How to draw walking poses

Here in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw the fashion figure walking down the runway. This is one of the most popular poses that fashion designers use for their portfolios, yet it is fast, easy and fun to draw. All kind of clothing looks great on this pose. So sharpen your pencils and let’s begin!

Step 1: Body dimensions

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Mark the size of the fashion figure. If you are going to draw it on the whole sheet, leave just a little bit of space from both the top and bottom end.
Pull a vertical body Centerline and find its middle.

Step 2: Legs/torso

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

To set the length needed for the legs and the torso divide the upper half of body Centerline in 3 even parts. Mark the middle of the 3rd part. This is where the pelvis of your fashion figure should be.
Higher than the pelvis stands the torso, below – the legs.

Step 3: Head size

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To find how big the head of the model should divide the upper space from the pelvis into 3 equal parts.
The top segment is where the head and the neck are going to be. Separate it in 3 again.

Step 4: Draw the head

Draw the head in the first 2/3 of the top section.
Continue and draw the neck in the last 1/3.

If everything is correct so far you should have enough space to draw 3 more heads from the neck down to the pelvis. Check it out, it’s important.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 5: Draw the torso

Draw the figure’s torso. If you need help with it– use the “How to draw female torso” tutorial. I won’t tell anyone ;)
Make sure you do not erase the little circles on the hips, you are going to need them in the next step.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 6: Hips move

This is the most essential step in drawing this fashion pose. You need to move the whole hips area to the left.
Also, make sure that the left circle stands higher than its original position and the right circle stands lower than before.
If you were to connect the two circles with a line it would be no longer horizontal, but rather diagonal.

The incline of the hips is always from the front leg toward the back one.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 7: The front leg

One head from the ground mark a spot close to the body Centerline. Join this spot with the higher hip circle. This way you will hint the direction of the front leg.
In the middle of the leg’s guideline draw a circle for the knee.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 8: Draw the leg

Using the “How to draw legs” tutorial draw the front leg of your model. The spot that you marked in the previous step is approximately where you should place the ankle. Note that the foot is not tilted, but straight, parallel to the body Centerline.
Draw a circle for the knee of the back leg right next to the other.
Use a short horizontal line to indicate the level of the toes of the back leg. This line should be about the ankles of the front leg.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 9: The back leg

Connect the lower hip circle to the back leg knee.
Draw the foot. Its size is almost the same size as front leg’s. Note that it is partially hidden behind the front leg. The more-the better.
Use an arched line to join the knee with the foot.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 10: Back leg flesh

Finish the outline of the back leg following the guidelines you just made. Notice that there is space between the tights.
Draw the guidelines for the arms as seen at “How to draw arms” tutorial. Remember that the elbows are always at level of the waist.

Keep the arm corresponding to the front leg close to the body and slightly behind it. The arm corresponding to the back leg should be drawn away from the figure.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design

Step 11: Arms

Finish drawing the arms of your model and erase any unnecessary lines.

How to draw fashion figure walking for fashion design
Drawing fashion sketches fugure walking pose

Add the face, hair and your fashion design to make this walking pose absolutely amazing!

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68 Comments

  1. Omg this has helped me so much in my learining as I want to become a fashion designer myself. Thank you so much for this! :)

  2. Thank you so much! Although I still have a lot to learn, this helped me improve in drawing this particular pose. Thank you for making all of these tutorials, Ms. Teya, I really appreciate them!

  3. Hi teya can you please post fashion figures of different poses. Since i got to know your site believe me this what i’v always looked for. Designing has always been my passion and your site is the best i’v come across. Please post about how to draw different fashion figures. Will be a big help for me. Thank you.

  4. This was very helpful and I thank you. But how do you determine how the fabric of a dress flows onto the body for a sketch?

  5. this is so hard, and they make it look easy. i gave up on the second or third step. break it down. ireally wanna b a fashion designer, and ur not helping. the only thing i was succesful with was the sitting pose :sad: :oops: :-|

  6. i tried to draw this but on like the third step, gave up. they nnake it look so easy. the only one i was succesful on was the sitting pose :oops:

  7. ;-) I’m 14 and I sent my designs to head of a fashion group and they approved! They’ve offered me a youth design job :lol:

  8. this is an awesome website. But it wasn’t what I was actually looking for :-| :-| :-| :-| :cry: :o :sad:

  9. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8) ;-) :-| :-| :lol: :lol: :lol: :D thank you so much , i cant hold myself , i knw hw to sketch nw

  10. OMG!!! look this may be hard to believe but i am only 9 and ur site has helped me so much with my sketches its like my habit now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P :roll: :D :lol: :-) ;-) 8)

  11. So easy u know I am 13 and this really helped me u know I used my drawing and asked Someone to make the same thing in wood and now I make clothes and put them on my models 8)

  12. [quote name=”ashley”]this is so hard, and they make it look easy. i gave up on the second or third step. break it down. ireally wanna b a fashion designer, and ur not helping. the only thing i was succesful with was the sitting pose :sad: :oops: :-|[/quote]
    Ikr :/

  13. Are there any other poses you could help us with? Such as a simple standing pose? I’m trying to steer away from constantly using templates and give myself more freedom by drawing my own figures from scratch x

  14. omg!!! this looks so easy but it’s not!! btw for those of you who said that are not giving up gratz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

  15. can u please break down the steps to the part when it gets to the leg because everytime i draw it its not a sucess.

  16. you guys make it look so easy when its really hard! i tried it like 2 times but im not giving up im gonna try again and see if thiis works! :oops:

  17. Hey Sally :)
    I will make a back view tutorial for sure. I blieve it will be helpful for so many people…
    And regarding the review section- I plan to write reviews for the best fashion illustration books I know, but still can’t find time for this.
    I promised to have 10 book reviews by the end of the year,so I suppose it’s time to begin writing them :lol: Thanks for reminding!

  18. :lol: :lol: :lol: wow… i always try to do this pose but its so hard! Thanks for your helpful tips! TFS(thanks for sharing) !

  19. heyyy your site is very helpful
    can you try posting how to draw the back view as well
    Thankyou :)

  20. [quote name=”bedelish”]I guess you could do a plus size template since not everyone is thin and models come in diffrent shapes and sizes also your model figure is totaly awesome
    :-*[/quote]
    Thanks for the great idea! I like it!

  21. I guess you could do a plus size template since not everyone is thin and models come in diffrent shapes and sizes also your model figure is totaly awesome
    :-*

  22. tis was really really helpful. thank you soooo much. it came out nicer than i expected. sure wish i could show you, trust me u’d be very proud. :-) keep up d gudwork

  23. Oh…this is sooo helpful! It seemed complicated to me in the beginning, but when I just followed the steps it came out really nice. Thanks a million! :-) :-) :-)

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