If you're looking for human anatomy drawing ideas, I'm sharing some pretty cool anatomy references for you to check out.
As I've been drawing more and more lately, I've found myself enjoying browsing the internet for inspiration.
I've been having a lot of fun getting back into sketching. It's definitely been a rewarding experience.
With every sketch, I see my art improving. So I guess it's true when they say practice makes perfect (or at least it reduces the imperfections).
As you take a look at these human anatomy drawings, you'll also find some of my best sketch tips for new artists.
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This simple sketch shows the you differences between male and female body proportions.
These simple sketches show you the muscular male anatomy. I like the addition of the coffee mug and spear.
Choosing Your Pencils
Before you begin your drawing, it's important that you choose the right pencil.
If you're new to sketching and aren't sure what pencil grade to start with, I recommend starting your sketch with a pencil on the H scale.
You can finish off your drawing with a darker pencil grade, such as a pencil on the B scale.
Here's another human proportion guide showing us the difference between males and females.
I love the imagination involved with creating this muscular human anatomy reference.
Artist Credit: burakgecgill.art
Use a Blending Stump
It can be difficult to get a good blend with pencils. However, you can create a smooth bleeding effect by using a blending stump.
Blending stumps are great for smudging graphite and charcoal.
If you want to improve your human drawing skills, it's so important that you take the time to draw different body parts.
Artist Credit: fabiomin_art
These drawings will help you practice drawing the lower half of the body from different angles and with different poses.
Artist Credit: azizlaswiftwind
Try Not to Smudge
If you can, avoid smudging your drawing. You can place a piece of paper underneath your hand to minimize how much your hand smudges your drawing.
This will help ensure you have a clean looking drawing once it's complete.
Remember, you can use smudging to your advantage to smooth out your shading.
Here are some quick sketches showing different female poses from a variety of angles.
Artist Credit: ankredible
Here's a great sketch for practicing female anatomy. These drawings show a woman's body in motion.
Artist Credit: azizlaswiftwind
Don't Blend with Your Fingers
Once it's time to blend, try not to blend with your fingers.
When you blend with your fingers, the oils from your skin will transfer to the paper and may affect the look of your drawing.
Again, I recommend blending stumps for blending your work.
If you want to practice drawing feel, I think you'll find this sketch really helpful. It shows the feet from the front, the side, and standing on the toes.
Artist Credit: andy1611
You don't have to always sketch hands and feet when drawing the human anatomy. Focus on the parts that you want to improve on.
Practice Sketching Daily
If you want to get better at sketching, the best thing you can do is practice daily.
I recommend setting aside an hour every day to sketch. Don't worry about your work being perfect. It will get better naturally the more you practice
I love this drawing because it shows you how to draw the human face from a variety of angles. There's the front view, profile view, from above view, and more.
Have a little fun by sketching how the female body looks while belly dancing. You can search YouTube for belly dancing videos.
Artist Credit: adamwarren
Practice Blind Contour Drawing
Blind contour drawing is the practice of drawing the contour of a subject without looking down at the paper.
Blind contour drawing is helpful because it trains the eyes and hand to work as a team.
It always helps the artist see all the details of the subject.
Practice sketching the male body form to improve your drawing techniques for the male body.
Artist Credit: vinnie14
This anatomy drawing is so creative as it shows a woman performing gymnastics. I would have never thought to sketch something like this.
Adding color to your drawing can be a great way to make your drawing stand out.
You can use colored pencils, pastels, or even watercolor paint to add some color to your drawing.
If you're new to drawing muscles on the human body, this is a great beginners reference for drawing muscles.
Artist Credit: rv1994
Use the Grid Method
The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo and then lightlhy drawing the grid on your drawing paper to scale.
The grid method will help with the placement of your drawing. It will give you a reference point between the photo and your canvas.
Drawing hands can be difficult, so it's important that you consistently practice drawing hands in order to improve your techniques.
These female body forms are pretty simple to draw and are excellent references for beginners.
If you struggle with drawing the mouth, nose, and eyes, try using this step-by-step tutorial to assist you. With practice, you will make great improvements.
If you're new to drawing eyes or have trouble drawing eyes, you should find this eye study helpful. It shows you the basic eye shape, the way light hits the eye and more.
This isn't a tutorial exactly, but it shows you how different shaped noses look from the front view, side view, and at an angle. This is great for learning how to draw different types of noses. Of course, there are so many more nose shapes, but this is a good start.
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