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:star:Because some people have asked me about a body proportions tutorial here it is :D
i descided for 2 or more parts about body proportions and this first one should give an insight of
some basic knowledge. you know, first things first ;)


More is coming soon ;) ^__^

Learn Manga: How to draw the female head front by Naschi Learn Manga: How to draw the female head side by NaschiLearn Manga: Female Hair Styles by NaschiLearn Manga: Emotions by Naschi
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LyordMorado Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  New member
Hey can I use the pose that he girl is making for my drawing? I will credit you if needed.
Rushia-san Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Does the head size stay the same with age? Like i know the whole size changes (like 4 heads to 5 to 6 ect) but would the actual head size change (like 2cm for child 3 for teen 4 for adult etc?)

When i draw it seems the head is toobig for the body even though the proportions are correct
Evie6993 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank u soo much! XxxxxxxxxxI think I've fainted. 
pradeepLSSJ4 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you.
LillyDragneel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Can the next one be hand tutorials , please thanks
rewtyuiop3 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
this is just a request but cn u do a tutorial on youtube on how to do this cuz i dont get how to u dont have to tho cuz its ur choice not mine btw this is very useful Hug ::3:Asuna (Speechless) [V1] 
manamiakanami168 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Thanks :D
Alinachhantel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
thank-u very much.....
CrashBandifan3000 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking for something like this, i struggle with stuff like this. Thanks :3
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
holy damn ... this is exactly what i'm looking for. THANK YOU VERY MUCH *BIG HUG*
jimmytripleh Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks , this is so useful!
Ace-Catel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How useful! :D
ktunstill Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I really want to thank you for sharing your knowledge of manga its really has helped me.
mangasketchartist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
looks good
Seradraconis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, helps alot!
FluoroLime Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! This helped me heaps.
dinaminzer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Catorer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Artist
You have no idea how much this stuff can help me with my drawings, you're amazing! :D
vdragonball Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
hey can any one show me a easier way of drwing the hands
WhiteKana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Digital Artist
I love your art and everything that you do, and actually your tutorials give great information on the manga style it self.
I just would like to say I am sure you know the epitome and the bottom of all this. Because your proportion knowledge is there, and you either learnt from life or models (however some people actually learn from looking at other anime art :/, i did at the start, but that source was very limited for me)
I think what needs to be mentioned is that people need to learn how to draw Humans, or atleast learning the skeleton and muscles, etc. Because just knowing the style will not make your characters dynamic and alive.
Ofc i am not all knowing and i am still learning from life, and will learn my whole life. But this is where i believe everything starts.
Do you know those how to draw manga books? In my opinion they don't teach anything at all, because they never really teach you life. (actually the only books that ever helped my improve is 50 years old ones, that focus on detailed human anatomy).
However it could be different for all, and this is just my opinion. If you got your skills in other ways i think that's great, and then my opinion is invalid and is personified to preferences.
Sorry for broken english :). I am in no way judging your tutorials, i think they are great, and very well organised, and I love how you draw eyes! Thanks for taking your time to post them. I am just suggesting an add-on that is all :).
jaylakit Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Question.... What would the proportion of a teenage boy be? And is 1:6 for a teenage girl or adult girl? Either way thanks for this it was so helpfull!
manami-chanchan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm super glad I cam across your DA, I really enjoy drawing manga style.  My only problem is that I seem to only be able to draw characters if I have a tutorial.  Otherwise anything I draw turns into a mess.  Now, with a better understanding on HOW to draw and the proper techniques, I think I can take it to the next level.  So please, keep posting!
WhiteKana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Digital Artist
The only reason why this turn to be a mess, is because a lot of tutorials forget to mention: "You must draw from life".
What you need to learn is now Manga style, but drawing people and then transfer it to manga style.
I went through all those thick and thick woods myself, and the only way I could get better is drawing people. The best learning is if you have a life model. Your skills sky rocket. (ofc not in one day, but the process speeds up)
Maria-Aguirre Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
coul you make a tutorial on child-proportions? i relly need help with that ;A;
TaliaGarrett Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This was a huge help! Thanks!
BookEaterSCV Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love you!
Your tutorials are helping me a lot! <3
Naschi Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I'm glad you like it :heart:
LJG-artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for this!
UndyingResistance Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for having made these tutorials, they are genuinely helpful, your pretty/cute art style makes them fun to look at as well.
Thiarymthm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
excellent thankyou again for posting such helpful guides
suttle-rebellion Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Thanks so much for all your tutorials! <3
I have to say, the part of the body I have the most trouble with is definitely the legs, I have to constantly redraw them to make them look fine
KaishoSohando Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Wow, this is really nice? :D Thanks for making this tutorial! :D
ChaosEpsilonSigma Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanks!

That girl is super cute too!
sky-blue-penguin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Thanks. This will really help me draw an OC refrence sheet.
ClampxQiseki Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial ;__;! <3 You're amazing.~ 
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
thx :)
scenikeight Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
asdfghjkl; so helpful! I nearly always screw up proportions when drawing full bodied characters.
sadmac356 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Yeah, it's very helpful. I tend to goof up when I draw people in general, especially full bodies. Also, I can't seem to get the neck right.
Naschi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Thank you, this is nice :cuddle:
SpartanPrincess Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Julesie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good!

Can I ask though if you would ever consider drawing a tutorial on the male body like the bottom picture? When I draw males, mine either come out far too manly or really curvy like women. I can't figure out how to draw the male torso despite looking at many real life photos of males. Thank you. =)
Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! :D
I have a question though:  Do elbow always start at the waist and the hands end a little below the crotch?
Lembas--Bread Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you should really publish a how to draw manga book! that would surely help many people ^ ^
Kelwen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're life saver. Love
Scarlet-Angel13 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Hopefully this will help, I think my mum is getting fed up of having various half drawn characters presented to her and her then having to work out which part is out of proportion ^_^ 
kiyousasaki Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thank you, <3 
archman11bravo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Nice tutorial but I have seen this 'head count' taught before many times but after a while it becomes obsolete as when your using non traditional poses like example many of spidermans and Naruto's poses. The body is no longer in a head count position but hopefully by the time many try poses like that they have become more familiar with proportions to where the 'head count' is no longer needed
zack-fernandes Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, this "head count" thing is more like a proportion training, after some practice you don't need it anymore, it becomes natural. Nowadays I only use this in the character development for my stories, it is useful to define a fixed height, and more importantly, the height of a character compared to the others.
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