I hope its right place to ask this question, anyways this is my example of what I try to paint in photoshop with digital pen and i try to understand what wrong in this paint.

Some say - the head is small, other - the legs are long and so on.

But I see something i miss here. Please help,

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Well, the upper part of the body (to be more specific, the torso) is not proportional to the rest of the body. That's what's beet bothering me a little about the image. Also, the arms appear to be a little small.

http://guardianlv.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/human-body.jpg image source

The proportions used in figure drawing are:

  • An average person, is generally 7-and-a-half heads tall (including the head).
  • An ideal figure, used when aiming for an impression of nobility or grace, is drawn at 8 heads tall.
  • A heroic figure, used in the heroic for the depiction of gods and superheroes, is eight-and-a-half heads tall. Most of the additional length comes from a bigger chest and longer legs. (source)

Your entire drawing is apx 7 times the height of the head: enter image description here

Ideal body proportions for a woman:

http://www.idrawdigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/prop_female.gif image source

  • i thought short hands and short torso comes from twisted body position. Feb 6, 2016 at 14:48
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    @MaximShoustin not this much, twisting a body doesn't affect the proportions this much, you don't get noticeably shorter when turning. I am also posting an image of some ideal body proportions for a woman right away
    – Alin
    Feb 6, 2016 at 14:50
  • Even though I think this is a great answer and I did upvote it I would also cite where your image came from. It's solely up to you but in the past we've have people gripe when their pictures are used and note noted.
    – user9447
    Feb 6, 2016 at 15:57
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    No problem. Its not required to cite images but in the past we've had issues of the susposed owner. Either way i think this answers the question.
    – user9447
    Feb 6, 2016 at 16:43
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    While I agree with the diagnosis that the torso isn't realistically proportioned, the part of this answer about "ideal" proportions could use some qualification: "ideal" can vary quite a bit depending on the subject's race, age, body type, etc., as well as the target aesthetic. I mean, that diagram is pretty obviously for a 20th-century, Western (American, I would guess), probably heterosexual-male-centric concept of Caucasian women. Which might work for this drawing—but might also be totally wrong for the next.
    – Edward
    Feb 7, 2016 at 3:03

It looks to me like the breast is extending directly out from the bottom of the neck and this looks a bit un-natural for a woman. As seen in the image provided by Alin, there is a subtle collarbone and upper chest surface area extending from the neck before breasts. Also I think the neck might be just a little too short in your photoshop.

  • Agree, thanks, I thought about and if you think the same, its real issue Feb 6, 2016 at 19:32

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