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Basic Male Torso Tutorial

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Step 1: Skeleton
Sketch your basic structure outline. For the torso we will of course need the vertebrae, ribcage and pelvis. Don't worry about sketching these the -exact- shape of the actual bones.

Step 2: Muscles
Sketch in the general shapes of the different sets of muscles. Check your muscle layout with an anatomy chart or constructive anatomy book.

Step 3: Skin
In this stage, you're making your sketch look like it is a normal, naked torso. Decide which areas should be defined, darkened, or lightened. Good references for this stage would be a fitness magazine, sketches from a life drawing class, or a constructive anatomy book.

For more information on skeletal and muscle structure, please consult your local bookstore. If you can't afford a decent book on anatomy, bring a sketchpad and a pencil with you.
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jmcollins362's avatar

These tutorials are so helpful! Thank you!

starsintheirpies's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial! Very helpful!
orz23333's avatar
Appreciate for such helpful tutorial
HerosLegend's avatar
Thank you for sharing this.
Diabolik91's avatar
very useful, thank you.
Ceilibeag's avatar
Thanks for doing these tutorials!  As a newbie, I'm looking for all the help I can get.
YellowLuckyPig's avatar
hmm -> that seems more overly fit male torso.
timflanagan's avatar
The title is in reference to the steps and method as opposed to the body type used in the example.
YellowLuckyPig's avatar
hey what do know about male hair I am suffering from drawing guys like with long curly hair and some of them always get so creepy...Always drawing then gets to guys and gals is there book I refer to where I can seek help. Maybe I should post it on and see what your take..Dude picture...might take some time. 
timflanagan's avatar
You can probably find some helpful tutorials for this by searching "curly hair tutorial" in DeviantArt.
embraceofstarlight's avatar
The male version is also very nice. Clap I always become desperate when I need to draw muscles.
eyedocjr's avatar
This tutorial is great! It's simple yet informative, and it really helped me understand the muscles in detail. Thank you!
Wandering-Fez's avatar
This will be most helpful!
Gozuto33's avatar
tnx, this helped me out alot. check my torso sketch here: gozuto33.deviantart.com/art/Bo…
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Mustuko-chan's avatar
Absolutely awesome and very helpful! :3
jujuMilani's avatar
Step one, do some rough sketches
Step two BAM cry because you'll NEVER be able to draw that
Step three copy tha last drawing every time You have to draw a male's torso
Biepoli's avatar
LoL , try Again Its easy !!;)
jujuMilani's avatar
I'm doing better now, since You replied a few montes later... I got confused, i had no IDEA what You We're talins about. 
Biepoli's avatar
Actually yeah you do ! , I saw some from your work and i really like it ! ;)
( the fox is my favo :heart: )

thank you for your gift ! It's my first one x3  !! 
jujuMilani's avatar
OH GOD , autocorrect got me good in my last comment. Really Really good. Thank You so much for the compliment!!,
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