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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  • 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)

  • 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*

  • Roshan Jafri
    Roshan Jafri

    *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!

  • nub -
    nub -

    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 😊

  • Steven Larong Bico
    Steven Larong Bico

    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?

    • Gibbyace

      "Draw me Like one of your french Girls!*

    • Rainhousefunk

      More like Moriarty

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

      It's just you, buddy😉

    • Sidra Jeni
      Sidra Jeni

      Yep u r the only one 😁😄😄

    • A.D. DAS
      A.D. DAS


  • nodws

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

  • 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


    • Sienna Tran
      Sienna Tran

      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'

  • Acid Bunny
    Acid Bunny

    I don't know how, but somehow this helps me to understand how to draw feet from behind.

  • Jesse Mersier
    Jesse Mersier

    Lil convoluted but an interesting approach.

  • Hanna Bo
    Hanna Bo

    You deserve a like and much more

  • joseph's daughter's son
    joseph's daughter's son

    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. 😂🤗



  • Niven A. Nolte
    Niven A. Nolte

    Thank you.

  • ElementStar

    Will there be a lesson for drawing the muscles of the foot? Also is the butt part of the course for the torso or the legs? Just curious.

    • Sean Ramsey
      Sean Ramsey

      The Butt will be part of the legs course and there will be a foot muscles lesson at the end of the legs course.

  • kako animation
    kako animation

    I want to see a realistic animation made by hand! can you make it?

  • jkell42

    Such a great video! Thanks for posting.

  • Stelios Kapet
    Stelios Kapet

    The drawing of the hand at 2:00 you made is also wrong

    • Jennifer :
      Jennifer :

      Stelios Kapet it has 4 fingers because that’s from the other side where there’s no thumb ya fucking idiot

    • J L
      J L

      Stelios Kapet Care to elaborate?

  • Ruth Squitieri
    Ruth Squitieri

    This is excellent. You are the best!


    Love you man, in the least gayest way possible

  • Alexey Saranchev
    Alexey Saranchev

    How to fix my own proportions in real life though? ; __ ;

    • Mars

      Plastic surgery

  • accademia del fumetto siena
    accademia del fumetto siena

    it's an interesting lesson to start draw the hand and foot.

  • Lunatunny

    Exactly. I wish I could've seen this when I was starting out.

  • Adelinawrites

    Ahh, great tips. Also - u cute. *_*

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