Female Anatomy, Figures, General Figure Drawing And Stylizing

Artist: Protectin369 / August 31, 2013

Step 1.

So you're probably wondering 'is this tutorial right for me?'. Well, if you struggle with putting poses together, it might be just for you.

Step 2.

Pretty self explanatory. The tutorial wasn't created on the intent of viewers going through and drawing what they see, it was created to teach some fundamentals behind how to draw something.

Step 3.

So, we're going to start right into it. 'Why do you have a semi-finished piece already?', some might ask. Well I have this because It's easier to show you how the drawing was formed through this manner, to help you understand how I composed this piec   

Step 4.

First, for any kind of drawing, you want to start out with a line of action. This helps you establish what kind of action your character, or figure, is doing. As we can see, this forms an semi-curve that goes downwards. From seeing the figure and see   

Step 5.

Now, we're mainly going to focus ont he left-hand figure. As you can see, the rib cage and the pelvis foundation has been added here. The arms, legs, and sockets have been defined. You can see that the rib cage is in line with the line of action, and   

Step 6.

This step focuses on the female back. Yet again, it's already done out. I'll be going over this process.

Step 7.

We start out with the spine again, the line of action. This part is very important as stated prior.

Step 8.

We clip on the hip and rib cage onto the action line again.

Step 9.

You'll notice on this image there are 3 areas that are circled in red. These areas indicate natural, realistic lines for this figure. As you can see, the one along her arm indicates, well, her arm-to some it's just an arm, but it's far more than that   

Step 10.

Now, I want to focus your attention on this figure. It's...Pretty simplistic, right? Not as simple as the last figure, with only lines, a rib cage, pelvis and head-but this is one of the most crucial parts of the drawing a lot of the time. I myself w   

Step 11.

Shapes. There are four basic 3-dimensional shapes that make up everything. Sphere, cube, cylinder, cone. If you learn how to shade and draw these properly, in different directions, in different perspectives, things will become a lot easier.

Step 12.

So, let's look back at the previous figure. We've got all the foundations set up and it's ready to be made human-but how do we make the figure on the right, look like the figure on the left? Well, we add human characteristics to it, of course.

Step 13.

Now, this is the same drawing except it's labeled with numbers. We'll begin with starting 1-1. The breasts are like water-balloons. The breast is like fat, in other words it's very affected by gravity in given situations such as this. You see the fig   

Step 14.

It's important you use references, real references. Photos of people, people, etc. There's a lot of places you can find references but I'd suggest not using google images.

Step 15.

So, with our initial pose in mind we can set up our characters in a sort of style. Now, different styles call for different methods of execution. This is a realistic(I tried) rendition of the pose. As you can see, I've included a lot of detail, I hav   

Step 16.

Now with different styles, you want to symbolize something that a realistic rendition doesn't symbolize. The style we'll focus on now is cartoony. When initially setting this up I decided in my mind 'I want a alluring, gorgeous character who'll draw    

Step 17.

The next style I'd like to vaguely cover is anime. Anime styles differ, but generally have the same look, feel, and appeal. Usually with anime females, you think of a 'full' figure, so that's what I tried to imply here, that this was a 'full-figure'    

Step 18.

And sometimes, you can just do whatever you want with a base if you set it up right, I mean my hand just slipped and I drew Tasha as a clown-oh.....Uhm. Next step!

Step 19.

BUT! Not to contradict myself or anything, but you don't want to do just one base over and over and over and over again. It'll get dull, repetitive and boring, and you'll master one pose-but there'll be so many more you haven't even tried. What bring   

Step 20.

So, the benefit of drawing poses is learning from them. Here are four examples of basic guidelines for poses. Each has a line of action, and you can tell what the perspective is for each. Perspective is a hard thing to master, but with time and effor   

Step 21.

You'll also notice with two characters who are interacting(these two examples were intimate), their lines of action cross paths eventually if you were to keep drawing them at the angle they are bent at. So after all this information you've had to tak   

Step 22.

And now you have reached the end of the tutorial. yayyyyyy. Hopefully you learned something from all of this, I really hope it helps you guys out with putting together some awesome ideas. If you have any requests for future tutorials please comment b   

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Artist: Protectin369
Date Added: August 31, 2013
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Description: Hello everyone. It's been a while since I set up a tutorial, way too long I believe. So i'm here with another tutorial except this time it's without a tablet *DUN DUN DUNNNN*. I know, shocking indeed. My tablet is currently broken and I had to send it back in to get it fixed, so right now I'm drawing on paper and I must say, it's a ton of fun-I'm loving it. I really do enjoy artwork, seeing it, creating it, being inspired by it-and i'm pleased that everyone here who draws puts time and effort into what they do-no matter how long they took on a drawing or how hard they worked at it. It's a resemblance of character. Anyways, enough with the sentimental stuff right? In this tutorial I want to help people establish the concept of female anatomy. There's not explicit in this tutorial, everything is just figure and non-explicit. If you want to know what I used to do this tutorial, I used, well, a mechanical pencil, some paper, and about 7 hours of my time to put it together.