You can see at a glance why the actual or normal proportions arc not very satisfactory. All academic drawings based on normal proportions have this dumpy, old-fashioned look. Most fashion artists stretch the figure even beyond eight heads, and in allegorical or heroic figures the "superhuman" type — nine heads — may be used effectively. Note at what point, or head unit, the middle of the figure falls in each. It would be well to draw the side and back in these various proportions, using the previous page for a general guide but changing the proportion. You can control the appcarancc of height or shortness in any figure by the relative size of the head you use.
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