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Space Marine Proportions by WordBearer Space Marine Proportions by WordBearer
The bain of my early attempts at drawing Space Marines was that I did not know that what the right proportions were for them. I looked at the work of Karl Kopinski (Look at the picture in the front of the 4th edition rulebook of the Ravenguard making planetfall.) I figured them out. Not only did I work out their proportions, but I also figured out what the right proportions for their weapons are. I will porbably refine this later on. All of the Space Marine pics so far posted by me have been done using these proportions. The key is that you base the proportions off of the Space Marine's head, not his helmet.
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Name-Changer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Could you draw a timeline process? Like first steps to drawing the marine without armour, then applying the armour, then proportions for the helmet?
andythemarine Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Writer
could you also put propotions on the helmets that always screws me up
icemonkeyjr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! the different mediums that 40k is portrayed ina ll have different proportions, the tabletop is just crazy, dow 1 and 2's is different yet more realistic, relics CGI movies/trailers are perfect but its not easy to use as reference, its difficult to figure out but youve nailed in imo, if i complete the piece in which i used this as reference your getting massive amounts of praise :D
WordBearer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Oh thanks man, its really amazing just how many people have really liked this piece, never would have expected it at the time I drew it. Hope it helps you out.
ShadowShogun50 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool this is going to help me a lot with my drawings :D
vichingo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
great... i'm having to make 3d versions of space marines for a client.. and I could not find anything on measurements and proportions.. but I still need sideview info.. know any resources??
WordBearer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Hmm, no I don't but I suppose I could try sketching some. The thing to keep in mind is that while still largely human in proportion space marines are far broader and more massive, with an upper body more akin to a gorilla's in its layout, just upright and humanized. Here is a really great site that went in depth about EVERYTHING involving space marines physiology, check it out [link]

If you were wondering philip sibbering is the artist who does just about all of the cover art for everything ever made by Black Library (GW's book publisher) for the last 15 years. He know's his stuff.

The stuff on reproduction is there too but its hard to find.
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Nice picture, I haven't found many pics with proper measurements for Space Marines on Deviantart such as this, the weapons on this pic look simply realistic and professionally made.

Great pic, that's all have to say really!
skania Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
U rock, thats a piece of nice work, it will be very helpful for me. I ve got a question for u, could u maybe post a normal human proportions and muscles/bones schemes? I would be very thankful
belakorgod Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! I have always wanted to draw space marines but never had the knack! This is going to be incredibly helpful, thankyou so much! Great Job!
WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
4adams Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
you are cool
Lord-Squish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
This is very useful, thanks for putting it up here.
Howard-33 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
If you want some outside thoughts on the what your trying to achieve, then check out this site. You will find it very helpful.
WordBearer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Wow, amazing work, very in depth and detailed. There are a few points I would like to help him clarify but on the whole its spot on. Thanks for the link, I'll definately use this.
MARTENSIT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Thank you I've been looking for this type of info for awhile!
damonx99 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the guide. It helps out a lot!
CrabTasterMan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
he reminds me of a big refrigerator dude. his armor does look very burly compared to his head, i know, space marines have enhanced growths and strengths... lol, just commenting on what space marines look like. GJ on all the work!
WordBearer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Yeah, I'm going to redo these as I've gotten a lot better at drawing them since then. Damn, this is 3 years old already!
DreamIllusion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
A big round of thanks to you, for giving us all a great guide on how to draw Space Marines accurately. :+fav:
Uplinx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
nice...I like the bolters....good details
Munwa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
This is really great helped me out a lot on drawing my space marines a big thx to ya
TehDarkPredator Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
Nice work, but if you watch enough stuff, you can do it automatically...

...actually, I do most stuff on auto-pilot... Actually, I could got to sleep and simply do stuff while I sleep... :w00t:
WordBearer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Thanks, I was beginning to think that no one had noticed that I had done this. I have found that it is usually best to draw space marine figures without armor first as its easier to foreshorten, and then just layer the armor on top of it using these proportions. Glad to be of help.
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
holy mother of God! what a great idea. you don't know how useful is this drawing. The Astartes proportions are so hard. Nice gallery ;)
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