DRAWING FIGURES & PEOPLE in NATURE & LANDSCAPES LESSONS & TUTORIALS
Balance your figures properly. Don't rake them appear as if they seem about to tip over ;`If you find it difficult to do so, then draw up and down lines upon your cardboard ('as indicated by dotted lines) where the figures are to stand. These lines will guide you in keeping the figures plumb.
To place a figure well in a landscape without having it on the spot, so that not only it composes well but seems to stand in its place on the ground, is really a most difficult thing. Many people never learn to do it. Their figures are either too large or too small for the place they occupy.
This brings us to the problem of sizing and placing more than one figure in a drawing or painting. There is a guide which deals with standing people all the same height on level ground (which almost never happens!) Not greatly helpful, but neverthless here it is:
This painting lesson will show you how I move from an original idea, through the entire process as I paint an equine subject in my studio.
I’ve been meaning to do a tutorial on how to do a crowd scene illustration, and in late November I was assigned a tough one for MAD that I thought afforded the opportunity to demonstrate how to approach and execute a crowd scene. In consideration of that thought, I saved conceptual sketches and stages of this particular job for MAD so I could use them to illustrate how I go about constructing a crowd scene.
How to Draw Crowd Scenes - The more comics you draw, the more comfortable you become with drawing your regular cast of characters. Into every comic, however, a crowd scene must fall. Unless your characters are on a deserted island or in some other companion-deprived setting, that is. There are a lot of ways to present the idea of a crowd from the very detailed to the more abstract, but some things are universal no matter how you choose to draw it. Here I will go over those elements.