Most people find it easier to start by
simplify the body into shapes
without necessarily knowing the actual muscles and bones that compose the body.
There are many ways of organizing these shapes, here are some examples:
The important thing to know about these is that when muscles
bones can start poking under the skin
, creating different bumps depending on the body’s position.
We still don’t need to learn about each muscle’s name and place to know how to draw people in different poses, just knowing the muscle groups and the shape they take will do. Knowing how to draw a skeleton however is pretty helpful, and much easier than knowing about every muscle.
: In the direction of the head; upper direction
: In the direction of the foot; lower direction
: Toward the center of the body
: Toward the outside of the body
Here’s an overview of the main bones / skeleton terms that are useful for drawing:
You can use the 2nd and 3rd pictures to quiz yourself about the bones’ names and delimitations.
, draw skeletons on top of existing pictures of people. You can look up “pose reference photo” or similar terms on
Examples of people that have done it:
you can use:
to help you understand the skeleton better:
I encourage you to learn about each individual muscle once you’re familiar enough with the general muscle groups and can pose a character under most angles and poses.
- Muscles originate as
tendon > muscle tissue > tendon
" = the thickest point of the muscle
" = The multiple divisions of a muscle, connecting to different insertion points.
" = 2 heads. "
-" = 3 heads. e.g: biceps or triceps.