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7 Tutorials on How to Draw the Human Anatomy / Body / Figure

39 Comments | July 1, 2008

Here are 7 tutorials I’ve found on the net, some better than others. If you know if any other good ones, please share in the comments!

?Figure Drawing for All It?s Worth? by Andrew Loomis

“Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth” by Andrew Loomis (PDF, 24MB)

One of the quintessential books by Hogarth on drawing the human figure: a must have!

Big Guide to Drawing the Body by Cedarseed

Big Guide to Drawing the Body by Cedarseed on deviantArt

Character Drawing by Tracy Butler

Character Drawing by Tracy Butler

The Human Body by J. Peffer

The Human Body by J. Peffer

Human Proportions by Don Jusko

Human Proportions by Don Jusko

Many more Youtube videos by Riven Phoenix

Human Anatomy by Rey Bustos

Human Anatomy by Rey Bustos

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  • Thats super cool. Im definitly gonna go through these as i want to be a better artist. Great post!!!

  • Thank you so very much to the person who scanned the Andrew Loomis book and made it available as a pdf here :)

  • Wow. Man..

  • Hii

    Its very helpful tips on learning to draw human figure

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    Thank you,
    Preeti

    preeti
  • This drawing stuffs are really a GREAT help to me as an artist.

    I personally THANK YOU for sharing them.

    GOD Bless you!

    Lightwolf-of-GOD
  • @Lightwolf-of-GOD (crazy name btw :) no problem, more to come soon!

  • Hats off to you my friend.

    Was looking everywhere for decent drawing guides on human anatomy, to then find them all in one place >.>

    Thanks a gazillion.

    Monkey
  • No problem monkey, thanks for checking out Drawn in Black! Good luck with your drawings!

  • This is absolutely amazing.. I spent over two hours trying to find guides for the Human Anatomy.. then i find this.. Everything in one place.. AWESOME !!!!

    Thanks a ton..

    Alan
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    I stumbled upon your web page by chance and love the helpful tutorials you have here to allow me to improve my ability to focus on minute details, as I prefer Fine Arts to Abstract.

    I took some basic classes in college, so new to art after my late hubby’s demise 7 years ago, and now am doing some self taught & self help 2 hopefully generate some income as a career change someday, as I love what I do. Creating is one thing, marketing is another. Giggles… but first improvements in techniques & other variables is a must.

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    Thanks so much for your time and patience in this matter.

    Lady Gray
  • thanx very much. i hope by the end of the course i’ll be very good in drawing

    Caspy
  • Thank You :)

    JG
  • Thank you sooo much for this tutorial and fantastic PDF :-)

    BB
  • In A Word Brilliant

    donporritt
  • RE-IMAGING THE HUMAN BODY- DRAWINGS: ANATOMY MASTERS

    I found an application which would be beneficial to art enthusiasts, and I thought I would include it here.

    The human body, from the skin to the bones, up to the smallest of organs, has been an object of desire of both scientists and artists for the past centuries. The use of paper and medium to depict the human anatomy has been used for different purposes. For art, it is to evoke a realistic representation of movement and structure, working with bones, muscle and skin to achieve a realistic and solid foundation. For a scientist, it is to study or document natural scientific phenomena. It is more precise, less about the artistry and more about the fins details for representation. Nonetheless, it is undeniable how art and science both ended up with several hundred illustrations of the body from inside-out, depicting it in different means. From da Vinci, Bidloo to other artists, the pursuit to discover the human body has always been a pursuit of something beyond human experience. The app, Drawings: Anatomy Masters looks into the works of Bidloo, Da Vinci and other iconic artists who took the study of the human body further. From general drawings to the unique details of body organs, this app is absolutely a must have for those who are starting out learning about the mechanics of the body to the sometimes macabre representations of the body.

    Illustration really takes something macabre into something can look into and appreciate. In some ways, it is a diluted version, a refined presentation of something absolutely hard to describe. Artists chosen for this app area really good and you will find a lot of amazing styles and diversity of methods in arriving to that complete form or study of movement.

    THIS APPLICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:
    http://aram.is/anatomy-masters
    http://bit.ly/anatomyapp

    Linda
  • Great post! I think another great book is The Practice & Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. That book might be be totally about figure drawing but it has SOOOO much great stuff on drawing and sketching and a must for any artist.

    Also, if you want a really comprehensive book on drawing human anatomy, I found this one ebook called shortcut secret of figure drawing. i think you can even download a free chapter here http://www.secretsoffiguredrawing.com/optin
    just the free chapter alone is pretty good so i think you should check it out.

  • thanks man, it’s very helpful.

    Flames128
  • Thanks, this is a huge help for the serious artist like me,.. thanks a lot!!!(specially for the pdf book) lol!

    Bhong
  • THANK YOU LOTS AND LOTS:)

    vida fernandez
  • thanks good for stu

    paknamonir
  • Great. Congratulations

    Ramatoa
  • Thank you. It’s very useful.

    Ramatoa
  • Thank u so much . U r the best ^-^

    sara
  • I am currently a student for Graphic Design. I really loved this site and the links you provided really has helped me along. I am studying the human anatomy and I was blow away. Thank you very much.

  • Thanks, you’ve made me a better artist. :) :) :) :)

    Heather Tonkin
  • Really it is good. because normally artist can’t draw hand and leg properly……..

  • very very useful , thank u so so much :)

    nandini
  • this absolutely amazing …it help me a lot..thanks for this page …..^_^

    eun hyu
  • finding this has been a huge help. it showed me where I was going wrong (especially male bodies). thanks. ^^

    A. Williams
  • [...] some tips here http://www.drawninblack.com/2008/07/7-tutorials-on-how-to-draw-the-human-anatomy-body-figure/ gonna learn it, think i have some [...]

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    I will give you a free copy of my Master the Human Figure course Discover 7 Secrets of Figure Drawing: Draw Awesome Figures in 2 weeks, and if you like it, you can link to it here on your site.

    I also have a lot of free video tutorials on my site.

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    Got there, then to contact, and contact me. Thanks.

  • thanks for sharing, there’s a face on the guy’s ass on the first image.

    yuri pretti
  • @Yuri: LOL yeah there is :)

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  • Thanks so very much

    anonymous
  • I want to become a drawing artiest so plz give me some simple guideline so I make human body easily

    Jasbir
  • I clicked on the video and it did not work. It shows the message “The video does not exist”. I think one of the best video tutorial on this is by Dan Nelson on Jerrysartarama site. This is the link: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Artists/Dan-Nelson/Dan-Nelson-How-to-Draw-the-Human-Figure.html

    I recommend adding that video here. I found video much easier and a better way to understand, specially when it comes to art.

    gavin lopez

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