How to Draw a Buff Guy

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How to Draw a Buff Guy
Exercise photos are excellent sources for learning to draw male muscles in motion. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Create a muscular male body without lifting a single weight. Building the body of a buff guy is simple when you are sketching the muscles. Anyone can draw a male figure with amazing muscles after some practice. Drawing a muscular male form is a useful skill in art because companies such as comic book publishers look for artists to draw idealised male super characters with perfect physiques.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Male anatomy reference

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  1. 1

    Draw a basic stick-figure body using ovals, lines and small circles. Start with an oval for the head. Draw a line from the bottom of the head to represent the spine. Draw two horizontal lines across the spine, one to represent the collar bone and the other to represent the width of the pelvis. Draw an oval below the collar bone line for the rib cage, and an oval around the pelvic line to represent the pelvis. Create two small circles on the top corners of the rib cage, just below the collar bone line, to represent shoulders. Draw lines for arms from each circle. Place another circle at the end of these lines for hands. Extend two lines off the sides of the pelvis for legs and draw circles at the end of them for feet.

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    Make the stick figure three dimensional by adding forms to it. Draw rectangular solids over the rib cage and pelvis ovals. Use a ruler if needed to make the rectangles three dimensional. Add cylinders over the lines used for arms and legs to give the limbs a sense of three dimensions. Use smaller rectangles as a start for drawing the hands and feet in three dimensions.

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    Add the muscles on top of the figure in the appropriate places. Draw chest muscles over the rib cage, along with the abdominal muscles. Draw the deltoids, or shoulder muscles, over the shoulder circles. Place the biceps and triceps below the shoulders in their respective places. Add the forearm muscles as well. Draw the leg muscles over the cylindrical legs. Refer to a male anatomy reference to get an idea of what the major muscles look like. Most all of them can be depicted as ovals for a starting point, with modifications for the different muscle shapes.

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