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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 )
Rifitika Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This was very helpful.
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice! :) Great observations!
misterlewis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful
Nick-Harris Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Just what I need! Many Thanks.
jacobguide Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Awesome!  Thanks!
Tatchu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh! Simple, and helpful! Thanks a bunch for making!
kiolia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
You betcha :)
DaIllestBeast Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Very helpful and I really needed this... thank you!
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!
kiolia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hey, sure thing.  Enjoy!
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