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Big Guide to Drawing the Body

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Published: February 10, 2005
© 2005 - 2020 Majnouna
This is the revised and final version of this tutorial, though some details are not included – I'm including them exclusively in the book :)

Hands have their own tutorial here:
And feet here:
All my tutorials are listed here: [link]

Get all of my human anatomy tutorials in one convenient book or e-book!

Some advice to use this tutorial:

Use the above guide as a supplement to gesture drawing. Reading and memorizing all this won't help you as much as sketching from life; this guide simply provides the understanding that will make your sketching a learning experience rather than a random process. So, carry a sketchbook around and gesture-draw people around you, especially people in motion. This way you are forced to use fast gesture drawing and not go obsessive over the details, and that is how you can achieve a solid grounding in grasping form and movement before moving on to worrying about surface additions such as clothing and expression. Think of the human body as an assortment of volumes, not as lines put together. This will change your life, trust me.

See also this article: [link]

Now about the tutorial itself. It is large, so if you find it intimidating do start with my much smaller guide right here: [link]

Bibliography:
Drawing the Head and Figure, Jack Hamm
Le dessin anatomique facile, Burne Hogarth
Experience and (believe it or not) martial arts
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Thanks :D
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LadyShallandraHobbyist General Artist
this is gonna go in my tuts folder! thx for making this!!!
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No problem!
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Wow. So much effort put into this. Definitely using this in future.
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Great!
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Koushoku-jinHobbyist General Artist
:hug:   Thank your for sharing this tutorial -- I get effed when doing the proportions on characters; this will definitely help!
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Great!
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Thanks so much!!
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No problem :)
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Thanks for this!
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Welcome!
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Thank you so much for sharing this.
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very useful, thank you.
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GREAT JOB !!!!!

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Cheers!
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Are you sure that shoulders are narrower than hips for women? Seems to me that shoulders are usually wider than hips regardless of sex. Also I read somewhere that women's shoulders are wider than hips?
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Thank you for putting all of this together for everybody!
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Wonderful tutorials! Thank you for your efforts! I can always stand to learn a lot more about human anatomy and these will be so helpful in that.
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You're welcome!
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DeidaleHobbyist General Artist
Thank you, your tutorials are really useful and well done!
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Welcome!
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This could come in handy, big thanks for the big guide (:
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Welcome!
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