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    How do you draw several people together in proper perspective?

    What are the ways in which you can know you are drawing several figures in one scene standing and sittlng in proper perspective? I have trouble with making them all look like they belong in the same enviroment. Especially when I am working from photographs of real people and not just drawing from my head.

    Trying to paste the photographs together in paintshop pro doesn't work either as I usually get the figures either too large or two small.

    Any guides or scans of books anyone knows of?

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    Loomis, Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, pp. 34-37.


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    Loomis' Figure Drawing for all it's Worth has a few pages on multiple people in perspective. There's a download link to the PDF posted somewhere here.

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    Awesome Thank you all.

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    Perspective Made Easy

    Perspective Made Easy PDF

    This is a great book and easy to read. You can save it from my site.



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    I printed a section of that Loomis book and am going to work more with it today. But, I do have a problem with the 8 heads high' thing, it doesn't show how to use that scale when drawing a man and a woman or someone taller and shorter with the same 8 heads scale in the same picture. So am I supposed to make the man's head larger? I'll have to think on that some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthro-trees View Post
    it doesn't show how to use that scale when drawing a man and a woman or someone taller and shorter with the same 8 heads scale in the same picture. So am I supposed to make the man's head larger?
    If the top of someone's head lines up with another's shoulder, standing side-to-side, then line up the head and shoulder in perspective. The line on the taller person's shoulder, going back to a vanishing point, should be at the top of the shorter person's head, wherever they are on the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anjy View Post
    If the top of someone's head lines up with another's shoulder, standing side-to-side, then line up the head and shoulder in perspective. The line on the taller person's shoulder, going back to a vanishing point, should be at the top of the shorter person's head, wherever they are on the plane.
    Cool, thanks. I hadn't thought of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anjy View Post
    If the top of someone's head lines up with another's shoulder, standing side-to-side, then line up the head and shoulder in perspective. The line on the taller person's shoulder, going back to a vanishing point, should be at the top of the shorter person's head, wherever they are on the plane.
    Yes, that's the way to do it. Wherever the horizon line is will cut through everyone at the same spot. So if you've got one guy sitting in a chair in the background, and the horizon line happens to hit him at eye level, then the guy who's standing in the foreground will have the horizon line hit him right where the other guy's eye line would be if they were next to each other- in the middle of his chest, probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezy View Post
    Perspective Made Easy PDF

    This is a great book and easy to read. You can save it from my site.
    Great. Thanks. I am going to print it later and work through it.

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