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How to draw arms

How to draw arms for fashion sketches In this tutorial you will learn to draw arms in a few easy to follow steps. Understanding how to properly draw the arms and the legs can dramatically improve your fashion sketches and give you a big advantage in the presentation of your designs. This is a simplified tutorial on arms, because you do not need to know how to draw anatomical arms for fashion sketches. I hope you’ll enjoy and have fun!

Step 1: Draw the guidelines

Begin with fully prepared torso. Check out the “How to draw female torso” tutorial if you have issues drawing it.
Mark the shoulders with circles. Add a center to each circle and pull horizontal guidelines. One where the waistline is and one at pelvis level. These are needed to determine where to place the elbow and the wrist.

Tip: The guidelines will help you find the exact length of the arms even when they are not in relaxed position. The arm and the forearm are always more or less the same length.

How to draw arms for fashion sketches

Step 2: Begin drawing the arms

Once you have marks to guide you, it’s time to add straight lines to indicate the direction of the arms. Start from the center point of the shoulders.You can play and change those lines however you want, as long as you keep the proportions.

Tip: Notice that when the arms are relaxed the forearm goes slightly away from the body.If you draw them perfectly aligned the arms of your model will look stiff.

How to draw arms for fashion sketches

Step 3: Draw the elbow and the wrist

Having the size of the shoulder circle in mind, draw a smaller one for the elbow and another, even smaller, for the wrist. Be careful with the sizes- the arm should taper gradually. Use the guidelines you’ve already set to place the circles correctly.
Draw an ellipse bellow the wrist circle to indicate the hand.
How to draw arms for fashion sketches

Step 4: Draw the arms 

Connect via straight lines the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist circles.
Notice the arrow? It shows where the arm should begin from so it doesn’t look separated from the torso in a weird way.
How to draw arms for fashion sketches

Step 5: More realistic arms

If you leave the arm drawn like this it won’t look believable. Separate the forearm in 3 equal parts. In the section closest to the elbow add some volume (more to the inner side and less to the outer). Blend gradually with the second section and leave the 3rd section the way it is.
You can also hint the knuckles of the outer side of the wrist.
How to draw arms for fashion sketches

Step 6: Adding the details

You already have the arms of your model. Now just add tiny dashes to indicate where the arm contracts and draw the hands. Nothing more is needed!
How to draw arms for fashion sketches

It’s time to experiment with the directions now that you know the basics of how to draw arms. Make your own variations for your fashion sketches.
How to draw arms in differest and complex possitions for fashion sketches

How to draw arms for fashion sketches

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22 comments

  1. YOURE AWESOME!!!!

  2. I am bad at drawing hands thank you.

  3. well that was great but can you make a easier way to do it and show how to do the fingers Cuz that was hard and it wasn’t to my understandings but I’m not trying to be mean the drawing was beautiful very :D

  4. Great stuff and thanks!

  5. :lol: this has helped my a whole lot thank you :D

  6. [quote name=”I Draw Fashion”][quote name=”Jua”]Can you please make a Tutorial on how to draw fingers and toes? I was never actually able to draw them.[/quote]
    You will have it, Jua :-)[/quote]

    I’m very eager cause I also can’t

  7. I tried I could make it but when I tried in arms the size of fingers become small and get messed up.Maybe I need more practice

  8. [quote name=”sanjivani”]i cannot draw the fingers correctly and need to learn :cry:[/quote]
    Did you check the “How to draw hands”tutorial? It should help you :)
    http://www.idrawfashion.com/body/body-parts/122-how-to-draw-hands

  9. i cannot draw the fingers correctly and need to learn :cry:

  10. easy and good but cann’t draw fingers :cry:

  11. :cry: that is beautiful please could youbring on a tutorial about toes

  12. shaymaa alshawi

    :-) well done thats so nice :P

  13. [quote name=”I Draw Fashion”][quote name=”Jua”]Can you please make a Tutorial on how to draw fingers and toes? I was never actually able to draw them.[/quote]
    You will have it, Jua :-)[/quote]

    Thank you so much!!!!! :D

  14. [quote name=”Jua”]Can you please make a Tutorial on how to draw fingers and toes? I was never actually able to draw them.[/quote]
    You will have it, Jua :-)

  15. Can you please make a Tutorial on how to draw fingers and toes? I was never actually able to draw them.

  16. Thanks and all the best. Very helpful website. Cheers

  17. Tnx a bunch!!! U should post more!!!! :lol:

  18. :lol: your website is super helpful :D thanks

  19. I found this very helpful, thank you!

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