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How to draw a man

Walking men fashion illustration Drawing the man figure and designing menswear can appear challenging at first sight, but once you master the step-by-step technique in this tutorial it will be nothing but fun. You will learn how to draw the basic runway pose and how to represent the proportions of the male fgure. It’s time to get creative!

Step 1: Figure dimensions


Start your fashion sketch my marking how large the figure will be. Leave a little bit from the top and a little bit the bottom of the sheet then pull the Centerline.
Slightly higher than the actual middle of the Centerline is the figure halfway. The head and torso will be drawn above this line while the legs will occupy the lower half.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 2: Head and torso guidelines

Divide the upper half of the figure in four equal parts. The head of the model takes up almost the whole upper most 1/4. Leave a little bit from the 1st and a little bit from the 2nd part for the neck of the figure.
Leave 1 head from the ground up for the feet of the model.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 3:Draw the shoulders

Draw an ellipse for the head and then draw the neck in between the dashed lines. Sketch the shoulders, which for a man figure are at least 3 times the width of the head. Notice the relief of the shoulders- there is a slight bulge close to the neck.

Tip: The neck of male figures should be drawn shorter and wider compared to the female models.

How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 4: Draw the torso

The upper most 1/3 of the torso should be drawn narrowing down from the shoulders to the second section. The width of the second section is slightly larger than the width of the head. It consists of two vertical lines. The third section is about the same size as the second one and represents the hips. Since it’s a walking runway pose one of the legs is in front of the other. The side with the front leg is slightly angled as shown in the example. See the How to draw walking posetutorial for more details why.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 5: Draw the arms and legs guidelines

Divide the torso’s upper most side in three and pull the arms centerlines. They are ending at the figure hips section with ellipses marking the size of the hands. Make sure the hands are not too small. To find the right place for the elbows just imagine the middle of the torso (the dashed line).
Draw a straight line for the left leg and an ellipse for the foot. Find the middle of A-B segment and draw a circle slightly higher to mark the knee of the right leg. Notice the placement of the right foot – close to the Centerline and higher than the left foot.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 6: Filling the body skeleton

The arms and legs of the male figure are significantly wider than those of the female models. Start building them around the guidelines marked in the previous step and don’t worry about realism at this stage. Just simple tubes.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 7: Add some relief

Men figures are also more muscular than women fashion figures. Start adding muscles around the arms and the legs. Begin from the shoulder and make a slight bulge at the arm’s outside. Draw another bulge representing the biceps at the arm’s inside close to the elbow. Slightly curve the lower half of the arms, the tights and calves of the model. Notice that the inside curve of the calves is higher and more pronounced than the outside one.
Add the chests which are flat and slightly angular.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 8: Details

Erase all the unnecessary lines and start adding the fine details of the figure. Draw the collarbones, the hands and abs as shown. The abs are starting right below the chests and are most visible above the belly button. The third pack of abs is always ending at the belly button.
Refine the knees and the feet of the model.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Step 9: Finishing touches

Clean up everything, add a face, toes and of course the design you have in mind. In case the figure still looks somehow feminine you might want to check out the “Differences between male and female body” tutorial.

How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

Hopefully this step by step tutorial showed you and easy technique of drawing men that will give you the opportunity to create innovative and stylish menswear for your fashion collections.
How to draw a man figure for fashion design sketches step by step tutorial on drawing walking runway pose

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16 comments

  1. I just sketched my first-ever design in Men’s fashion… look: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1362613480482588&set=pcb.1362627443814525&type=3&theater. Thank you so much! God bless you!

  2. I just used your blog in my high school Fashion Design class. All the kids did great on a first sketch because we had your help. thanks.

  3. i like it,

  4. like your web-site any chance to receive children illustration steps in toddler to teens for tutorial purpose

  5. Thanq sir

  6. Sir can you also teach child model design sketch?

  7. Thank-you for teaching this.

  8. Thank you very much for the tutorial! It’s so helpful!

  9. Just finding your site and so thankful I did. I would love to see a few posts on drawing male figures/clothing if you get a chance. And I like your accent and spelling mistakes. Americans can be so rude! Thanks.

    • Thank you for the support! I try to keep the language simple enough so that everybody can understand the steps, even those who don’t speak English as first language.
      And I am also thankful when somebody tells me where to correct the spelling – I know I’m not writing perfectly :)

      There is a new page in the blog to submit ideas for tutorials. I will pull inspiration from there for future posts. Please feel free to submit it to http://www.idrawfashion.com/suggest-tutorial/
      Thank you!

      Love,
      Teya

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