How to Draw a Male Body

How to Draw a Male Body

Many things are very similar, but just like the face, more things can be marked in men. In particular, the musculature emerges much more easily.

There are far fewer different morphologies in men. Roughly, the V morphology and the other with the shoulders aligned with the body.

As for the ladies, I repeat it, but to make a really realistic body, it is necessary to pass from there by the training of the anatomy, long and tedious thing which we will not approach here. And as for the ladies, we’re going to talk about the canon of beauty, so a little muscular anyway 🙂


Like I said, most of the proportions are the same.

Males are generally taller, around 8 heads tall (again, I’m referring to the generally accepted canon).

There are also 4 heads for the upper body. With the same landmarks as in women:

1 head: the chin

2 heads: the bottom of the pectorals

3 heads: navel

4 heads: pubis (or genitals, therefore)

We keep ½ head starting from the ground for the length of the feet.

The knees are placed at the mid-length of the legs.

The arms also end at mid-thigh.



We start by drawing all our benchmarks to be able to work correctly.

We start by drawing the head and the neck.

Then the collarbones and shoulders. First change here. Gentlemen, whatever their build, always have broader shoulders than ladies. More or less depending on their morphology. Where you can fit two head widths into the width of the shoulders in women, in men you can go up to three head widths.

The rib cage descends as in women almost to the level of the navel. Given the width of the shoulders, it is wider and more V-shaped.

Then the belly goes straight down again, flaring out slightly, where in women it flares out frankly towards the hips.

You can place the abs quickly, a large roughly rectangular area that begins in the middle of the pectorals and descends by tightening quietly to the pubis.

All that remains is to iron everything, not hesitating to mark the shapes this time. You can indicate the muscles, you can press the volumes, etc. Same principle as for the faces in the end. As always, I urge you to take references to place the details properly and not invent muscles anywhere.


The proportions are of course the same in profile and the body is easier to build.

We, therefore, place our usual benchmarks.

Then the head and the neck. The latter is tilted forward.

The bust will be tilted slightly backward (very slightly), so we place the rib cage accordingly.

We can place the abdominals again. Personally I like to place the hip bones too, the ridge of the pelvis in fact.

  • We look for the major landmarks of the body in order to facilitate the task.
  • As always, the easiest way to build is to simplify via geometric shapes
  • We do not hesitate to take anatomical boards or photo references to fully understand everything that is going on, especially in terms of musculature and bone structure.
  • Curves and counter-curves rule the whole human body, we never have ovals anywhere


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