Use curved lines to draw contours of the
Drawing the contours of the human body is not as difficult as it
seems provided you take time to observe how the lines of each part of
the body changes with different strokes. Sometimes the curves and bulges
that are noticeable when drawing a bent arm or a leg may be visible
slightly or disappear completely when you change the position of the
arm. So keep in mind that depending on the exact movement the contours
also change.Last week the focus was on drawing arms and this week it is
on legs. There is a marked difference between legs of women and men as
those of the latter are generally more muscular. So make sure you get
Drawing legs (fe male)
The length of a leg is roughly half the body's height. Some women
particularly, model types, are much in demand. The legs of a model are
shown in Figure 1. Observe the nice smooth, curved contours. These are
best drawn in one sweeping motion. Study the two small bumps which
depict the knee cap, then at the tiny swelling behind the knee and the
way the line of the thigh runs into the buttock. Figure 2 (legs from
different angles) show female legs from the front, side and rear. There
is an easily seen rounded swelling on the inside of each knee seen from
Beginners tend not to notice it, and as a result they draw a straight
line without a bend or curve for legs. There are no straight lines in
the human body. All are gentle curves of one kind or another.
Men's legs are shown in Figure 3. It's noticeable how the appearance
of thigh and calf muscles is not soft, as in those of women.
To expand your work you can copy from numerous models and sportsmen.
Don't stop at legs - include body, arms, hands and heads. Draw all
the sketches shown in this lesson.