rules of body proportion for art

How many heads do we need for drawing a correct human figure ?

Forget anatomy for artists, Art has the upper hand. You need to be funny.

what is the head to body ratio for drawing ?

Head to body ratio for drawing

Drawings are most meaningful when they disagree with theory because accuracy is not art despite being very useful. Pythagoras believed that everything was governed by numbers, even the proportionality of the human body. Artistic body proportions are sick and Pythagoras is dead.

how many heads is the human body ?

Head/body ratio is larger in children,

Mother and son have had their head drawn at approx. same size.

[source: 19th century cartoon, "image d'Epinal"]

Head to body proportions

Head to body proportions

Beware of the dangerous facial proportions rules ("drawing exactitude is never truth") because size of ear, nose and mouth are more dependent on head orientation, than on human anatomy.

Artistic anatomy

How many heads do we need for drawing a correct human figure ?

On the Fabric of Human Body (Andreas Vesalius makes no bones about osteology).

Human body proportion in art is an appropriately Pythagorean idea.

Useful artistic anatomy should be kept simple.

why do we need body proportions ?

Foot arm proportions in figure drawing

Ratio of human body in drawing turns symbolism on its head. Forget human anatomy. Human proportion in art is an appropriately Pythagorean idea, but average humans have about one testicle and one breast: a statistician is an either unlikely or improbable source of artistic pictures of the human body. Artistic body proportions for children or people are not bound by precision and accuracy.