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Lighting exercise in oil paint :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 1 0 Forest of Danger [game] :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 0 0 Pulling a raspberry :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 2 0 Bruce :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 10 0 Too Tall :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 3 2 Fringed Tulip :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 4 0 Look ma, hyacinths! :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 5 0 Private Moment :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 9 2 Kagamiku in Blossom Bliss :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 9 5 Unbearably Awesome Sakura :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 7 0 Blossom Bliss :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 2 0 A moment of Itapan under the cherry tree :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 5 0 Itabby and Tama-chan in Blossom Bliss :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 10 6 Sage :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 0 0 Saint Patrick's with Sophia Sternfeld (500 views!) :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 1 3 Blooming tree in winter :iconxiaoshan-angel:xiaoshan-angel 2 2



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Too Tall by xiaoshan-angel
At 1.61m (5'3"), give or take a few cm, she is drawn too tall here.

This may be my first post in this journal, but I cannot help but get this off my chest.

During figure drawing class yesterday morning, one of the professors pointed out a problem regarding my sketches, and that is, legs are drawn too long, when the model is not very tall! I suspected that could be due to the 8-heads rule. And, turns out, stubbornly sticking to that rule can backfire on you, especially when the person/character/model you are drawing is short in stature. Even so, I was told that the so-called 8-heads rule is a "superhero proportion."

I know very well not to use the 8-heads rule when drawing toddlers and children, but things get murky when it comes to adults due to varying heights. Now I see myself deconstructing photographs of people (real or fictional) in terms of heads, myself included.

Lesson learnt: Don't blindly follow the 8-heads rule, unless the person/character/model is that tall. Definitely should not use on someone who is about my height, male or female!

EDIT: For someone who is about my height (161 cm, give or take a few cm), regardless of gender, eight heads is a huge no-no indeed. Go for 6.5 or 7 heads instead.


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You may address me as simply Xiaoshan, (Hanzi: 小善) but if you have trouble pronouncing "xiaoshan," then you may address me using my real name.

Animator by training, but has dealt with illustration, comics and photography. Life is miserable if I don't draw, paint or snap pictures.

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celticsidhe Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :)
SueMArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heart Balloon Emote Many thanks for faving Cherie, appreciated 5 seconds hug 
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
Nice gallery:)
xiaoshan-angel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Student General Artist
Heh, thanks! You may have noticed that I don't specialize in one medium though.
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
Lucky-LB-Artz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student Artist
Thank you for the favourites! :D If you're interested, take a closer look to my gallery or watch me for more works of mine <3 yay
AnimatorAR Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.  Here have a llama.  ^_^
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Save-The-Dinosaurs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Thanks so much for faving my work!Meow :3
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