Why Your Proportions are Wrong and How to Fix Them
When you start a drawing, do you jump right in to drawing all the small parts? Knock it off!
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If you’re not an advanced artist with a well trained eye, starting with details usually ends with wacky proportions. In this student critique, we’ll examine the work of two students who focused on drawing foot bones without following the big-to-small hierarchy. I’ll show you a 2D technique called “enveloping” and then a 3D process that helps keep your forms dynamic and in proportion. Woo!
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  • Mauro Rivadeneira
    Mauro Rivadeneira

    You are an amazing teacher! Great videos!

  • Jemar D Blount
    Jemar D Blount

    This Is Drawing on 📏 from a common sense.

  • Julliet Mind
    Julliet Mind

    Do you have two different colored eyes?

  • __

    Proko pls help me draw a kangaroo from imagination, any Tips?

  • Enrico Baschenis
    Enrico Baschenis

    "so we're gonna start with mario" (my stupid brain) "whoa."

  • Cinco Boy
    Cinco Boy

    exactly why i only draw backgrounds

  • Yosemite -
    Yosemite -

    You should do a full drawing in these little details... I feel that is going to help a lot of people.


    He be lookin like moriarty for real👀

  • Sam Manalili
    Sam Manalili

    Since it is impractical to disect humans just to see inside parts, we must rely on the old drawings of past masters who fortunately witnessed a dissected body! And from that accurately drawn body parts we pass it to other dtawers- would- be. Anyway the computers have replaced all these nuances ! But of course the classical way is much better !

  • Cølin Cølin
    Cølin Cølin

    Good God, how big is that Cintiq?!

  • Sneaky Weasel
    Sneaky Weasel

    mmm.... he looks good with the little beard and moustache 😏💙

  • Robb keyser
    Robb keyser

    me: im going to be a great artist proko : *drew something me : mcdonalds might have an opening for cashier position

  • Brandon Renkes
    Brandon Renkes

    Working in Photoshop, using guide lines work very nice in place of drawing plumb lines manually.

  • krispy cin
    krispy cin

    Is it just me or... Proko has heterochromia? (If you look really closely, his right eye is a bit more bluish than his left eye)

    • just a cock waiting to be jacked
      just a cock waiting to be jacked

      focus on 100

  • Kermit Trump
    Kermit Trump

    English please?

  • Douwe Bloot
    Douwe Bloot

    Dankjewel. Goede info.

  • Hendrix Tarantado
    Hendrix Tarantado

    Wow.. watching this helped me draw more accurately. I used to draw just by trying to get every detail in right away, so most of the time my drawings end up looking weird or have no more space for the drawing. Now having this knowledge made it so much easier and got me wanting to learn more since i was surprised of how my drawings improved. Thank for sharing and taking ur time in to making these videos. ✌✌👍👍

  • SerEgoR Solo Productions
    SerEgoR Solo Productions

    @proko do you have heterochromia??

  • Pelzforelle []
    Pelzforelle []


  • Green Wood
    Green Wood

    Thank u so much for this awesome demo! Learned a lot. Have a good day.

  • Edward Luis Paez Ventura's art tv
    Edward Luis Paez Ventura's art tv

    Nice tutorial even it´s a lil hard for me.

  • Swamp Fox
    Swamp Fox

    Just curious, do you have any comic book artists work that you like?

  • Nick McCollum
    Nick McCollum

    Who else wiped their screen at 8:40?

  • TN Films
    TN Films

    I love your lessons!!! So... why don't you criticise the good ones, why it is right! I mean is kind of a disappointment for someone to post their good work and not get feedback. I know you want to teach us with the mistakes and I do appreciate it!!!🤝 #notahater 😉

  • Sachie Reid
    Sachie Reid

    Oh... I will just have to make sure I don’t have to draw/paint feet 😞

  • Saeed Babaei
    Saeed Babaei

    how do you make those simple forms when drawing portraits?

    • VariableEddie

      From what I've seen, the forms a lot of artists use in portraits are drawn using the contrasts in lighting. Without worrying about shading, just draw the shapes that the contrast light implies and work your way into smaller groups in that way. But maybe some would recommend the Loomis method and others might prefer the Reilly method(I'm not great at any just yet, though I am trying to learn).

  • Publico Jornas
    Publico Jornas

    Do you have a sketchbook that you can show?

  • Anthony Valdez
    Anthony Valdez

    Push the envelope! Watch it bend!

    • Kameron Mertz
      Kameron Mertz

      *Tool sounds*

  • null pointer
    null pointer

    *Unless you a zombie*

  • LMZ

    Fantastic video, very helpful.

  • Riccardo Leone
    Riccardo Leone

    Maybe fewer assignments this time because foots are often enveloped in shoes or cut out of the frame

  • Pankaj Verma
    Pankaj Verma

    Thank you!

  • Blues Urbub
    Blues Urbub

    What is that two finger glove your using? And it's purpose? like is it to avoid you getting your skins oil on your screen? I have a hard time not touching paper or other surfaces while I draw do you have any advice for me?

  • Osorno 1314
    Osorno 1314

    Dude you are my hero.

  • Inevitable Crafts Lab
    Inevitable Crafts Lab

    isnt the right one supposed to be a hand not a foot?

  • djef ardeur
    djef ardeur


  • MusicalRaichu

    your primary forms are even simpler than i thought ... i think this will help me a lot, thanks so much!

  • Andre Debrassa
    Andre Debrassa

    Proko, I want to thank you for your tutorials. My drawings used to be mostly "icing" without any "cake", and any correct proportions I may have drawn would've been happy accidents. Now drawing is much easier and more accurate. So, thank you!

    • Spuzz

      Very happy to hear your successful experience. Thanks for sharing !!

  • Junior Dash
    Junior Dash

    very good at teaching

  • light yagami
    light yagami

    its really hard to see the bigger picture

  • truth884

    What about actual wide feet?

  • Andy T
    Andy T

    why tf is he so cute

  • Franky Giuffrida
    Franky Giuffrida

    You seem annoyed

  • Cheneviv

    Do you have hetrochromia?

    • Proko

      Don’t think so. My eyes are green.

  • Cleave

    Thank you so much this is pure gold 😊

  • Steve's Content
    Steve's Content

    love your tutorials, man. so much education about the fundamentals

  • Amritpalh H
    Amritpalh H

    Lol phalange (Friends)

  • Joe Forrest
    Joe Forrest

    This is exactly the clarity and guidance I need. Thanks!

  • Blake Miller Studio
    Blake Miller Studio

    This is great stuff. Thank you!!

  • kaiser der variante
    kaiser der variante

    I find the feet a bit more challenging to learn than the hand

    • Nadia Syeda
      Nadia Syeda

      For me, feet are easy with a reference but Hands are crazy hard

  • Donald Bowins
    Donald Bowins

    Wait, 14:48, you put the corner of the heel shape on the wrong plumb line, in the reference it corners on the leftmost line. When I was learning I used grids a lot to keep proportions and did that all the time.

  • David Stedmond
    David Stedmond

    Am I the only one that thinks he's a bit like Leonardo Di Caprio?

    • Richard Inbootay
      Richard Inbootay

      From the eyes up

    • just a cock waiting to be jacked
      just a cock waiting to be jacked

      yea he looks like him some what😂

    • Gibbyace

      "Draw me Like one of your french Girls!*

    • Anna Kukava
      Anna Kukava

      More like Moriarty

    • Sherry Doodle-All-Day
      Sherry Doodle-All-Day

      It's just you, buddy😉

  • nodws

    "I'll see you in the butt" my man!

    • Bryan


  • Rui Pedro
    Rui Pedro

    Can't f*ckin' wait for Beginners Course. I feel like I was waiting my all life for it.

  • Oskar Zdrojewski
    Oskar Zdrojewski

    I feel like I have the opposite approach. Just like you I work from big to small, but I let smaller shapes to define proportions. Might be a 3d habit.

    • Nadia Syeda
      Nadia Syeda

      Whatever works for you

  • A T
    A T

    Thanks for being so amazing Proko, I wish more begginers knew how great these free videos are. They are better than most paid classes.

  • Anime Hivemind
    Anime Hivemind

    this feels like a cheap trick, this whole envelope thing. It's the opposite of drawing. Though i guess when you go pro you do all the primary and secondary shapes in your mind, and the viewer sees a jump from blank canvas to details. It saddens me cause it kills the magic of drawing but also gives me faith that i could do it too.

    • Huaqian Zheng
      Huaqian Zheng

      stupid idiot lol

    • Udo Filus
      Udo Filus


    • ST

      This IS the magic of drawing. If you think artists are all magically drawing everything from their imagination with no construction all the time then you probably haven’t done any real studies yet. If you want to get to that point where you can do that (Kim Jung Gi for example) then you should learn basic concepts like this first. Skipping over foundations for silly things like that is the worst thing you could ever do for yourself as an artist, no matter if you draw realism/anime/cartoons/etc. Remember that drawing is a skill you don’t inherently have, even the best of the best had to learn how to draw doing things like this.

    • Jennifer :
      Jennifer :

      Anime Hivemind you’re acting as if you can draw in the first place. Chill weeb

    • J L
      J L

      Anime Hivemind I understand where you are coming from, but construction is important for any kind of art. If you don't like it, then at least use some reference images to help with proportion (for comparison.) These aren't cheap tricks, they've been passed on for centuries and you shouldn't try to avoid them because they feel like 'cheating'

  • Jesse Mersier
    Jesse Mersier

    Lil convoluted but an interesting approach.

  • Hanna

    You deserve a like and much more

  • GG

    Such a helpful video, re-watch ing it to draw feet correctly, thanks Pro-ko 👌👍

  • Canito

    How could exists idiots who dislike this?

  • maedeh m
    maedeh m

    Thanks alot

  • tabundo001

    Thanks a lot Proko. The "twisted shapes are usually S curves" was an Eureka moment for me. Duh. Seems so obvious now.

  • Elin Jona
    Elin Jona

    Omg the glove 😶

  • Holt Lundgren
    Holt Lundgren

    I'll definitely remember your tips, but I really want to know what brand of 'tablet glove' you use...?

  • Nicholas D
    Nicholas D

    what tablet do you use and what brush do you use? thanks.

  • Manybuckets

    Does he have a video on special effects? If not it'd be cool if there was. *wink wink*

  • Angus Hay
    Angus Hay

    Aw you look tired sleep earlier, great vid even if you are running on fumes...

  • krisCrash

    I was going to argue that getting ones big forms right ensures the right proportions, but I see that's not really true. The good news is if you keep drawing while measuring the proportions, they eventually become quite automatic.

  • Addie Brice
    Addie Brice

    In the butt. 😂🤗

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