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Human anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.

Good exercises

Drawing from life
Lifedrawing by DamaiMikaz
Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. 
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. It might be at first. But think of it this way; it's a good way learn and observe the human body, since clothing doesn't get in the way. 

Gesture drawing

Draw people in various poses. Repeat ad nausium. 
It's best to use a real life reference (if one is available), otherwise resort to pictures from real people. Try not to use drawings as a reference, as they're not real, and you might actually copy the artist's mistakes. 
Start out with simple poses. Move on to more complex poses as you get better.
Set yourself a time limit for drawing. One or two minute gesture drawings are good to start with, as you learn to limit yourself to the absolute basics of a pose, and not to get lost in details.

Detailed study
[Practice] Hands by DamaiMikaz
Some parts of the human body are so hard to draw that they need extra practice. Think about hands, feet, but also faces and the countless different facial expressions you can make.
You might actually dedicate a study only to these subjects. Try to use either your own hands/feet/face as a reference (with the help of a mirror), or use pictures from real people. For this too goes; if you copy from other artists you might accidentally copy their mistakes.

Good books 

There are countless of books about anatomy on the market.
The website Parkablogs once made an overview of the many books available on this subject, but no doubt there is more. While people generally have their own preference when it comes to learning a subject, I will highlight a few books that have helped me a lot.

Loomis1 by DamaiMikazLoomis2 by DamaiMikaz
Loomis - Figure drawing for all it's worth (ISBN 0857680986) (Scanned version here)
Loomis - Drawing the head & hands (ISBN 0857680978) (Scanned version here)
Especially if you want to learn how to draw faces, Loomis is the way to go. His method for drawing faces is seen all over the art world.

Hampton by DamaiMikaz
Micheal Hampton - Figure drawing: design and Invention (ISBN 0615272819) (Scanned version here)
Also a very solid book when it comes to drawing the human body. Many tips and tricks for standardizing certain proportions in the human body. Great to study and to keep with you to as a reference.

There are too many books on human anatomy to cover them all. 
For more suggestions, see this list. You might even share your own preferences in the comment section here. 

Good tutorials 


Proko is cool. Check out his entire YouTube channel for more content.
Proko combines both Loomis' and Haptons lessons in simple YouTube video's that are easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.

Phobos-Romulus' body types
Female Body Types Tutorial by Phobos-RomulusMale Body Types Tutorial by Phobos-Romulus
He did some great tutorials on both the male and the body type. What's also interesting is that he shows how the body is influenced by muscle, fat, length, and even age.

FOERVRAENGD manga to realism series
Especially great for artists that started out drawing manga, but want to have a deeper understanding about the human face (and human anatomy in general)

Nsio 's tutorials
Nsio explains: Simplifying the Complexity by Nsio
and many more tutorials on various subjects...


Sycra does have quite a number of guides on how to do gesture drawing and anatomy. Some of his tricks (the video listed above) are very useful when starting out. 

And there are many more...
And there are many more tutorials on anatomy, both on DeviantArt and YouTube... and many other sites.
Don't forget to list your favorites in the comments.

Good references

Bullet; Red Note: these might contain links to images of (nearly) naked people.

For gesture drawing
These are websites especially made for gesture drawing. They have timers and everything

For drawings poses in general
SenshiStock and

Important to keep in mind

:bulletblack: Do not copy poses directly from other people's artwork. You might be copying their mistakes.
:bulletblack: If you heavily rely on references for your work/study, it's polite to credit the maker of the picture.
:bulletblack: If you're forever alone, you still have yourself to use as a reference (A mirror works just fine).
:bulletblack: Studying anatomy takes most masters many, many years. You can't expect to master it in a few days.
:bulletblack: It doesn't matter if your sketches look like shit, if you learned something from it. 
:bulletblack: Don't rely too heavily on magazines/models, as they're heavily photoshopped and made to be 'perfect'. Photo's like those are great to start with, but only show little variation in face- and body type. 

and most importantly...
:bulletblack: Have fun! I am a dummy! 


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This is the most awesome person on DeviantArt! 
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Here's some cool idea's for those that are currently experiencing an art block :)


Damai Mikaz
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Damai Mikaz [dah-mahii mii-kas]

Also known on the internet as DamaiMikaz or Mikaz -- the nickname I've been using since my early days on the internet, somewhere around 2002. Originally I used the nickname Mikaz, which was derived from an RP character I used to roam the Dutch forums with. As the internet expanded, however, and more and more nicknames were taken by default, I added Damai as a prefix as a reference to my real name; Damaris.

I'm artist in the broadest sense of the word. Despite what my DeviantArt gallery might make you think, I'm involved in many disciplines of art. Like illustration, writing, graphic- and webdesign. While I work as a professional webdesigner and webdeveloper in real life, I don't show much of my web related work here, mostly for the reason that I can't publish everything I make for clients directly. Aside from that, DeviantArt is a thing I do for fun, so I prefer to keep it about my personal projects.

In contrary to what many people seem to think: I'm not a professional Illustrator -- which basically comes down to the fact that I don't do illustration for money. I never even took commissions, and I'm not planning to do so either. Illustration is, like writing, something I do for fun alone.

In real life I'm currently working as a webdeveloper. Which means I'm a huge nerd (A real one. One who knows how to program) that enjoys messing around with computers and actually enjoys the process of programming web applications. I have a huge interest in everything tech- and especially web-related, including internet culture, trends and phenomenons and social media. Basically anything web-related catches my interest.

If you have anything to say to me: please comment or note me. It might take a while, since the number of messages I get a day has gotten to the point that it's almost an extra job to keep up with. It takes me a lot of time to get through, but don't worry. I will get to it eventually. And even if I don't reply, know that I've read your message and that I appreciate your kind words.

Also, please refrain from begging for requests and/or point donations. I lack time, so I don't do those.

Have a nice day!
~ Damai Mikaz

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