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tanovic54321  asked:

I cant draw guys for anything, help a girl out with like drawing male upper bodies and legs

I was actually mid trying to design sci-fi clothing but it just wasn’t working (for now) but I realised I had already drawn an upper body and decided it was perfect for me to use that for a tutorial.

Before I start, I would like you to know that there are a billion different ways you can draw male upper bodies because bodies can vary greatly. I’m going to assume you want me to teach you how to draw a triangle body.  For this tutorial, I’ll be using examples from my own experiences: what I wanted to draw vs what I drew (which ended up incorrect). You can apply this technique to most body types by following the key suggestions that I will show if you’re aiming for this specific type of body proportions (this means that this doesn’t cover the body mass — only the proportions for a typical “triangle” body.)

I would also like you to know that my drawings lately has been a struggle for some unknown reason so the examples will look a little wonky, sorry about that!

So, when I start drawing a male body with a triangle shape this is what it typically looks like (it will vary, still, depending on the body type overall, but this is usually what I draw as a rough sketch). Note the lines and shapes used in the “correct” option. Here is a tutorial I made a while ago explaining the typical shapes I use for male bodies. When I was younger, I used to draw all men like the example to the right. Note how it lacks the shapes shown on the left. I still draw petite guys now and then, but often, this wasn’t what I was trying to draw, it was literally the only thing I could draw. What you should keep in mind is:

  • The size of the neck. A broader neck immediately makes a body look less petite, even with small shoulders.
  • Don’t be afraid to widen the shoulders or make them a little less sloping. If you worry that the shoulders look too small, go outside your comfort zone and make them wider. With time you’ll learn what looks overdone and what does not, it’s all about practice.
  • Keep note of how wide you draw the hips in comparison to the waist. I currently have a problem where I tend to draw the hips too small! The ideal is to not to make them wider than the chest or shoulders.
  • This might be surprising, but keep the focus on the chest as much as you do on the shoulders. The torso itself will that way create a triangle-shape that many often struggle to draw, even with the wider hips!

This is how triangle-shaped bodies can end up looking like (please ignore the one dislocated shoulder). Again, it might vary depending on the body mass such as fat and muscle, but with his mass, it becomes even more clear.

And as you can see, the triangle shape is still very clear even when his muscle isn’t visible.

Now, if you dress the second body type, you’ll notice that the focus become more on the waist and hips more than the shoulders, even if there was an attempt to make them wider. This is a good body type if you’re going for smaller body types, or guys with pear-shaped bodies, teens, etc. But if you’re going for a triangle shape then it’s clearly not doing it. The hips and waist are too exaggerated and his shapes are too soft-looking.

Now there’s always “hybrids” of triangle-shaped bodies. Again, all bodies can vary greatly. You can still make petite bodies with triangle shapes or even wider hips, you just have to be subtle about it and be careful where you draw your lines. So what’s the key secret, you might wonder?

Again, it’s all about the shapes! Again, here’s a tutorial I did earlier on shapes you can use for bodies in case you missed it. As you can see, the key with triangle shapes is wider shoulders that jut out quite a bit, and are quite straight, with more narrow hips. Many overlook the fact that the waist is quite straight and indeed quite shapeless!

But again, bodies vary and so do “hybrids”. For example, the body shown above has slightly sloping and less wide shoulders, the waist curve in a little bit, while the hips are a touch wider. But note how the chest itself is still quite wide! Again, keep the focus on the chest. (Just don’t go overboard like this unfortunate 90′s drawing of Captain America…)

Now, if we compare it to the other version, you can see quite a drastic change in shapes. Notice the clear curve inwards for the waist, and how the hips have a big curve out, and the torso i is nowhere as wide as the triangle body. Notice how the shoulders go down and are much smaller compared to a typical triangle shape.

Just to quickly demostrate: these rules apply to the side as well. Notice how the chest is still in focus and wider at the top as a triangle body. Notice the the straight waist and the wider neck!

As for legs, I don’t really have a tip on “male” legs, really. I have two tutorials on legs in general here and here.  As you can see above, they got different types of legs, with Roscoe’s (left) being bigger than Specs’s. I think the general tip I have is to not make them too round or the hips very big (as mentioned above) if you’re drawing a body with a triangle shape.  

Here’s Rooi, a guy with an hourglass shape, for example! I’ll just stop it at there. ♥ Hope this was helpful! If you have any other requests with bodies, please let me know, especially if you’re looking for a specific type/shape! (I can’t cover all bodies at once, sadly.)

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