EDIT- PLEASE READ:Many have you asked where I got the references for the poses. Some of them are original but most of them are from [link] . I didn't originally credit back to the site because it is a site which collects stock photos, so it wouldn't do the original artists much justice. If you recognize any of your poses, please comment below and let me know (I have a good memory of the ones I used). In any case .. I don't have enough confidence in my art ability to do a female version, sorry.
Muscly man arms that is! I need to draw more feminine arms >.> I draw arms a lot don't I?
Just mentioning the red outlined drawing aren't muscle structure, they are just the shapes I use to plan the arm. Like I said in my other tips sheets, dividing anatomy up into shapes makes it much easier to draw consistently Using a reference doesn't hurt either. Studying from real life is the best way to set a foundation for anatomy, then simplifying it into what ever style you like.
I am touching up on a few things Specially the lifting arms part..
More tips? yes?
Like I always say dividing stuff up always makes it easier to remember. Do it piece by piece. Learn the basic shapes then when you are comfortable go to the next level and learn how the muscles join. Then all the fiddly bits. Always good to have an anatomy book with you and also draw from real life and photographs so you can see variance in the human form.
I only drew one body type here though it will still have the foundation for any body type. This one I use in particular...well because I like drawing it and also it shows all the muscle structures XD
Practice practice practice :'D
I am having weird urges to start a fan service series......again....
Not exactly a full tutorial but this is pretty much the gist of it. Only leave the important lines or the ones that suggest shape depending on how much you want to simplify it.
This really depends on how realistic you want to draw. I recommend learning anatomy then simplifying just so you know how all the muscles, joints work etc. This will give you a better understanding of making poses and anatomy look more convincing.