How to Draw People Using Circles, Squares, Rectangles & Triangles

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How to Draw People Using Circles, Squares, Rectangles & Triangles
You can draw different types of people with different body types using basic shapes like circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. (pencils image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Body shapes come from basic, rounded out shapes such as rectangles, triangles, squares and circles. You can find many different body shapes by studying people and their body types. Many artists start out with a basic body type for their character depending on the type of character they wish to create. The body type you choose for your character can suggest the personality the character will have.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a circle for the head. Draw a rectangle to represent the person's neck.

  2. 2

    Draw a triangle below the rectangle to create the person's body.

  3. 3

    Create the person's arms and legs using rectangles. Draw a circle on either side of the bottom of the neck to represent shoulders. Draw a rectangle under the circle to represent the bicep and another circle below to represent the elbow joint. Create another rectangle for the forearm.

  4. 4

    Draw circles or rectangles to represent the hands and fingers. Create the hands using circles. Draw rectangles for each of the fingers.

  5. 5

    Draw rectangles for the thighs. Draw circles for the knees and a rectangle under the circle to create the calf muscles. Draw another circle to represent the ankle. Draw the shape that best represents the position of the person's foot.

  6. 6

    Create rounded curves to shape the person.

  7. 7

    Round out the person's shoulders by connecting the neck and shoulders using a curved line.

  8. 8

    Round out the arms after you have rounded the shoulders. Draw curved lines to connect the biceps to the elbow and the elbow to the wrist. Curve a line from the wrist to the hand. Draw a curved line for the finger, narrowing at the knuckle slightly and then curving out again to create the rest of the finger and finger tip.

  9. 9

    Create the person's body by drawing a curved line to create the chest, waist and hips. For a pear-shaped person, the upper part of the triangle will serve as the person's chest and torso. As the triangle widens, it will represent the person's waist and hips. Rounding out the person's body should represent a close resemblance to a pear.

  10. 10

    Connect the character's hips to the thighs. This may take some practice and manipulation to get the character's bottom half done. Curve a line from the hips to the thighs and the thighs to the knee. Draw a curved line from the knee to the calf muscles and narrow the calf muscles to the ankle.

  11. 11

    Shape out the person's foot to the perspective you have chosen to position him in. A perspective is the direction a person or camera views a character or scene.

  1. 1

    Draw the person's head and neck.

  2. 2

    Draw a rectangle below the neck rectangle to create the person's body.

  3. 3

    Create the person's arms and legs. Draw the hands and fingers.

  4. 4

    Create the person's legs and feet.

  5. 5

    Create rounded curves to shape your person.

  6. 6

    Round out the person's shoulders by connecting the neck and shoulders using a curved line. Round out the arms, hands and fingers.

  7. 7

    Create the person's body by drawing a curved line to create the chest, waist and hips. For a ruler-shaped person, the upper part of the rectangle will serve as the person's chest. Toward the bottom, the rectangle will represent the person's torso, waist and hips. Draw a slightly curved line around the middle of the rectangle to represent the waist. Slightly round out the waist to create the person's hips. Rounding out the person's body should represent a close resemblance to a curved ruler. The body should not be too curvy. A curvier body will create a different shape.

  8. 8

    Connect the character's hips to the thighs. Shape out the person's foot to the perspective you have chosen to position her in.

  1. 1

    Draw the person's head and neck.

  2. 2

    Draw a circle under the neck to represent the chest and another circle under the chest circle to create the hips.

  3. 3

    Create the person's arms and legs. Draw your hands and fingers.

  4. 4

    Create the person's legs and feet.

  5. 5

    Create rounded curves to shape your person.

  6. 6

    Round out the person's shoulders by connecting the neck and shoulders using a curved line. Round out the arms, hands and fingers.

  7. 7

    Create the person's body by drawing a curved line to create the chest, waist and hips. For an hour glass-shaped person, the upper circle will represent a chest. The bottom circle will represent the person's waist and hips. Draw a slightly curved line where the two circles meet to represent the waist. Rounding out the person's body should resemble an hour glass. The body should be curvy.

  8. 8

    Connect the character's hips to the thighs. Shape out the person's foot to the perspective you have chosen to position him in.

Tips and warnings

  • Pear-shaped people are used mainly as comical characters. Ruler-shaped people are used mostly for scholarly types and men, while hour glass figures are used mainly as women.
  • Use a square in place of a rectangle to create a person with a squat, blocky body.

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