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Previously: Heads and Faces and Stuff to Listen to While Drawing

Starting off, we have my all time favorites!

Simplifying the figure:
This is my very favorite anatomy deviation and I still come back to it when I need to amp myself up for drawing some anatomies. It’s just so simplified yet still accurate! It makes breaking down the body into simple shapes easier to understand. When I start working out a person’s anatomy, this is what they’ll look like, because details get in the way at that point and structure and form are what’s important to get down.

Muscles: One of the best resources on the internet for anatomy is Posemaniacs. It has hundreds of poses that you can spin around in 3D space to see from different angles. Studying the poses is good practice but also you can just use parts for reference, if you quickly need to know stuff like what the neck looks like from the back or what an arm looks like when it is coming straight out at you.

Skeleton: THIS GUY. IT IS AMAZING. Pros: $15, educational, very detailed, moveable limbs, occupies nieces for HOURS, fits in barbie cloths. Cons: If you so much as look at him, the top of his head pops off, but that's not a con, it is just comedy gold. His name is Mr. Boney Guy and he is the best thing I've ever bought off Amazon.

Foreshortening with the Coil Technique: Cool method video by Sycra, for those whith trouble drawing the body in perspective (AKA, all of us)

I need to make another journal for clothing, but until then, this is very useful to keep in mind. Clothes are gonna go around the body.


Video Section: Figure drawing videos by Proko Drawing skeletons over photos to get greater understanding of the figure by FZDSchool Figure Drawing Videos by Sycra

Both Men and Women
Tutorials 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 Reference 1 2 3 4 5 6

  1 2 3 General 1 2 3 Body Types 1 Proportions and Age 1 2

*Sigh* I don’t know what it is, but it seems like there are a lot less quality gal anatomy tuts. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, so I am more familiar when something’s drawn off? Maybe the artists just got too excited about drawing breasts and all sense of reality and form fell out of their brain?? Whatever it is, just be careful what tutorials you listen to. Just because someone made a tutorial and it’s popular, doesn’t make it accurate. (not even all of these I link, but I still find parts of the tuts helpful)

Anyway, here's more girl tuts than guy tuts and hopefully that makes up for it:

Simplifying 1 2 General 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Body Types 1 2 3 Some Nice Reference Images 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

1 2 3 Neck 1 2 3 4 5 Hands 1 2 3 4 5 6 Feet 1 2 3 4 5

Sorry it's just numbers this time, having the Titles+Names just takes too long to format and then it looks cluttered in the end.

Anyway, if you have any favorite related tutorials, physical book recommendations, or advice and tips, feel free to leave them in the comments!


Laura Hollingsworth
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I'm a Lost watching, travel loving, SLR toting, webcomic making, insulin addicted follower of Christ. If you check out my webcomic, I will love you forever. :D


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Aulyssae12 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! Just dropping by to say that your artwork is AMAZING and your tutorials are the most helpful of their kind, especially to me, because I haven't found many with the same drawing style as yours (which is pretty much the style I am aiming for.) ((And again, I was super happy to find another GIMP user, since most out there prefer Photoshop or SAI, but I'm barely starting to figure those out.)) 
 Also, you re-inspired me. Today I was going through a really bad artist's block, but I came upon your gallery and I felt like drawing again. 
So thank you so very much. You have a new watcher C:
Ps. I am definitely checking out the webcomic you mentioned.
rotsentu Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
hello! nice tutorials and art style! love your gallery.
anabloom20 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student
I loved your drawings ;3
TyraeClouds Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
your art and tutorials are flipping amazing! thank you!
JoyNoBara Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art and your tutorials are very helpful. Thanks a lot ! :D
LariBallaminut Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Your gallery is amazing! And your tutorials are helping me a lot! Thank you very much! :happybounce: 
P.S.: Sorry for the simple comment, I'm brazilian and I don't speak English very well...Sweating a little... 
LadyBitterblue Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Did you have to start your comic with destroying a book? OMG SHOCK. 
My heart literally exploded when I saw the sword go into it! I do not support cruelty against tree corpses. Now I'll have to keep reading, if only to pick up the shreds of my heart from the pages.
And I would have kept reading anyway, because your art is gorgeous and I want to know who those characters in your drawings are.
I hope you have a nice day, oh mighty DESTROYER OF BOOKS.
(That book was unarmed!)  :grumpy: 
lostie815 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I have felt bad about that since day one!
Not too bad though, because, well... it might not be the only time a book gets damaged in the comic. :ohnoes: Thanks for reading, despite the hardships! :D
LadyBitterblue Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Grumpy EmoteIt's my pleasure. Though there are really quite a lot of hardships...
Page 01x15 was so gorgeous I couldn't get myself to read on for twenty minutes.
You should totally feel bad for making such a great comic!
lostie815 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, that old thing? Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1]

Actually I want to redraw it... >_>
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