Adding figures into your landscape or seascape is a great way to add live, movement and even a story to your painting.
The problem that many of us have when we are starting out learning to paint is how to paint figures that are realistic. The problem usually is one of understanding the correct proportions of a figure.
In the newly released course “Romantic Figure Painting Introduction” we spend a fair bit of time discussing this idea of getting the right proportions for the figures you place in your painting.
One good rule of thumb used by many artists is to divide the proportions of the figure into eight divisions:
The above photo is taken from the “Romantic Figure Painting Introduction” course. This video lesson is a discussion on the proportions. As you can see in the photo the sketch of the figure is divided into eight roughly equal proportions.
Usually the head fits into one of the divisions, or roughly one eight the overall size.
The hips generally fall at the half way mark as you can see above.
Here is how this idea looks when applied to a painting of the figure:
Again this photo is taken from the course, but as you can see the head fits nicely into the one eight division of space.
If you keep this rule of thumb in mind when placing your figures into your painting then it will make it easier for you to get your figures to look realistic. A common mistake is to start with the head and face to large as that is the area we tend to focus most of our attention on.
The Romantic Figure Painting Introduction course takes you through the process of understanding these proportions for a figure, and then demonstrates the practical application by doing first a values study of a figure, and then a colour study.
By the time you have practised these figure painting exercises you will have a solid understanding of how to get the proportions on your figures looking right in your painting.
Joining us in the new course is guest artist Miriam Scigliano who is a terrific figurative painter. This is her demonstration painting:
Miriam paints this terrific demonstration painting of a young lady in a field picking flowers.
If you have always wanted to paint realistic looking figures into your landscape or seascape paintings then you will enjoy this course on how to do so.
For a limited time until the end of January you can take advantage of the early bird discount on this new course and save $60.
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