Construction of The Animated Fashion Figure

Illustrated by Anik Pujiati

Although the Animated fashion figure is the type most popular for newspaper advertising and general use, the fashion artist should be familiar with the proportions of both the Animated and the Mannequin Types. The following proportions are for an animated figure in a symmetrical pose, to illustrate more clearly the correct locations of the parts of the body. Copy this figure exactly, including all the guide lines, and keep it in your permanent file.

The average person will find it easier to draw from left to right and from top of the paper down, but you may proceed in any manner you prefer. As the head is the most useful unit for measuring a figure, it will be used as a measuring unit for all other proportions. One speaks of a figure as being so many heads tall. The human figure is seven and one-half heads tall, whereas a fashion figure is from eight to ten heads tall. The Animated Type of fashion figure is about eight and three-quarters heads tall.