Sunday, May 19, 2013

How to draw the male body

Hello, how you’ve been?

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you already know that I am working on my graphic novel ‘Medusa’. I think that the illustrating stage (penciling, inking and gray toning) should be done around June. From then on I would “fine-tune” the art, make improvements and correct any inconsistency mistakes. I am going to present a detailed journal talking about the steps I took towards creating this graphic novel. From the brainstorming stage all the way down to complete published product. In case you are wondering I haven’t decided if I am going to self-publish or seek help from a publisher. I am thinking that it would become available as a digital version first and then move towards print. I would have to worry more about those things after the book is completed.

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Now into today’s subject, I let you know a few weeks back that I will be doing a series of how to draw tutorials for beginner artists. I went through the drawing of male and female head, check out the archive to find those posts.     

Today we will go through constructing the male body. Move to the image below.

Here we see a template of the male body. A few things to go through this exercise, notice that the figure is 8,5 heads long. At the second head is the chest-nipples area. The third head is a little further down the belly button. The fourth head is the crotch. Between six and seven is where the knees are. Between eight and eight and a half are the feet. 

A few more tips. Start from working from the first pose on the left. Draw the head similarly to the stages we did on previous posts. Draw a vertical axis right in the middle and all the way down. Now start counting heads towards the vertical line. Make a small mark each time you count a new head. Once you hit 8,5 heads stop. Know you know where the body parts fall.

Finally feel free to use this template however you like. You can print it, you can try your character designs on it, you can use it as a reference etc. but please if you do make sure you mention where you find it with a reference link.

Thanks for being here! See you next Sunday where I will be drawing the female body.

I am more than willing to answer any questions regarding today’s post or previous ones. Write your questions or comments at the comments section below.

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