Drawing a back view pose is one of the most challenging things in fashion design sketching. A nice rare view figure will allow you to show your design from another angle and will complement your portfolio in a beautiful way. If your portfolio you should try to have a front view, side view and back view poses of the croquis and choose the most appropriate figure base for each design. Unleash your imagination and creativity and design with pleasure on it!
Time, Tools and Difficulty:
Time to complete the tutorial: 9 min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 7.5/10
How to draw a back view pose in 8 steps:
Step 1: Guidelines
Start by placing the guidelines that will help you build the back view pose. Mark the top and the bottom of the Centerline. Find the middle of the distance and mark slightly above. This will be the Half line of the body since fashion sketches tend to be drawn with longer legs. Divide the upper half into 3 parts.
Step 2: Head proportions
On the right side of the Centerline draw the head. Draw it slightly smaller than the uppermost 1/3 part.
Draw two ellipses on each side of the Centerline to mark the booty.
The right ellipse starts from the true Half line and its middle is the Fashion Half line.
Make sure that the booty ellipses and the model head are about the same size.
Notice that the right booty is placed lower that the left one. If the model was facing the other direction this would be the opposite.[
Step 3: Mark the spine
Draw a gently curved line from the model head to the Centerline just above the booty. This is a guideline for the spine of the figure.
Join the rightmost point of the booty to the bottom of the Centerline. This line is very slightly curved out.
Step 4: Shoulders and heels
Leave some space for the neck and pull a straight horizontal line to mark the shoulders. The female figure shoulders are about the same width as the hips. Make sure you have even length from both sides of the spine. Mark two circles at the end of the line.
Draw a straight line from the left booty ellipse to the ground. It should extend not too far from the right shoulder. Mark the heels at ½ head from the ground.
Step 5: Draw the torso
Start by marking the place where the knees are going to be – this is the middle of the line from heels to the booty.
In Step 1 the upper part of the Centerline was divided into 3. The top of the 3rd part is where the waist is supposed to be. Imagine that the width of the waist is about the same as the width of the head and connect it to the shoulders.
Pull down a vertical line from the right shoulder and draw a circle at waist level for the elbow. At the end of the line mark the hand using a horizontal ellipse.
Remember from the “How to draw arms” tutorial that the elbow stands right at the middle of the arm. Try not to make the arms too long or too short.
Draw the left arm keeping in mind that shoulder-to-elbow length is the same for both arms.
Step 6: Flesh
Using the guidelines start building the form of the body. Use all the guidelines as Centerlines except for the left leg, where it is the outline.
Step 7: More flesh
Finish the arms and the legs. Hint the hand and draw the back view of the shoes as shown in the illustration. First, add a trapezoid under the heel for the soles of the shoes. Then add the actual heel making it slightly longer compared to the trapezoid. Finish by curving the lines and adding detail to the shoe.
Step 8: Finishing touches
Small details can really make the difference when drawing a fashion figure from the rare view. Hint the elbows, the back of the knees and a few lines on the back. Add a hairstyle to the model and you are ready to go!
Learning how to draw a back view pose can save you a lot a frustration when presenting your fashion designs from another angle. Master this easy to follow technique and drawing backless dresses will be a pure pleasure for you. Enjoy!
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