Drawing Short & Tall People

Any tutorials (or just advice in general) on drawing short/tall people? I see a lot of stuff on how to draw average-sized people, but when I go to draw someone who ISN’T average-sized, I find myself at a loss… Help?

Play with proportions.

The average adult human is said to be about 7 heads tall. This doesn’t mean all people, or even that most people are actually 7 heads tall though. Plenty of people are above and below that measurement.

To draw someone shorter, you can sever a head or two. Or add them on to make them taller. Most of that height tends to be in the legs, but there is some variation in torso height. It’s also important to note that head sizes vary as well.

I googled up some photos of people of differing heights and made a quick head count overlay:

So yeah, I’m not sure if someone attempted this before, but I decided to use this chart and pixel-scaling to measure the heights of the cast of Super Mario Bros. This is what I got.:

  1. Boo: 2’5⅛” (43 pixels)
  2. Goomba: 2’6½” (45 pixels)
  3. Baby Mario: 3’⅝” (54 pixels)
  4. Baby Luigi: 3’1¼” (55 pixels)
  5. Shy Guy: 3’4⅝” (60 pixels)
  6. Toad: 3’5⅜” (61 pixels)
  7. Toadette: 3’5⅜” (61 pixels)
  8. Toadsworth: 3’5⅜” (61 pixels)
  9. Dixie Kong (on fours): 3’9⅜” (67 pixels)
  10. Diddy Kong (on fours): 3’10⅛” (68 pixels)
  11. Koopa Troopa: 4’⅛” (71 pixels)
  12. Koopa Paratroopa: 4’⅛” (71 pixels)
  13. Dry Bones: 4’¾” (72 pixels)
  14. Bowser Jr. 4’4¼” (77 pixels)
  15. Bullet Bill (length): 4’6¼” (80 pixels)
  16. Hammer Bros (and variants): 4’8¼” (83 pixels)
  17. Mario: 5’1” (90 pixels; Base Height)
  18. Lakitu (hair to bottom of cloud): 5’5¾” (97 pixels)
  19. Wario: 5’6⅜” (98 pixels)
  20. Luigi: 5’8½” (101 pixels)
  21. Yoshi: 5’8½” (101 pixels)
  22. Daisy (crown excluded): 5’9¾” (103 pixels)
  23. Piranha Plant: 5’9¾” (103 pixels) (Varies; some may extend for over 50 feet)
  24. Peach (crown excluded): 5’11⅞” (106 pixels)
  25. Donkey Kong (on fours): 5’11⅞” (106 pixels)
  26. Birdo (from the top of the bow down): 6’3⅞” (112 pixels)
  27. Waluigi: 6’11⅜” (123 pixels)
  28. Wiggler (with flower): 7’2¾” (128 pixels)
  29. Bowser: 8’4⅜” (148 pixels) (varies by game; height listed is “normal” height)
  30. Petey Piranha: 12’7⅞” (224 pixels)

So yeah, there’s that. There are far more Mario characters that exist, but these are the 30 characters that were put in the poster, and this poster was made before Rosalina became popular. Speaking of Rosalina, I recently determined her height as 6’8⅞”. Now, due to the low resolution of the chart (768x383), this is rather inaccurate. Well, enjoy.