How to draw legs

Figure Templates for Fashion Designers

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw legs in your fashion sketches and illustrations. In fashion drawing legs are the body part that is the most idealized. Note that they don’t need to be realistic – they need to be long and elegant! Being able to draw beautiful legs in your sketches will add the needed grace and style and show the best of your designs.

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 6min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 5/10

How to draw legs in 9 easy steps:

Step 1: Pelvis

how to draw legs

Starting from the place you finished the Female torso tutorial pull down a vertical Centerline from the middle of the body.

Step 2: 5 more

how to draw legs

Divide the Centerline in 5 and a half sections each of which with the size of the model’s head. Remember that drawing them the same size is fundamental for the final result. Don’t overlap them and make sure they are situated right on the Centerline. Mark the ground where the five heads and a half end.

Some fashion illustrators prefer to draw the legs even more enlengthened. Following the steps in this tutorial guarantees you elegant results, but if you are looking for exaggerated proportions feel free to experiment with the number of the heads located on the Centerline.

Step 3 Knees and ankles guidelines

how to draw legs

Just where the second head ends draw two circles for the knees. Each circle’s radius is half the size of the head’s radius. Mark the center points. Draw slightly smaller circles in the bottom-most part of the last full head. These are for the ankles. Mark the center points of the circles for the ankles as well. All the guidelines you made should touch the Centerline. Mark the middle of the 4th head with a horizontal line.

Step 4: Centerlines

how to draw legs

Women’s legs are known that have the silhouette of the letter X, and men’s- of the letter O. Here is how you get this impression: Separate the hip’s heads in two with a horizontal line. Connect the outer most point of the heads with the center of the corresponding knee. Draw a line from each knee to right next to the widest points of the 4th head. Connect back to the center of the ankle guideline.

Step 5: Directions

If your figure is standing still the knees wouldn’t be perfectly straight. Close the circles form the sides with lines inclined from the inside to the outside. Do it for both the knees and the ankles.

Note that the inner inclined lines of the ankle start higher than the outer. This is a golden rule for a good fashion illustration- always find a way to mark or even underline it.

The thumb is (in most of the cases) the longest toe. Mark the feet outline with respect to this.

how to draw legs

Step 6: Thigh outlines

how to draw legs

Connect the hip’s most external points with the knee’s outer side. The inner side of the knee connects with the crotch by a straight vertical line. Following the guidelines and draw the calf leaving just a little space between the guideline and the actual outline. Soften the edges, as the human body is curvy, not edgy.

Step 7: Draw the calves

how to draw legs

Connect the inner parts of the knee and the ankle by a straight line. Finish the outline of the feet.

Step 8: Details

how to draw legs

To finish the calves make the inner side curved from the knee to the half of the 4th head. The inner side of the calf being more dramatically curved and higher is a very essential part of drawing a successful fashion illustration. Finish the rest of the details: Define the ankles and the toes, draw delicate dashes to hint the knee form and leg’s muscles.

Step 9: Get some clothes

how to draw legs
how to draw legs

Enjoy your final result and choose appropriate clothes to show those beautiful legs! Hopefully, this how to draw legs tutorial helped you gain a better understanding of the proportions in the fashion sketch. Feel free to experiment and draw them fuller, thinner, longer or shorter depending on your personal style and preferences.

Learning how to draw fashion figures is an essential skill for the fashion illustrator. If you want to find out the secrets how to do it better, faster and easier, check my online course ‘Fashion Figures 101‘!

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40 Comments

  1. Wow I’m very impressed what you have taught me because I struggled a bit but after drawing over and over; erasing over and over. I finally have something that looks alright. I’m going to keep practicing, but thanks for these tutorials they really help a newbie like me :-)

  2. Theyre fashion drawings when designers sketch out new designs(if they sketch) they draw them like this its not just the artist here

  3. I am now super motivated to start drawing fashion. :D Man, why haven’t I look for you sooner..? :P Hope you continue with these good stuffs! :*

  4. I’m petty sure she’s not saying her age, she’s saying that she’s been an art student for 9 years. Something like that. And I completely agree with her,

  5. I *really* cant stand that line of thinking. The anatomy isn’t off, as it is stylistic and deliberately meant to be like that. You didn’t have to include your age either. I hope you still dont have that ‘ZOMG skinny legs in fashun ewwww!!111 im only 14 so im sure my opinion dont even matta *edgy sarcasm*’ anymore.

  6. really helpful! I just can’t get the feet looking right, the proportions for the legs are fantastic though x

  7. Thanks teya .plz do a tutorial on how to draw different types of fabrics like silk and chiffon thanks :lol: :lol:

  8. This is REALLY CONFUSING. I’ve been doing this over and over and over again and I cant even finish it because it is TOO confusing.

  9. hey….i just love ur tutorials as it has made things very easy to understand.. :roll:
    u doin a great job…..!!!!

  10. This did not help me at all what so ever , I think you confused a whole lot of people on this “template”. Many you should think I out more thoroughly .

  11. this was amazingly helpful !! thx a lot !! :lol: i never thought i would finally know how to draw this!! you should print books nd sell them !! thx again!! :lol:

  12. hey hi…i liked all of ur tutorials they helped me a lot :-) but i would like sum tutorials on colouring medias like staedtlers, photo inks, sketch pens and all :-) as im a fashion student it’ll help me a lot : -) thanks :-)

  13. THIS DID NOT HELP AQT ALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! I WANT IT FROM THE SIDE LEFT AND RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FIND SOMEONE WHO DRAWS LEGS FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! UGH! AND THIS WAZ DUMB WAT KING SKINNY, CHICKEN LEGS R THESE??????? :sad: :sad: :-| :-| :cry: :cry: :o :o :o :-? :-? :eek: :eek: :sigh: :sigh: :sigh:

  14. [quote name=”josie”]this was very helpful. i think you should do a tutorial on zippers. ive been having trouble with those lately ;-) :-) :lol: :D :P[/quote]
    Thank you! I have actually started to make a “How to draw zipper” tutorial, but I couldn’t fishish it for some reason. Now I will go back to it! Enjoy your time here :-)

  15. this was very helpful. i think you should do a tutorial on zippers. ive been having trouble with those lately ;-) :-) :lol: :D :P

  16. [quote name=”Kristin”]So.. this is kind of the thing that causes little girls to diet and not love themselves.. I know it’s a fashion template… but those legs are disgusting.. Plus, the anatomy is off, as thighs are meant to be larger than the calves. But, you know, I guess I’m just some frumpy year 9 student who doesn’t know anything right? :-?[/quote]
    Hey, Kristesn :) My tutorials are not ment to promote dieting or self hate. They just show my approach of drawing fashion figures.
    Usually fashion figures are transformed in ways that make them look taller and more elegant.
    And if you do it differently than me this is perfectly fine ;-)

  17. So.. this is kind of the thing that causes little girls to diet and not love themselves.. I know it’s a fashion template… but those legs are disgusting.. Plus, the anatomy is off, as thighs are meant to be larger than the calves. But, you know, I guess I’m just some frumpy year 9 student who doesn’t know anything right? :-?

  18. [quote name=”sally”]this tutorial is amazing. everyone of them have help me. can u make a turorial on how to draw a flowy summer dress or anything. this site is brillant it seems every tutorial im cabable of drawing and repeating :D[/quote]
    Thanks, Sally! I will definitely make a “how to draw a dress” tutorial. Maybe more than one. I’m so happy you find the tutorials helpful and enjoy your time here :)

  19. this tutorial is amazing. everyone of them have help me. can u make a turorial on how to draw a flowy summer dress or anything. this site is brillant it seems every tutorial im cabable of drawing and repeating :D

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