A challenge in figure drawing is getting everything in proportion. While there are lots of subtle differences between individuals, human proportions fit within a fairly standard range, the basic unit of measurement is the 'head', which is the distance from the top of the head to the chin.
This handy unit of measurement is reasonably standard, and has long been used by artists to establish the proportions of the human figure.
The proportions used in figure drawing are:
- An average person, is generally 7-and-a-half heads tall (including the head).
- An ideal figure, used when aiming for an impression of nobility or grace, is drawn at 8 heads tall.
- A heroic figure, used in the heroic for the depiction of gods and superheroes, is eight-and-a-half heads tall Most of the additional length comes from a bigger chest and longer legs.
Students in the 5th grade created Futurist inspired Figures using the above rules of proportion. Futurism has been defined as a style of the fine arts developed originally by a group of Italian artists about 1910 in which forms derived chiefly from cubism were used to represent rapid movement and dynamic motion.
With this definition in mind students choose athletes as reference then created their painting showing movement.