These sites I find really helpful.
Some reference images like these are useful if you’re unable to find/join a life drawing class. Though I would highly recommend going to one:
Eadweard Muybridge photography is very helpful in understanding the body in movement.
AAAAALLRIGHT ASPIRING CONCEPT ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, ANIMATORS, AND OR JUST ARTISTS IN GENERAL.
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL EXERCISE I REALLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL DO.
In the red, we have a skeletal study—finding out where the bones or structure of the character would be. In blue we have the peices of the characters split into different shapes to make them easier to draw and remember. Green is mass shapes and masses. Purple is the line of action.
Guys, I have like. A bazillion times more understanding of the characters above than I had before. I completely recommend doing this: study their skeleton and then dominant shapes and masses. It will give you a better understanding of how your character moves and is held together.
The line of motion helps you make your character move in a more interesting fashion. It helps you see their movement and motion in a better light, and where there weight is being distributed.
And there you go.
Alyssa wanted some tips for drawing manly men so here’s this thing. It’s by no means an all-encompassing guide. Just a quick reference or starting point for people not used to drawing burly dudes.
I would have talked more about actual anatomy, but I honestly don’t think I have the street cred to do that yet. If it seems like there’s info missing, that’s probably why.
"Where dat dick at?"
I was asked to draw a guide on drawing fatties, but I… had no clue how to, so I figured I’d doodle up some examples instead. I generally have no clue what I’m doing when I draw bodytypes like this, ahaha. I really adore drawing chubs though, in case that wasn’t obvious yet.
A lot of my chubby characters are a bit on the stubby side as well, and I didn’t entirely manage to break away from that default… Honestly, though, as long as you don’t forget to add some squish on the sides and make sure to have the body balanced out, they’re pretty straightforward to draw, I think.
this’ll never help me out cause i can’t even draw.
but its still interesting to point out and also antje is a really good artist and knows stuff.
how to draw me :D
and may i single out in particular one incredibly overlooked fact of obese anatomy:
THE FEET AND HANDS ARE NOT BALLOONS. LOOK CLOSELY! FAT PEOPLE HAVE NORMAL SIZED EXTREMITIES WITH ROUNDED DIGITS, NOT GIANT BLUBBERY WALRUS-FLIPPERS.
i see this one a LOT in people who learned all their anatomy from largely homogenous animu shit, and while the results are not quite as horrible as the way a lot of mangaka draw PoC as being barely human, it’s… pretty bad.
(via Parka Blogs)
this is how i learned to drawing heads from different angles i promise you it can help
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You know, you can read about these techniques all day long, but knowing the exact whys, and being taken through it step by step helps it stick with you a lot better.