Distance and Proportion – Measuring Like an Artist

You want to create successful art. You want to create art you are proud to show anyone.

You want people to admire your creativity, not be distracted by things that seem out of place or oddly proportioned.

In order to create art that excites those who see it, your subject must have everything in it the right proportions, the right shape and be drawn in the right place.

Student Salvador Barajas got all three of those things correct in his drawing at right.

If art were like other fields, you would find the right size, shape and position of things using a tape measure or a yard stick.

But, those tools just aren't very useful for the things artists want to draw or paint.

So artists have developed a number of methods to train their eyes to see and draw accurately.

A Visual Method of Measuring

One of the methods artists have developed for training their eyes to see and draw accurately is visually measuring distance and proportion.

Now I'm sure you've already heard of or seen this demonstrated. It is one of the first things taught in almost any beginning art class.

As you can see in the photographs below this method is accomplished by holding a pencil or paintbrush (or something similar) in your hand and stretching your arm out straight.

You visually measure an important distance in your subject and compare it with another part of your subject. In this way you find your subject's correct proportions.

One very simple example is this Irish cottage.

In order to draw it correctly two of the important things you want to know are: how wide is the front compared with its side?

How wide is it overall compared with its height?

If you don't draw proportions correctly at the start, all the time and effort you expend later is wasted.

This is a very common problem with beginning artists.

It's was a problem I struggled with in my early years. Just as I did during those years, aspiring artists can be so anxious to create the final art they forget to do the first crucial steps to getting it right.

Visually measuring your subject's proportions is one of those first important tools that determine whether your art will succeed or fail.

But it's only one of the important tools necessary to draw accurately.

Now, as I mentioned before, the Irish cottage is a very simple example.

Many subjects you want to draw or paint are going to be more complex than the cottage.  Some are going to be much more complex.

So artists need additional methods to help simplify the process of drawing accurately. If you had to measure every little thing to get it right, drawing would become cumbersome and boring.

The whole point of having different tools that work together is to simplify the process of creating art of any subject.

It's very similar to going to the store for groceries.

Depending on where you start from you have different routes you use to get there. Depending on how many things you intend to buy you may take along a small bag or a large bag.

Depending on how much money you have with you, you may use cash or a debit card to buy your groceries.

Individually each of these things makes your trip to the store a little easier. But all of them together give you many more options to make your trip not only easier, but more successful.

To be a successful artist, you need simple, easy-to-use methods that work together to help you draw what you see. 

Take for instance these sheep.

To go from a scene like this…

...to a drawing like this…

...you must first draw this.

And being able to see and draw them simply and accurately involves knowing how to visually measure and how to visually align all the parts of these two animals.

These are two vital tools that work together to help you make an accurate drawing, so you can unleash your creativity and make exciting art.

In order to make an interesting drawing of these sheep (or any subject) you want to know:

• Do you need to measure everything?

• What is important to measure and what isn't? Where do you start?

• How do you make drawing as simple as possible?

You answer these questions by learning my best drawing methods, tips and shortcuts.

Best methods, tips and shortcuts.

Making things easier is so important in your beginning years when everything seems complicated.

I want to teach you the essential methods, tips and shortcuts I've developed over the years so you can create work you are proud to show anyone.

You remember all the things I mentioned earlier that make your grocery store trip easier and more successful. They obviously apply to any grocery store you go to.

The same thing is true of the methods, tips and shortcuts I will show you. They teach you to accurately see and draw any subject you choose to do.

And how do these methods, tips and shortcuts help you draw anything?

• They teach you how to start drawing anything very simply until you have its proportions correct. Getting into details too soon can mask mistakes and end in failed art.

• They teach you a simpler and more accurate way of measuring distance and proportion on a photograph than using a pencil.

• They teach you the things to look for to keep the process of measuring and drawing as simple as possible.

They teach you an easy way to make sure lines you've drawn in perspective are at the correct angle. Suppose you had this photograph and wanted to do a drawing or painting of this rather unique barn. It can be hard getting the various angles of the roof and the barn sides drawn right.

Have you ever been shown a very simple method to accurately check those angles on your drawing? And easily correct them if they are wrong? I developed this very simple method as a result of my early training as a technical illustrator.

It's not something most artists have ever discovered.

These same methods, tips and shortcuts will show you how to begin drawing people.

For instance, one very useful tip concerns that little depression at the front of your neck where your collarbones meet.

When someone stands with their weight on one leg, that depression will always be directly above the inside ankle of that leg.

Knowing things like that can mean the difference between a good drawing and a failed drawing.

Seeing and drawing accurately is the basis of all good art.

Once you've drawn everything correctly, you can do almost anything with your art and it will look good.

That’s why the different methods, tips and shortcuts I show you are so important.

They make drawing your subject much easier, more accurate and more fun, so you can start using more of the creativity that is in you.

And I'll show you all these easily-learned methods, tips and shortcuts on one DVD, called Mastering Proportion & Learning to Draw.

Please understand: I spent over three months making sure that everything on this DVD is explained and demonstrated as simply and as clearly as I know how.

I spent all that time perfecting this DVD, because I want you to quickly understand these crucial tools and start putting them to immediate use.

And I priced this DVD at a level that's affordable for every aspiring artist.

All my methods, tips and shortcuts are yours for $29.97 plus $2.50 shipping to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Please Note: this DVD will only play on televisions made for the U.S. or Canada. TV's in other parts of the world use a different format. For other parts of the world, there will be a download version in the near future.

And I am so confident this DVD will teach you exactly what you need to know to produce quality drawing that I will remove all the risk in its purchase with my 30-day Money Back Guarantee.

If at any time in the first thirty days you aren't satisfied with the information on this DVD, just return it and I will refund every cent you paid. No questions asked.