Saturday, June 4, 2011

Male figure practice

I've been drawing the male figure from photographs. I think it's going pretty well.

His legs are still a little long
Some of the references for these poses were from here
I have an unfortunate habit of drawing legs too long and making them too narrow. I think it comes from drawing so many women. Whereas a woman's figure is more forgiving of this bad habit, it really sticks out when I draw a man. I also have a few issues when it comes to smoothly drawing male shapes, so I figure learning by repetition might be just what the doctor ordered.

I started out the day tracing some printed photos to get an idea from the shapes and then I started working on drawing from sight. The tracing really helped me get a better grasp of the proportions. I think I'll keep at it!


  1. This looks like a great exercise. I have trouble drawing men too. Whenever we had a male model in class, my sketches would be complete crap that day. I think I'll steal your idea and do some tracing.

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I've been really getting sick of that hole in my drawing strengths lately so I thought it was time to try and work on it.