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July 26, 2011
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.]
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Placing Figures in Perspective

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]

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So helpful!  I knew my figures, drawn from multiple photo references, were misplaced in my drawing but I couldn't figure out what to do.  I'm drawing field workers; one is standing upright, the other two are bending at the waist.  I decided to use the belt line to determine where to place them in the picture plane, two and a half heads below the horizon.  Your instructions are very clear and I look forward to practicing more!  Thank you!!
SuperSarcosmic's avatar
Useful, thank you!! I still have a really shaky understanding of where things are in relationship to each other, so this is fantastic. 
iamkathybrown's avatar
Amazing! I make all my characters the same height because I don't know how to scale. Maybe now I finally can!
kiolia's avatar
You can do it!
micma's avatar
James, you are an absolute legend! thanks for posting this.
kiolia's avatar
Thank you, sir :)
NuSuKi's avatar
This is awesome. Thank you for sharing!
rahul808's avatar
very helpful :) 
KronaRedrum's avatar
Thanks for sharing it!
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FishingJB's avatar
wow thanks for sharing it! I need this!
yellowis4happy's avatar
This is so useful, wow! Thank you for making this!
KunoichiH29's avatar
awesome! It's a "simple" but complicated tip but I'm sure it makes a big difference in drawings! Thanks so much
Rifitika's avatar
This was very helpful.
Musou-Enrai's avatar
Nice! :) Great observations!
misterlewis's avatar
Just what I need! Many Thanks.
Awesome!  Thanks!
Grusart's avatar
Gosh! Simple, and helpful! Thanks a bunch for making!
kiolia's avatar
DaIllestBeast's avatar
Amazing! Very helpful and I really needed this... thank you!
AngHuiQing's avatar
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's avatar
Hey, sure thing.  Enjoy!
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