, good deal. Thanks!
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ESCkid Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
made me laugh, this helps a tonne =O
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Nick5200 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
What about body movement in perspective?
Do you have some of those tutorials?
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kiolia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I don't, and I couldn't do better than Hogarth's "Dynamic Figure Drawing" anyway :). If this interests you, I highly recommend that book.
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Nick5200 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Ok, thank you sir.
This tutorial was usefull also, gues ill have to check out that book then.
:D
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Kunnai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
This very informative.
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Dark-Zeblock Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi :wave: Just so you know, your tutorial has been featured in :iconimprovement-club: journal. [link] :aww:
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furu101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
helpful! thanks.
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MewKokoa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This was so unbelievably helpful. Thank you~
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Hellsong-Diabla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
what about kids? wish they were included too. Where would the be divided, mid section of their body?
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I could tell you, but you will learn it better if you read it again and see if you can figure it out. If you honestly can't answer this question after that, then I'm sorry it wasn't clear to you, and I will explain :)
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Hellsong-Diabla Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I'll try and i'll let you know what i think when i re-read it.
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Okay, sounds like a plan.
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xCluBearx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012   Digital Artist
lovely tutorial. Thanks for sharing :)
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kiolia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Hey, no problem.
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TartKiwiFruit Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist
This is so helpful! Thank you so much ><
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MarsW Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, really useful!
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TheeFashionista Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student General Artist
this is a pretty good explanation!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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H3llana-mod Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
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I love you !!! You're genius !!!
Thank you so much !! I understand better now !!! Perspective is so complicated but all of your little drawings made them look so simple and much more easier !!! Many thanks !
Congrats for the DD too, so well deserved !!
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kiolia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thanks, and thanks! Glad it helped :)
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H3llana-mod Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you again,
I had a question by the way,
How do I proceed when, for instance, there is one person seated and the other standing up ?
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kiolia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
As with the examples in the tutorial, you just need to set them side-by-side and see where the horizon crosses them both before you start moving them around the scene. If the sitting person happens to fall completely under the horizon, you need to use a proportionate measurement like heads (for example, the sitting person might be half the height of their head under the horizon -- if they are scaled down and far away, half-a-head is a smaller-looking distance, and it's a bigger-looking distance if they are close and scaled up).

This is exactly how you would handle the perspective for any two objects (or one, or three, etc.) of any height, by the way. People don't get special treatment. One consideration if you're working with photos, though (which I think you do?) is that different photos might have been taken at different camera heights -- if "standing person" (or "crate", or "house", etc.) was photographed by a camera six feet off the ground, and "sitting person" was photographed by a camera four feet off the ground, these figures might be hard to put together in one picture on the same level because they came from pictures with different horizons (and, of course, that's not even getting into photos taken at angles other than dead flat). Still, people (if the horizons/viewing heights/angles aren't too different) are probably easier to fudge together from different sources than buildings/environments.
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H3llana-mod Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for this great explanation :#1:
Yeah I must be careful while choosing my pictures resources as you pointed out I must pay attention to the angle otherwise it would be quite complicated to blend this all over correctly in a photomanipulation ^^;
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