How do you draw humans?
hello welcome to i have no idea whats going on when i draw. these are some tips ive picked up over the years and really it all ultimately comes down to just doing a lot of gesture drawings and references from real life until it becomes muscle memory to you.
lines of action help a lot in making people feel Alive and not rigid. my limbs are always round hot dog-like shapes in my sketches. then to help with making proportions feel good, i always found that doing these vague bubbly ribcage and pelvis shapes help in finding that weight on a person.
then i go over the sketch with more defined lines. i always imagine the body separated into several sections, as shown with the arm and leg limbs. the thigh and calf curve trick is just very cool in general when you need to draw some Quick Legs and not want to Suffer. from the front a leg would look similar to an arm (but with just the two sections instead of three)
finally, GESTURE DRAWINGS! >GOOD WEBSITE<
do lots and lots of these. try and identify the lines of action, then identify the limb basic shapes. then the ribcage/pelvis areas. then of course have a go at doing a quick drawing of it with all these things in mind. another thing that i always say is, when practicing, first do one where you trace it, then do the same one again but Without tracing. tracing helps a lot in memorising the basic gist of what human bodies look like. also shading! look at lighting tutorials (esp on skin/muscles) - these can help you picture bodies in a three dimensional way in your head, rather than a two dimensional one. but on that note, all human bodies are different so make sure to look at different body types, ethnicities, genders, ages, and so on. lots of different features to learn! these tricks also work with anything, really - animals, objects, backgrounds, etc. it’s all about learning and re-learning. like writing, you’re not just gonna post a first draft, you’re gonna keep rewriting until you get it right!