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A Matter Of Proportion
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Published: June 23, 2014
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I'd be grateful if anyone looking at this would offer an opinion. This is (obviously) the same drawing, but slightly modified in terms of proportions- with which I have a constant struggle particularly regarding head/body ratios. So I'd like to know which of the two figures looks best to other people looking at them. Do you prefer the Left, or the Right? (Note, this is not a political question). I cannot decide which, for myself.

Any comments will be much appreciated, thanks.
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Hattushilish's avatar
left, makes the girl look taller and I love taller girls lol
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PlutonianKnight|Professional Digital Artist
Basically Octavia's already said everything that'd I'd say - the one on the right looks more 'there' to me. More dramatic, more powerful, more attractive. The larger head makes the shoulders seem bigger, which makes the character appear more powerful and muscular. But paradoxically the larger head also makes her seem shorter and somehow more cute - perhaps because I associate slightly too-big heads with Disney and manga, both of which are built on cute characters.

I think you've got it both ways with the one on the right. Although it's not like the one on the left sends me screaming off into the night clawing at my eyes, either...
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Thanks PK!

Funny thing is, to my eyes the larger head makes the shoulders look too narrow...

This particular issue is probably the biggest one I have with figures. If I could find my happy medium it would be some kind of Great Leap Forward for me :(
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PlutonianKnight|Professional Digital Artist
Really, they both look great. I'd have never even noticed if you hadn't put them side by side like that. I'd say this problem could be reimagined as flexibility...one more way to make characters look like individuals. Some of 'em can have slightly bigger or smaller heads than others.

If this is your biggest issue with figures, I'll add that to my List of Reasons to be Jealous of Jaxtraw.
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TCatt|Professional Traditional Artist
Both heads are a bit too small, plus, it seems to me that her hips are turned too far to her right, in other words we seem to be looking straight on her hips while the rest of her body is turned away from us.  Otherwise, though, the anatomy is good, better than I can often muster.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Yes, I've gone into one of my tiny heads phases again it seems. The hips are attempting to show that they're tilted. It might be improved by moving her navel, which is probably too far over to the left...
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TCatt's avatar
TCatt|Professional Traditional Artist
It's not terribly obvious.  The small head is a much greater issue.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Part of the problem is my big boobs "style". The smaller the body is, the smaller the boobs are, and that tends to push me in the opposite direction. Past couple of weeks I've been, er, studying the 90s pornstar Tiffany Towers as a model, since she was a good combination of unfeasible boobs on a petite, slim body.
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ElmoSnard's avatar
If you're doing superheroes, the one on the left. If you're doing erotica, the one on the right.
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Thanks Elmo!
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Octavia-Moon|Professional Digital Artist
Larger heads are 'cuter' - which is to do with our biological imperative to find babies cute (they have bigger heads, proportionally) - the same applies to bigger eyes and smaller mouths (don't tell Angelina). Longer legs are also considered more attractive...that's more cultural though. So, my feeling is that those who commented that the torso is "too long" are probably right (although it's all subjective)...it makes her look very slightly more masculine as does a thicker neck. I prefer the one on the right - it may simply be that the slightly larger head makes her neck look slightly thinner, which, in turn, makes her looks slightly more feminine :)
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Thanks Octavia. This is something I always struggle with, because I seem to be pulled in two different directions, one towards "dramatic proportion" and the other towards more what I find appealing, which is the more cute end of the spectrum. The problem is that the cute end then starts to look "stumpy", so I start shrinking the heads again... it's an endless conundrum for me.
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thelovelyfreak|Hobbyist General Artist
i think  both are valid body types just the one on the left looks a little taller like 5'10 and the one on the right looks about 5'4. but that just might be me.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Okay, that's a useful perspective, thanks.
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Ctrl-Alt-Dlt-Drawing's avatar
Ctrl-Alt-Dlt-Drawing|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that both look correct, it's more a matter of what you are trying to depict in terms of the size of the character. What I notice most is the difference in the size of the heads. The smaller head gives the impression that the character is taller. If you look at basketball players you can see that much of the time, their heads seem smaller in compared to the rest of their anatomy, when looked at in contrast with someone of a more average height stature, etc. Thus, giving the impression of being much taller.

I don't think that either of the drawings has any advantages over the other, it's more a matter of what you are trying to portray the character as, in terms of stature.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Thanks for the help!
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Ferres's avatar
Ferres| Digital Artist
I don't think it mattered much. Depends on what the character is. Smaller head suggest a taller girl. I prefer the right one though. Tall but not 'Brienne of Tarth' tall.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Thanks. That's interesting, because I'm actually trying to aim at "not tall at all", like under 5'6". So maybe both head/body ratios are wrong for that...
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Ferres| Digital Artist
5'6"?
Well, you'll need to shorten her torso by 5 to 10 percent and enlarge the head by same ratio. Legs are fine as is.
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arvalis|Professional Digital Artist
The differences are so minimal that I actually had to take it into photoshop and overlay them onto each other to see a difference, even then not much changes.  Your proportion issue is not necessarily with head to body ratio, you gave her a really long torso.  Generally speaking the length from top of the head to base of genitals is equidistant to base of the genitals to the bottom of the heel.  So just shorten that torso a bit and that should solve most of your problems.
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guruhoro's avatar
I agree with this. When I hide both of them from mid-thigh down, the right one looks better to me because the head is more in proportion with the torso. When I cover both from the armpits to the knees, the left one looks better because the head to full height ratio is good. So just shortening the torso sounds good. My suggestion would be to cut off a bit somewhere between the breasts and the navel, but I'm neither an artist nor an anatomist, so take that as you will.
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Okay thanks, that makes sense. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong part of the figure.
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NiniiDawns|Hobbyist Digital Artist
no idea but i guess the right?
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jaxtraw2's avatar
Thanks!

By "no idea", do you mean they both look kind of okay, or are both as bad as each other? :)
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