Do you remember when you were learning how to draw manga bodies and anatomy from the front? Basic shapes were used to simplify different parts of the body. These shapes make it easier to draw bodies in three quarter view and other angles. The trick is to be able to turn them in different positions.
Below are some basic shapes that can be used when drawing manga bodies or just about anything.
Now, I’m encouraging you to get your mind familiar with turning these shapes into different angles.Here’s a 3d shapes website that can help you with that. When you click the link it will open in a new window. Go have a look there and then come back here to continue with this tutorial. You’re going to draw a manga female body standing in a three quarter pose.
Just a note before we continue, if you’re drawing traditionally, use a light pencil and sketch the guidelines lightly. Try not to press down too hard on the pencil. I’m using Paint Tool Sai. If you’re using this or another digital drawing tool, the guidelines should be on its own layer.
OK, so we are drawing a manga female’s body. She’ll be about 6 heads tall. I’ve decided that the head will be in this pose as well. If you don’t know how to position it in 3 quarter view, see this guide.
What I like to do is start with the head and position of the neck. A cylindrical shape is used to draw the neck.
A curve and these two ellipses are used for the shoulder where the upper arms will attach. This is the shape used to draw the chest in three quarter position. It’s the trapezoid. It should be about 1 head in length. That curve on the bottom of it represents the rib-cage.
After drawing the rib-cage, add the shoulder muscles curving around the top of the arm balls like so.
Draw the tummy which is about half of a head. The hip area is the same length.
These shaded areas are the sides, obviously. Let’s add the center line. This time it does not appear to be in the middle because the body is turned away.
This underwear shape will help to draw in the thighs. They are about one and a half head long.
Draw the first thigh with the knee represented by a circle. Obviously they have a cylindrical shape. Now draw the other thigh and knee.
Then Draw the legs same length as the thighs and two more circles for the ankles.
These are the feet. Right angled triangles in 3D are used to help with these.
Circles are used to represent the elbows which falls at the bottom of the rib-cage. Even though parts of the upper arm is hidden, I’ve drawn it in just to give an idea of where it should be placed.
The lower arms are drawn with the wrists falling at the bottom of the hips.
The hands and fingers when extended falls around somewhere at mid-thigh.
The breast will be positioned here just laying off the rib-cage like so.
And finally we are about finished with the guides. Time to start using them to draw flesh and skin on our manga girl’s body.
If you used the computer to draw, lower the opacity. If you used a pencil it should be light enough for you to trace over and erase later.
Follow the guidelines and start with the neck or anywhere you choose. It should be fairly easy to do this now. Flesh out the shoulder muscles, the upper arms and chest.
Now you can draw the breasts outline and tummy. Check out this reference on drawing breasts.
After Fleshing out the tummy, add in the navel here. Line out the lower arms and wrist as well as the thighs and knees. The hip area is covered with an underwear.
For the hands, the fingers are not extended, they are bending like that, so they don’t reach the mid-thigh right now. I’m going to work on a tutorial for “drawing hands” soon.
After adding outlines to the legs and the feet, you can finally add the details like the ankles, and toes on the feet. Finally add the details in the neck and upper body area.
Now remove the guidelines by deleting the layer or gently rubbing out pencil marks with an eraser.
Thank you for taking the time to view this how to draw manga bodies tut. I hope you learnt something. Please share if you did.