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Tutorial: Male Torso - Front by KrisCynical Tutorial: Male Torso - Front by KrisCynical
Another tutorial in my ongoing review of my anatomy notes. The same as before, the info is compiled from Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck as well as notes from Aaron Board's (www.aaronboard.com) Figure Anatomy class at Ringling.
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Tutorial: Male Torso - Front by *KrisCynical Suggesters Words: This is an easy to follow tutorial of the anatomy of a male torso! I love how it does not overwhelm us with tons of details of all the muscles, instead it breaks it down so only the major muscles are reviewed. Excellent for beginners! ( Suggested by MzzAzn and Featured by shelldevil )
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AbsoluteSpring Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
This is a very good tutorial on the subject. Do you plan to make one on the back view of the torso?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)

No, not really... there aren't as many visual "tricks" to the back, you know?

If you're interested in further improving your anatomy skills I'd highly recommend you pick up the book I referenced in this tutorial, though. It's an *excellent* resource for anatomy, AND it's super cheap to boot. It was the least expensive textbook I had the entire time I was in college and nearly 10 years after graduating it's STILL within arm's reach of my work area and I refer to it quite a bit. I can't sing its praises highly enough... which is why I recommend it to everybody and their dog, regardless of current skill level.
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AbsoluteSpring Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
I like your tutorial because it's a simplified version of the information found in anatomy art books. I heard about the book that you recommend. I will definitely check it out. Thank you so much for sharing!!! Love 
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Can-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, very interesting. And, thanks for references, been using Grey's Anatomy [the book, not the series].
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HowManyShipsInHarbor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this! The explanation about the serratus interiors saved me!
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rahul808 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful :)
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akchrome Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
legit question. The color coded part at the very top. Why are the nipples square?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The nipple is round. The square shape you see is the skin surrounding the nipple, because Peck drew these diagrams as though the surface flesh was cut away. He left the surface of the nipple there as a reference for where the nipple should sit on the pectorals.
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lnfluenze Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is...
FANTASTIC!

I can't wait to start drawing sexy men soon. 
OMG OMG OMG 
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Nee-k Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
verry instructive, thank you teacher ! 
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ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS!!!
I now finally can learn how to draw a dude!!!
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chessy-cat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry to be the prick to say this, because there's really no need to, but I feel unnecessarily proud that I did not flinch at the scientific words for these because I'm taking anatomy/physiology for reasons like making my drawings anatomically correct.

Less proud because I still really needed this tutorial, thanks for making it!
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think that makes you sound like a prick at all.

I highly recommend you get a copy of the book mentioned in this tutorial if you're trying to improve your anatomy. It'll help a lot!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
thanks :D!
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Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
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So helpful.  Thanks for doing this.
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Disciple77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How educational yet fun at the same time! This helps a bunch! Thanks~<3
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Feathertho Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This helped! Except the part that says "asis" I thought it said ass o-o I feel mature now.
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Kikcac Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thanks for the great tutorial! I learned a bunch of new things here.
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DannyDMan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
wow this is really helpful! thanks.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Hey, I have a question about the serratus. There are 5 of them but you drew 3. I know the first doesn't appear because it's next to the chest and the oblique doesn't go till there... But what about the 5 one? It never appear? Even if the male is on side view?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wasn't going for textbook accuracy on the drawing there but just a visual to make my point. But no, you usually don't HAVE to draw five.
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Vail-Combat-Irtis Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Ringling. *.*
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Kanadaj Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
In the case of the naval, I have doubts... [link] like on this, most anatomy figures show it being under the third set of abdominals
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I think the tuturial is correct. If you want to, go to this site [link] scroll the page down and look up the 2 and 3 images; they're very detailed and they show the shape of the abs as well as the 8 abs muscles and where the rib cage is , it might help :)
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Peck's book has been in constant publication for over 60 years and the prof who taught the class is a master figure painter and has taught anatomy for nearly 20 years. I'm going to continue to go with what I have shown here.
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Kanadaj Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looking around a bit I have to say I've seen both versions, with many cases where it was between the third set in varying heights. Just sayin'.
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Fishbone999 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i plan on redrawing each and every one of these torsos. very well explained, keep the tutorials coming and i shall surely use them!
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Icicle1penguin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Ahhhh. :aww:
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful tips and drawings.Thank you for sharing!
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
or I many print it.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you can download or print a copy of it but only for your own use, please. Do not distribute it to other people.
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, and if I would I would also have asked!
and Great Tutorial! (It helps me further with learning to draw anatomy)
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, as it is a anatomy tutorial, can I download and copy it for use?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I often struggle with male anatomy so this should be of some help.
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CustardAndPie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU so much for this tutorial!!!! I'm currently trying to practice more with male anatomy, and with the male torso I tend to screw up. Plus, I'm tired of seeing all the "multi-package man" drawings on dA, because seriously, real abs do NOT look like that. At all. Especially if they look chiseled in.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The book I reference in this tutorial would be really good for male anatomy, but you'd have to get your parents' permission first before getting it because there ARE a few photos of full-frontal nude male figure models in the back that they might want to censor with a Sharpie or something given your age. I don't know how strict they are. You can find it on amazon for roughly $12 new.
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kaitsuart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wuhhaahh .... >,<) this is really help me for learn it also kris san you explain it with simple explanation. about the six pack ... it is because our movement limit that ?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I take it you mean does our movement limit the abs to six being visible? If so, no, it isn't our movement. It's just the way we're built.
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Wraith-Shade Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
The key to drawing anything properly: know how it's put together. And that is exactly what this tutorial tells us. Thank you!
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SpicaNardi Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A-WE-SO-ME!!! Thanks!!! :D
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful!! :D It will help so much with my male characters! And congratulations on the DD!
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CielBendall Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   Digital Artist
You have no idea how much I started laughing at the "GOD NO D8<" on the chiselled blocks abs. I find myself falling into that accidentally at times with painting, then step back from my image when I think it's finished and go "OH GOD NO D8<" myself XD

Excellent tut.
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RustledFeathers Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
OMG! THANK YOU! I have been looking for a simple and down to earth explanation of some aspects of the male human torso, but until now all I've managed to find are complex studies by other people and I was unable to understand what exactly I was looking at, until I found this. Again, thank you!
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SakiaLumei Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Artist
Very good~!
I'll be sure to use this
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Degikowo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
thank you! this will help me a lot! you are amazing.
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Xx-Bunny-sama-xX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is really helpful!
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luckeri Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful, i'm thinking of buying that book you mentioned, but the shipping would be a problem..
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Lunacentille Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"OMG NO NO NO!" :excited:

Great tutorial by the way. I find it very, very helpful. :) Thanks a lot for uploading this. :hug:
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