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Old 07 July 2005   #1
Question Question: Drawing Childrens' Bodies

Personally, I have dying to see a forum like this, and it is really really good of it to be here. Now I have a question that has been bothering me for weeks now, which is how do you drawing the bodies of children?

I am very used to drawing adults but this is really difficult for me to understand. The only thing I know of is children are at least 6 heads tall, but it is the wideness head count that confuses me.

Maybe someone can shed some light on this subject. Oh, and this child drawing is for a 3d model of a little girl.

Thanks,

Kashif R.
 
Old 07 July 2005   #2
Don't know much about it, but take a look at Loomis books Figure Drawing and Drawing Heads and Hands. They contain certain info on proportions of baby and children heads and bodies. Hope it helps.

Loomis books thread:
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.ph...310#post2255310
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Old 07 July 2005   #3
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I am pretty sure this book ~ "An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists", by Fritz Schider - Dover Publications, publisher ~ contains some information on drawing children, but I will look around and see if I can't find something online.

Thanks for the question!

EDIT: This link was just provided on the WELCOME page by petertan and has photographs of children dancing:
http://www.article19.co.uk/galleries.php

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Old 07 July 2005   #4
The book "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" by Steven Rogers Peck has a good section on anatomy comparisons between ages and sexes. You night also want to look at fashion catalogues that cater to children.

The shape of the head, knobby knees and elbows can seem almost cliche the way they are often drawn, but it works for making the presentation correctly.

For drawings of children, I always try to keep the shading smooth and lines simple on the body parts, especially the face. This also translates to modeling as well. Think round and soft. A rounded slightly protruding forehead is also a common approach which can all be an over-simplification, but again works well.

-David
 
Old 07 July 2005   #5
I have this book by loomis, Figure Drawing and Drawing Heads and Hands...really good books. When I try to draw a little girl, she ends up with adult female proportions, which is not what I want.

I have to head drawing down to a science, it is the body of a young girl that is a real pain to draw...I usually start with circles and ovals. Loomis' book helped me with a man's body.
 
Old 07 July 2005   #6
If you're drawing on the right side of the brain, and have reference, I don't see why kids should be any different than adults. Information on how their proportions differ and such might be useful, but I think it really just comes down to drawing what you see.
 
Old 07 July 2005   #7
Yeah, I agree with you on that Dylan...I am using visual reference of head counts and the five year old I am drawing looks a little curvy in the hips
 
Old 07 July 2005   #8
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A fetus > adult female reference chart of proportions:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/dana/160/allometricgrowth.jpg

Also, I have been posting links on the new PROPORTIONS thread:

PROPORTIONS - HUMAN AND ANIMAL

Hope this helps!

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Old 07 July 2005   #9
Originally Posted by rebeccak: A fetus > adult female reference chart of proportions:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/dana/160/allometricgrowth.jpg

Also, I have been posting links on the new PROPORTIONS thread:

PROPORTIONS - HUMAN AND ANIMAL

Hope this helps!

~Rebeccak


Ah, excellent...this will be EXTREMELY helpful...
 
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