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How to Draw Anime Males

Artist: Kyyhky / October 5, 2010
How to Draw Anime Males

Step 1.

Hello everyone! In this tutorial I’ll show you my way of drawing anime male bodies. First of all, we’re going to talk about proportions. The ideal human body contains 7 ½ heads from top to bottom, and 2 ½ heads from left to right. This can vary   

Step 2.

Now with the body. Basically there are a few lines that determine the pose and the attitude of the body. Those are the shoulders line, the hips, the feet and the neck-spine-legs (it could be separate lines, depending on position, but in this case you   

Step 3.

With those basic lines ready now you can sketch the final pose. Do it with simple lines for extremities and circles for the articulations. The knees should be placed at the start of the sixth head. This will make the femur measure only 2 heads. “Wh   

Step 4.

Now let's start with the head details. The facial features that distinguish a male face from a female face are a more marked jaw and a squared or pronounced chin.

Step 5.

The nose must be drawn in the intersection between the vertical line and another auxiliary horizontal line that will determine the angle of the head. Eyes are, I think, the most important part of the face. They give life to the characters. There are   

Step 6.

Some eyes

Step 7.

Where to place the ear? It must start where jaw intersects the auxiliary line for the nose you made before. Don't do them too big or too small, just the right size for your character to wear glasses so they can stay on the eyes line. Hair usually st   

Step 8.

Now that the head is finished, you can add a step of choice before start drawing the body. If the blue lines were the skeleton of your character, now the pink lines are the muscles and skin. This way you can start figuring out the contexture of the b   

Step 9.

Let's start drawing. KEEP THIS IN MIND EVERYTIME YOU DRAW A HUMAN BODY: Every body, from females to males and children, has very slight curves that give the body its naturalness and fluency. REMEMBER than even if you're drawing in a 2D format, what y   

Step 10.

Like cylinders.

Step 11.

Go on with the torso. At this time add the collar bone lines: these lines are more marked on males than females. Also make a slight line on the chest to give idea of pectorals; and following that line, place the belly button. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING:   

Step 12.

The legs are a little difficult to draw without making them look like two branch coming out under the torso. First keep in mind where the body weight is placed. That leg will look more tense and rigid than the other one. Another important thing is th   

Step 13.

We're close to finish! The arms. They should end a little down the crotch and the arm is a little bit longer than the forearm. Male arms are muscly and wider than females.

Step 14.

Think of the arm as a zone where the muscles stand out depending on the position of the body. If the arm is extended, the biceps will be relaxed and the triceps contracted, and vice versa.

Step 15.

Foreshortening. This is how it's called when a part of the body covers another part in a perspective angle. It's very difficult to make well. But here I want to highlight the pronounced elbow.

Step 16.

The hand again, front and back.

Step 17.

Finally, the feet! Even bare and standing feet have curves.

Step 18.

Okay, your character body's done! Make sure to erase the auxiliary lines while you're drawing or it'll look all messed up at the end.

Step 19.

He, I added a censoring towel. When you practice enough to feel comfortable with the human body, start skipping steps so you can incorporate the drawing skill. And observe. A lot. Observe other artist's drawings, and anatomy drawings and even people    

Comments (2)
PixAxyTilez · 6 years ago
PixAxyTilez · 6 years ago
Thank you for the awesome instructions; this How to really helped me with anime bodies. This was very helpful but still I'm having a hard time on the face but I'll figure out-besides I'm novice I probably shouldn't be trying to draw this because it's at intermediate but I still got it.
Artist: Kyyhky
Date Added: October 5, 2010
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Description: This is my very first tutorial, but I'll do my best to show you some useful tips on how to draw an anime male body!