Female front view

Neil Fontaine
A free video tutorial from Neil Fontaine
Art Instructor, Professional Painter, Writer
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Lecture description

After we have learned to draw the muscles for the male, it is important to learn how a nice smooth looking female looks, and how these muscles make up her contour lines. In this lesson we, learn the front view of the female.

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How to Draw Anime People and bodies

Learn how to draw amazing anime or manga bodies. Master the unique style of manga and anime with this course.

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  • How to draw in the unique anime/manga style
  • How to draw both the male and female bodies and what makes them different
  • How to make your anime bodies look 3D
  • How to pose anime people
  • How to draw all the muscles--crash course on anatomy
  • How to draw a hot bikini anime girl.
  • How to draw a reaper anime girl
  • How to draw a buff anime guy
English [Auto] So in this lesson we're going to figure out how to take all the knowledge you learned so far about the stick figure some of the some of the boats that are important. They have muscles where they attach things like that and can apply it to the female figure and we're going to smooth her out. And also we Vardi got the guy so take that same kind of knowledge or we took the guy's muscles and kind of smooth them out. Made it more than not so comical it added a little bit of fat and skin to the body. Well that has a lot more fat to her. So where to get started with joy D. The female body so basically are Mangu the next are usually males or you see a lot thinner or keep the next really thin which is unrealistic as far as how big it will be there are realistic Mungo's so in anime. So it's up to you whether or not you want to keep a more realistic style or you want to keep more of a stylized style. So you get a on how how stylized your figures are going to be. So small neck little collarbone here typically Monga is also both male and females using usually doesn't have as much details now there are some characters who will be very detailed usually males Well they have all these you know bulging muscles and stuff but typically both male and female don't have a lot of details on them so you want the contours of the figure but how do you understand these contours. It's the muscle and the line. Remember we know that deltoid comes like this comes up next up here. We'll see maybe a little bit of the tricep little bit of the Brocky radials which comes from up here comes down because to the thumb side a little bit the bicep pits in here to pronate or Terese and then the under-perform muscles come out like this and done it to the hand which we haven't covered. And this is this you know is a jaw Monga body so we're not going to really get the hands and feet or face. But if you want to get more details like that might quickly go to the hands and feet and face just like you know maybe five minute videos. But you want to get more detail about his face I recommend four faces. My how to draw younger faces and hair of course. And then four hands of Pete I have some free tutorials on youtube but I'll have more in-depth teaching of that. All hands up feet and I have a crash course in my Pin-Up course and I have more detail more details of that at my course on the anatomy for the human figure in drawing comics right. That's a basic shape so then you just you take once you have those basic shapes down you didn't know the contours that the arms are going to take and you can do those contours right there to the figure. Now of course you know that the person might be that exaggerated. So what I like to do is I had to kind of add just the basic shapes like a mannequin here and then put the brush in my hand at those. Now at Monga you know you don't always draw the full the full lines like sometimes Cissy's our lines are natural and stick to them might not join into lines. Cleaver's that much all the cleavages in there and different Monga is different. But you know then that's all I get to see it there have and use it to be covered with clothes anyway. So it's quite an add. This is basic shapes here the mannequin and then from that we can we could further shape it right now. Notice how I'm taking the Brockley Dallas in a pool and that down with my basic mannequin shape here so you can see it's starting to change my mannequin conform to fit more of the anatomy that we have covered. I'm going to follow her rib cage here. Typically Monga are very thin. Have these long or torsos I have a little bit of love handles not much and then there and have these white you know wide leg and hips and where to keep the legs quite thin here. So I recommend to draw it like this first but keep it to like 10 already start keeping the enemy there in here. Looking down farther I'm kind of already keeping the anatomy and and my idea. So this is where once you start learning anatomy and start changing how you can simplify your mannequin and you see the mannequin is already pretty much shaped how we want her to be shaped. And now as you do as we go and we add the anatomy that we've learned for the female figure and a squint at her at her basic hands of feet here we have covered how to use these basic shapes for her feet. And if her hands but the mannequin hands and feet doesn't want to you know get more detail and how to draw hands and feet. Right. So nobody's going to come in here. Right so now they can turn that off and we can take this this base model here and we can add an you know whatever we want you know for details how much detail you want her to have and how you want her thighs to be it likes to bring all that kind of stuff how big one Boots be. All this can easily be applied to the subhead of figure. But if you start skinny like this I think you'll have more something close to that Monga style. Right. So it will come in here and we'll start adding in the anatomy now and the enemy is going to be you know very basic for the female figure that is going to mostly stick to the contours that the anatomy makes that means the outline Lyonesse and that is how I first do those inside lines showing the different anatomy muscles and stuff like that. And then it's just these outside lines develop. And unlike American comics the females most manga are going to be very soft they're not going to be as hard or as broad shouldered anything like that. Now she kind of Lysle or Buckwalter here only because the way her arms are are out but typically they will be very soft and have a soft speech curves like this. Of course they handle be a little bit more detail than this. I'm just keeping it basic here for now. I sir will have or for think like this but notice the anatomy is still there so people think I'm nuts. And like say all people think this way but some people think well because it's like Monga you know they're not really you know since we got a cartoony type stuff you know that they don't have to be they'll have to learn anatomy at things like that because a I'm not what I'm telling is not it's not like real subtle have to be realistic with my drawing and all that. Although that's true. It's really more true for like cartoons that are that are really not realistic at all. You know like you know something more like family guy or scooby do things like that but still they have a good understanding of anatomy and that's important to understand when drawing your figures. So now pulling in the neighbor I told you the press kind of have a connection here. They lay on the rib cage and all this part here is like laying on the head you want to draw that shape. You know ticket modalistic approach I only draw some of the lines like so you'll see this done often and and Monga like this might to show a little bit of the collar bone a little bit that most of that comes up with shadow underneath her chin here shadow there. That's pretty much it. So the female stays very very simple. In Fatta I think I might you still might have actually made her arms still a little too far even for this pose non-thinker. It's pretty close her shoulders right here. Yes pretty tense so it's the same with the head wide. Just looks a little bit more than what you expect from Monga because I think of the pose so might show that little line there just that little bit of we we learned about the bicep and how that all works there and I might want to fix a little bit of the shapes here because they're not quite correct. You know you can also develop your own style of Monga you know you don't have to stay to like one particular style you want to like try to mimic what people done you can take your own knowledge. Now all of the human figure and develop your own entire Monga style you know by adding maybe adding more details like like comic book artist might do they add a lot more details to their figures. The women are using more muscular little lines there may be a little upper alliance here to show the upper part of the breast now I can do that somewhat show by showing you that there's this main leg like here kind of comes up like this. You have like a love handle that we're not going see it. Maybe you might see a little bit of the other part of the belly here. He has some of this line here and here is you have this part that dips in. And then you have the hipbone that comes out here or that leg bone the femur but it comes out push start to slide. That's the widest part of the female body and where they're going to pull it like this So remember it's right here at the waist pretty much that widest part of the body. They come down and that's how you get that more feminine look to her and she has this more very thin look to or you can also give you know more about hourglass type body figures. Well keep in mind though often this is all covered you know with a skirt or something like that might it be a skirt like this and it comes up in taxes way up here. Yes kind of like maybe pleated type skirt. Look here you know whatever shirt so just keep what I can get into drying clothes in this tutorial or this course but it's something I'll do the future. So I said before you had you had that Stratus muscle came down like this and it came all the way down to this part of the lake here they had the site muscle came here and all that all that applies. Well to remember we had these muscles right here that pull this way. So what happens first is you have enormous support here than the other muscle pulls like that and it kind of overlaps it creates this shape right here into the crotch area. That's a shape that one of their mice and a female because it's often drawn that way. You can have that in a lake here and then you kind of want to have this bump. So you have a bump bump here. Remember we learn why that is. And that's where a lot of other teachers I think fail when they're teaching it's like OK although they just know that there's this kind of you know there's a shape here on the inside of the leg and also lake has a shape like this. And you have to memorize those shapes. Understanding the why now it makes much more sense right because we know now that serratus muscle comes down in here like this you have this sort of muscle here in the muscle on this side which forms with part of the muscle the muscle on that side over there. And then we have the muscle comes on the very side. Here we will see a little bit of it on the side view. That's what pools that that there we also know what makes this shape for this shape or here we have this shape right here. Now a woman can also have enough fatty tissue where it covers that. But we know that comes from the hip bone being here and turning around and then the femur bone coming out pressing here. And so this is kind of a dent between those two points of tension. So also we know that then if you have that muscle that comes out here in the inner outer back muscle I can see the back thigh muscle. It kind of pokes out right here. We can see it. That's right. It comes out forms that's. Now we know that's all we have this shape right here. And then we know that this is this one on this side it's not as long. And then the knee comes off of this part right here. This is all part of the anatomy that we've learned it's all we're doing is we're taking this anatomy. We know that one is higher than the other side. We have to be this way. We have to be this way. I should draw to be like you like this overlapping each other like that so we know that the enteric in her ankle is higher than the outer ankle so we know also that we have that shape there with the V to go back and erase that there we go. And then because of a spasm muscle comes out it. Further down this side of the calf muscle goes further down. That's how we get that shape there. Make this ankle lower this muscle here and it comes down like that and these legs are are pretty dang long. Not really sure if it works so much like this but I have to do that since it takes so long. I kind of want to imagine a halfway point somewhere and I want to come down before I start pulling it just means that when the legs are longer like this you also want to make the capsule a bit longer. And I don't know maybe for this body I think that maybe that's how it works but right out of me figuring out the area and they kept it to seven lengths so sometimes you know you'll see artists at these lines. That's part of that Stratus muscle. You don't want to pull all the way down here you might might pull it up here and come up this way a little bit that way or one or the other either here or just here and that's it and that shows you know different styles of what you choose. This is where a lot of style comes into is what you choose to just show in your figures. Because you understand all those muscles and what can show and you're choosing what to show and not just show sparse details go you know a lot of comic book artists will like Merkava Picards will actually throw that little line and right there sometimes without any forms of Toliver that muscle there right here like that. And I see among artist who is not as common. Typically Mulgan these are very simple just simple lines. Do the same thing here make sure we come down about halfway before you start pulling into this angle here. I want the extra pool. I make it nice make sure I keep her lower legs as well as I did or upper legs I dont want to make one dead and what not need to make this angle here a little bit higher like so I took longer this year to explain because I think it's necessary to understand you know how we got to this point where we can take the same knowledge we had for the male figure. And we already had the knowledge that female measurements that all that in her basic manakin how we could take that anatomy knowledge and apply it to her how it gives us the contours of the body. So you know you might have wondered how is it the artist does know the contours of the body how to know you know to make to make this light look like the lake. Thats how you know how the information you have to really get down and memorize the anatomy of the body the muscles and stuff that once you do that then youll have a really good understanding of how the figure looks all the different views X will get to the side view perhaps and try to come with a side view and the two quarters of the rest of the views of what can it all depends on how long it takes to go through each view. And I cant predict how long it takes to do that but we're not going to cover at least a side view of the next video. But now that we've already discussed how we can use anatomy This is a matter of going OK now let's think about that enemy here and apply it to the side of you and make people look like a younger character. Believe or not this is the easiest step. The hardest step is learning that all that anatomy and that well doper's harder is getting your mannequins to look right to have that proportions down and have that nail to work just like memorizing imprinted in your brain. And then the next part that's hardest to learn is all the muscle groups and how they attach and where they are. Once you have that advice though it's easy because it's just a matter of thinking about where the muscles are and join those contour lines which on a bus may also think about where those muscles are and then joint them right. That concludes this lesson.