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Centaur Proportion Tutorial by Yubria Centaur Proportion Tutorial by Yubria
EDIT EDIT: Added something I forgot.

EDIT: Fixed some typos *Uinn pointed out (thanks!). I guess I should also mention that the book I referred to was Drawing and Painting Horses by Barbara Oelke. It's a pretty awesome and VERY thorough book.

Ever since my last centaur tutorial ([link] - which is more of how-I-draw tutorial than anything else) I've been wanting to upload a more helpful tutorial about proportions, because in my opinion, it's the proportions that are the most important in making them believable/natural and the hardest to get right. So this is how I've been drawing centaurs for a while, and I've found it to be a pretty quick and easy method. If there are any typos, anything doesn't make sense, or if you have any questions, please let me know.

FYI because I'm a proud horse owner- that's my horse in the photo ref. :) He looks a lot better when he's groomed, though. He's a Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse, pretty short, and super fast. His name is Jireh (as in Jehovah Jireh, which is Hebrew for "God provides." We figured it was an appropriate name because Jireh was given to me). He currently lives in a pasture adjacent to our backyard. :heart:
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Dragonfox33 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh so glad I found this tutorial, it'll be a big help with my next project :'D

How would wings work with this I wonder? They would have to be pretty large, eh?
Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Why two ribcages?
Endersmirror Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Something I'd like to bring up for consideration.  Basing the size of the human torso on the horse's neck doesn't seem like it would work proportionately for a couple of reasons.  First, the neck of a horse is mostly muscle, one of the densest tissues in an animal's body, and even removing all the other organs from the human torso, the lungs take up a fair bit of space which would effect the general weight.  Also, using those proportions leaves out the consideration of the horse's head, which, as you've already stated, adds almost another full length to the distance the neck extends from the shoulders.  Since there is a need for counterbalancing when at speed, shouldn't the human torso be slightly larger to account for the weight/ stretched length difference between the torso and neck/ head?  My thoughts would be the human head's height could be about halfway between where the horse's head would be at full height and the head height of an average sized human rider sitting erect.  Just my 2 cents worth.
Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Super neat! I shall save this into my handy-dandy developing reference folder for future consideration!
Fireaze Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Glad you decided to make another one! :D
Yubria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Hope it's a little more helpful. ;)
Anemoritos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
very nice!!!! thanks a lot
Yubria Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
You're welcome. I hope it helps. :)
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
That's a nice tutorial, thanks for sharing! :heart:
Though, I'm afraid, you've submitted it into the wrong category. The deviantART Related / deviantART Tutorial category is for tutorials about deviantART like for example "how to manage your friends' list", "how to edit your dA settings" or all kinds of tutorials about the CSS skins for subscribed accounts.

Your tutorial fits best into the this category in the Resources & Stock Images gallery, because it's about digital painting and drawing, but isn't bound to a special painting software. :-)
Yubria Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thanks for clarifying that. I haven't submitted many tutorials, so what category to put them in is kind of confusing. :)
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