I’ve been meaning to make a little tutorial for a month now and I’m finally sitting down and making myself do it!
Okay so first, the only art class I’ve taken and consider to be good experience for me was my figure drawing 1 class in college about a year and a half ago. So if you have access to a figure or life drawing class for cheap, I would highly recommend taking one. I’m mostly self taught, so I am still shaky on my anatomy (and still think most of my stuff is stiff tbh) but I hope this is helpful!
*I suck at terms so this is gonna be hash dash at best I apologize in advance.
*Also I’m at the point I rarely use pose references for musculature, etc.
I sort of smush the second and third option together when I start, so I started with step 3 and worked so out of order woops.
1: Think of the figure in terms of lines for fluidity. Super fast so don’t worry over flaws. Good to know how bones are oriented beneath skin and muscle and where they show most prominent in the body.:
2: Think of shapes. I think of spheres rubbing against each other in place of muscles. It’s also good to have a basic knowledge of where muscles are and how they stretch and contract with movement. Think also of fat and how it falls, folds, and rests beneath the skin.:
3: Basic lines. You have the gist of the human form (or whatever form) down, now you just need to smooth it out a little. Only define enough to show where the muscle is resting at it’s heaviest. (i.e. don’t make every little line of muscle super vivid. People are squishy.):
4: Linework (I next to never use black for my linework, but for this it works.) Using brown, red, and/or blue tones for linework can lend to the softness and give the general appearance of a picture being ‘fluid’.:
Example of colored lines:
5: All layers together:
Just play around with lines and shapes. Think of liquid and how muscle jiggles. Of how much muscle, nerve, and even bone can move beneath the skin.
Free drawing reference sites I recommend:
posemaniacs (Good for muscle refs, but the posing is super stiff)
pixelovely (most similar site I’ve found to a figure drawing class)
sketchdaily (also like a figure drawing class)
senshistock (nearly 2k stock images of models individual, paired, and with props)
And for less than sfw drawings, watch porn. Watch a lot of porn. You’re watching how bodies move and it’s free, mostly.
So go forth and draw some squishy bodies!