In a previous post we talked about proportioning the body, but our focus was mainly on drawing anime girls. So, in today’s lesson you will be learning how to draw an anime guy. Particularly, the one that’s featured in this article.
An anime guy is drawn a bit differently than a female. He has some features that define his masculinity like more muscles, less curves, bigger hands etc. However, don’t draw half of him lopsided looking. The proportions of each body parts should equally make sense. So always keep that in mind when you draw anime guys.
Anime Guy Drawing Instructions
I don’t want to say that “this is how to draw anime guys” because each artist may have his or her own unique way of doing it. Now, here are “my” instructions for drawing anime or manga guys bodies.
First, sketch the head (see how to draw manga faces/heads here). This helps me determine the height of the body, since bodies can be measured in heads. Then draw a symmetrical line going down the middle for balance. He is about 7 heads tall, so I represent these with the 8 horizontal lines shown in the image.
Sketch the neck and shoulder outlines. Guys have thick necks and broad shoulders. Draw two small circles at each end of the shoulder outlines for armpits. The upper arms will be joined to these.
Draw a trapezium for the chest. Chest is also wider on guys. Give him some muscles from the shoulder to the neck as demonstrated in the image below with the red arrows.
Copy the shape you see for the abdomen. I guess it’s half of an upside down trapezium or almost a rectangular shape.
Draw the hips and that shape that looks like an underwear. It helps as a guide to where the thighs should go. Girls have the shoulders and hips measuring about the same width, this is not the case for boys. Do draw anime guys with hips that are narrower than their shoulders and chest.
Now attach the thighs to the hips as you see in the image. A guy’s thighs are not as curvy and soft looking as a girl’s. Draw circles for the knees and then add on the legs with thick calves.
Draw the feet. Typically guys have bigger feet. Not all are as big as this guy’s though. As you learn and improve your drawing skills, you will also develop your own anime drawing style and can decide whether or not you want to draw an anime guy with big or smaller feet.
For the upper arms, elbows are at the bottom of the rib cage. In this image it’s at the line between the chest and abs. Again guys are known to have thicker arms.
Add the lower arms noting that the wrists align with the bottom of the hips. And the hands are going to reach around mid-thigh when they are relaxed.
Draw the breasts starting from the underarms, because we know guys have those too. Give the boy some hair and then erase the guidelines that are no longer needed.
Add some muscles and flesh to the upper arms and shoulders. And finally just add in the other features like the collar bones, neck muscles, navel, elbows and knee details to make this guy whole.
There, you did it! You’ve completed your first anime guy drawing. congrats.
I hope you found this helpful. Please let others know about it if you like it.