In this tutorial you will learn how to draw beautiful long legs for your fashion illustrations. The understanding of fashion legs proportions will add a lot to the clothes you create, giving them the needed grace and style to show the best of your designs.
Step 1: Pelvis
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
Divide the Centerline in 5 and a half sections each of which with the size of 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.
Step 3 Knees and ankles guidelines
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 if the 4th head with a horizontal line.
Step 4: Centerlines
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.
Step 6: Thigh outlines
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 human body is curvy, not edgy.
Step 7: Draw the calves
Connect the inner parts of the knee and the ankle by a straight line. Finish the outline of the feet.
Step 8: Details
To finish the calfs make the inner side curved from the knee to the half ot 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
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.