Anatomy Study: Drawing the Male Torso

In this anatomy video series tutorial, we are taking an in depth look at the human male torso. We first lay out the bone and muscle structure to build the foundations. Then we use that to lay basic skin rendering over it.

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17 Responses to “Anatomy Study: Drawing the Male Torso”
  1. Posts: 5
    Max Berends says:

    I wonder why there aren’t that many comments being posted on this cookie 😛 for it is a great tutorial and it’s okay to say so! 😀
    All these anatomy tutorials ( so that includes the arm and leg ones ) really help a lot, I’m not that much of a digital drawing kinda guy, though I’m hoping to master it one day :) but I do draw a LOT like old-fashioned pencil+paper 😛
    and these anatomy tutorials really help so thank you Tim von Rueden!

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      Max Berends says:

      hm.. I just found out that it just seemed tha there weren’t many ccomments posted because the website just played hide and seek with me by placing 2 pages of comments were I couldn’t see them 😛 thanks non the less!

    • Posts: 3

      Yes, concept cookie is great so far.
      Now that I feel confident with most 3d tasks in Blender,
      concept cookie covers lots of unknown territory for me.

    • Posts: 640

      Thanks so much, and your uses of the smiley faces made me smile myself :)

  2. Posts: 70
    Daniel Wentzell Jr. says:

    Thanks Tim,

    These anatomy tutorals are a big help for someone like me who is just learning. Hope to get a tablet after Christmas, in the intermin will have to continue to make due with the mouse.

    Have a Happy Turkey Day Thursday.


    • Posts: 640

      Thanks man! I hope this tutorials prove to be useful for you, using solely a mouse is not easy so I give you credit!

  3. Posts: 6
    Aron says:

    Nice tutorial,

    A useful book I came across is “Anatomy for the Artist” by Jeno Baresay, it gave me a much better understanding of the underlying muscles and bone structure and is great for a quick reference.

  4. Posts: 4
    Paul Murphy says:

    Hi thanks for the tutorials, i’m just about to get started on this series, i want to be able to draw the human figure and i figure this series is a good place to start.

    I have a question, given that i have no tablet and don’t fancy drawing with my mouse, do you think these tutorials could be followed with pencil and paper? at least to the extent of me being able to understand drawing people better ?


    • Posts: 139

      You could always tray the skeleton structure on tracing paper and then do the muscles on top on another sheet. Or you could get a lightbox and do it on normal sheets of paper. You could also get the clear sheets for projectors but they tend to be pretty pricey. You could use colored pencils and color the different groups and try to remember them by color. I think what is important is finding what works best for you and just spending a lot of time with anatomy references. Good luck!

    • Posts: 28
      jason lee says:

      Pencil and paper is fine. The goal is understanding where the muscles and bones are, not how to color them and stuff if that makes sense.

      Rather than copy his drawings I think it’s probably better to just try to draw your own character or something and do your best to work out the anatomy. This forces you to work your brain rather than copy. Pay attention to areas you’re guessing a lot, then watch the video or check out other sources and see if you can’t clarify those troublesome spots. Rinse and repeat as needed. With enough practice you’ll start to think of the whole body as kind of a machine that you know all the parts and pieces of, and you can assemble it in any pose from your mind.

    • Posts: 640

      Yeah, for fundamental stuff like this, you can’t go wrong with pencil and paper. I meant for these tutorials to help artists who might be struggling with anatomy, and I fully agree with jason, you should use these tutorials as a reference not as a reliance. The more you practice though your bound to get better 😀

      • Posts: 4
        Paul Murphy says:

        Thanks for all the reply’s , i learned alot from your 3 comments.
        I actually sat and watched part 1 on the legs after posting my question and i definitely want to invest in a tablet i never realized how much you can do with layers.

        Until then i will continue using pencil and paper i guess, thanks again!

  5. Posts: 3
    Judy says:

    I am new in this website, and I have one word to say WOW!!! Citizen, here I go!! Terrific tutorial by the way :)

  6. Posts: 1
    karthseptom says:

    Mate, you drew 9 ribs on each side and 12 vertebrae. From what I know, there are 12 ribs on each side. First 7 going down are the “true ribs”, which are connected directly to the sternum. Next 3 are called false ribs, which are connected to each rib above it by cartilage and aren’t connected to the sternum. Last 2 are called floating ribs, because as the name states, they aren’t connected to anything and just sit there.
    With the spine, there’s the first 7 going down Cervical vertebrae, next 12 are the Thoracic vertebrae, last 5 are Lumbar vertebrae.

    Are you actually teaching us anatomy or are you showing us what it generally looks like.

    No criticism on the muscles though. That, I can get some info from. But really, it’s better to draw bones on a bigger paper with more space, maybe that was your excuse.

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    zebenzin says:

    Excellent tutorial Tim! Many skills practiced in one exercise 😀

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