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Scale
Warpedwenger at 3:09PM, Jan. 11, 2008
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All my characters a very different sizes and I have trouble keeping them to the proper scale. Anybody have some advice on that?
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lba at 3:52PM, Jan. 11, 2008
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Try using your pencil as a ruler by laying it over the object you want to match and placing your thumbnail at the length of the object starting it from the tip of your pencil. You can then use this method to quickly measure out an objects size and match it.

If you're trying to get depth, lightly draw out the lines to your vanishing point and use those to help you. Don't be afraid to get in and make a mess drawing out perspective lines.
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Warpedwenger at 4:09PM, Jan. 11, 2008
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True that! My perspective is horrible I should be using more lines anyway. I have several different rulers and tools that I use to map out my thumbnails but somehow somebody always ends up to big or to small.
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lba at 4:18PM, Jan. 11, 2008
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Well, another way you can avoid that is to do more sketching in your final work. Rather than draw the details right away start by just sketching out rough figures. Go through the entire page and just make basic shapes. Pose your figures with ovals until you're satisfied that they're the right size and in a position that looks good across the whole page. After that do your detail work. Work the entire page at the same level of completion instead of doing one panel before moving on to the next. This way you can make changes to figure position and size easier before you finalize things and do details.

Not only will your scale become better but your work as a whole will likely improve if you work it all at the same level.
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Warpedwenger at 2:13AM, Jan. 12, 2008
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Ill give it a go… Thanks…
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