Do you have any advice on how to draw arms without it looking like ur character is a tree trunk and the arms are glued to the sides
I’m just going to start by asking - have you looked up reference? What you’re asking about is how to draw the connection between the arm, shoulder and torso. The important muscle group is the trapezius.There are SO many tutorials online for this. My favourites to look up are anything by Griz & Norm and Michael Hampton. Proko is also really good.
There are a ton more out there, but these summarize it well I think. Also the best way to learn is to draw from life - take life drawing classes, or if you can’t access those, take pictures of yourself/draw yourself in the mirror! Or draw a friend who is willing to expose their shoulders!
Hi! Can I just ask how long arms are supposed to be? I had a teacher once tell me arms are supposed to end with one's hands on their hips, and she docked me points on a test where I used myself as a ref. My hands are about 1 hand length from my knees, and my wrists are parallel with my groin. I've noticed the mods make the arms much shorter, so I'm just wondering which is correct? Have I been wrong this whole time?
Wow! Super sorry you had to deal with that in a class. As with all things, there is some variation to how long people’s arms are, although we can create an “average” or “ideal” proportion measure.
I’m sure you’ve seen something like this before (This is by Andrew Loomis, who is an incredible staple in art classes I’ve taken):
I *personally* think this is a bit long (and your teacher’s measure of the hands resting at the hips a bit short), but that is personal perception. Let’s look at some studies.
This also isn’t meant to be a hard and fast rule, of course. Guidelines can be tweaked to a person’s personal preference and seeing-eye. One tidbit to note is that in taller people (with longer legs), the tips of the fingers may stop a big higher than halfway down the thigh, because their legs are so long.
As you can see in this last diagram, the fingertips lay almost a hand-length away from where I put the knee. Perhaps the disparity between how I draw arms and how you draw arms isn’t within the arm at all, but the proportion of the rest of the body (ex. if you’re drawing the legs or torso longer/shorter). Just something to think about!