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Basic anatomy by merrypaws Basic anatomy by merrypaws
I suddenly kicked myself in the rear and said: "Yo! I wanna do a tutorial!"
And my choice of topic... well... Honestly? It damn near causes me physical pain seeing how some beginning artist maim the human body without even meaning to. So I thought I might as well do my best to help them get better.
NOTE: This is very down to basics take on anatomy. Many artists insist on studying and mastering all the 200+ bones 500+ muscles of human body, but I'm not that kung-ho yet. This is how I do it.
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happyplacestage Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
THANK THE LORD I FOUND THIS! No, don't try looking at my profile. CAN'T DRAW YET.
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hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so helpful,  especially about how the shoulders and hips are in opposite directions! 
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting
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EdgedWeapon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Artist
very useful, thanks!
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Ninetales9 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thank you for putting it up.
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OddUnit Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Wow, I know I'm posting on something from a long time ago but this tutorial was brilliant for a beginner, thanks so much! In 15 minutes I was drawing better people than I have ever!
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rosist-art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i just saw this, and i have to say it really helped me understand some things. and trust me, i've seen a lot of tutorials.
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lionthunder Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
wow this might really help
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Fuj1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really useful tutorial! Thanks, there were many great tips and pieces of information that I didn't know before. (:
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Dana-Risky Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
awesome tutorial, I am absolutely rubbish at drawing people, so this should help me a lot!
Thank you so much!
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EuclidOfTheXenons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Best. Tutorial. For. Basics. Ever.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
I'm most flattered you would think so. :blushes:
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EuclidOfTheXenons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Well, why wouldn't I? :D
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Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
you did a good job
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kurarevolution Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps one of the best and most simple anatomy tutorials I have ever read. Excellent job!
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Eldora-Rea Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Good Tutorial, Nice tip on child proportions.
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Bloody1611 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010   Filmographer
This is really useful!
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Frigandier Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou for making this! Honestly, this is the first time I've heard of 'hips and shoulders in opposite directions,' and suddenly... everything is making a lot more sense. :D Thankyou so much!
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bakenekogirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good idea! This kind of tutorial is still useful. A basic way of seeing the body is always helpful at the beginning. At each work is to study the anatomical details.
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ItoeFujiwara Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Writer
Very nice tutorial :D
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CBHorseLover Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Thank you, this will really help me. You explained it very clearly :D
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Calicoxchan Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
this is really awesome thanks for posting it
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SyrianKanachi Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
This is probably the most helpful thing I will ever encounter on this website. I've been drawing sorta freely without looking at how to do proportions for about 7 months.. and I finnaly decided i needed some help. I never used guidlines either, which is why all of my stuff looked like crap.

Thank you for this tutorial. It has, and will help me more than you can imagine.
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Venatra Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
Woah, this will help me lots! Thanks for making this tutorial!
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Must-eat-u Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
This is very helpful, thank you! ^^
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LeMongello Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Wow! That helps a lot! Thanks for posting! Just throwing this out as a suggestion, but you should really make this available as a print! I'm constantly needing a reference on the human body when I'm sitting in class. Just a thought.
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DarkndAngel9 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks soo much! this helps alot!
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fedora-blues Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist
Nice tutorial!
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XBudgiexchanX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
This is very helpful! Thanks!
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Dramaqueen5652 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
I thank you... this helps muchly.
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fusheelantreeno Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
...spaaaaank yoooooou
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Taskidog Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
he he... crotch.... ha ha... he he he he he *and Taski's giggles increase* --> :rofl:
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
*blink* :O_o:
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EibborN Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005
Ooooh.... These proportions will prove very useful... Bwahaha... ha....
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EibborN Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005
Ooooh.... These proportions will prove very useful... Bwahaha... ha....
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RainMutt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
I know this is old, but I shall fave it anyways, because I need it.
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fairyTinga Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'm training on anatomy to improve myself,a friend :rayfan sent me a link to your tutorial,very useful,i think it's gonna help a lot of people,thankya!!!^^
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
People are actually sending their friends links to my work!? God, now I'm blushing...
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fairyTinga Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes they are!!and it's a good thing!:D stop blushing,your work is great!
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Taskidog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004
Ya-know, this actually covers a lot of no-nos in my style ^^;
I've never even bothered to do research on the differences in female bodies to male bodies |-p
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: Cute. I like. :) Working from a live model really helps too. I got a taste of that in college.
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004   Writer
This is very nicely done! And frankly a lot more useful than studying 200 bones. I really like the way you show the body proportions.

Speaking of proportions, have you noticed that the nostrils and ear canals are never too small for a finger to fit inside? :D
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kujakisses Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 this is cute. I like how you have the head narrating.
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Baleshadow Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, this will come in very handy. Thank you.
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Venatra Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
OMG i love your avatar!! So.. mesmerising..
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Seiryuu-Kami Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Thanks!
Very usefull! ^^
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