The diversity of your model’s poses is what makes your fashion sketches extremely pleasant to look at. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn an easy way to draw a sitting figure and make your designs really stand out. Fashion figure drawing is an easy task – grab the pencils and let’s start the fun!
Time, Tools and Difficulty:
Time to complete the tutorial: 10min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 7/10
How to draw a sitting model pose in 8 steps:
Step 1: Draw the head
The first thing you need to do is to make sure you’ve done the composition well the whole fashion figure. Draw a vertical Centerline and make an oval shape for the head in the upper right corner. This shape should be slightly inclined to the right since the model will be looking through her shoulder.
If you have difficulties with the head shape take a look at the “How to draw fashion face“ tutorial.
Step 2: Shoulder and neck
Slightly below the head draw a slanted line to mark the shoulder. You don’t want to make this line too long, or the shoulders will become wide and not very feminine. Put a medium-sized circle at the end of the shoulder line.
Connect the shoulder and the head via a short line, exactly where the Centerline crosses.
Step 3: Draw the arm guidelines
To indicate the elbow draw a smaller circle, touching the Centerline. The distance between the shoulder and the elbow is about 1 ½ head. Join the circles.
To indicate the wrist draw an even smaller circle that again touches the Centerline. The distance between the elbow and the wrist is about 1 head. Join the circles keeping the line parallel with the Centerline.
Mark the hand position by two overlapping ellipses.
Step 4: Drawing the arm and hand
Surround the guidelines with some “flesh”. Follow the directions of the base and build the arm volume.
To draw the hand, straighten the curves from the basic guidelines. Add a small triangle for the thumb and bring your attention to the direction of the thumb. Then add a rounded shape to this triangle’s bottom part and draw 3 vertical lines to indicate the fingers. Make the first 3 fingers slightly longer.
Drawing the arm right is essential for the side-back view of a fashion figure. Model’s arms are thin and delicate – try to keep this in mind while drawing your illustration. If you need to, check out “How to draw arms”.
Step 5: The back and leg
The back of your model is easy to draw- just join the head with the wrist circle via a curved line.
Be careful with this spin curve – making it too straight would make her look stiff, and curving it more than needed will make her look tired.
To mark the place of the bent leg draw a slanted line. Stop at the armpit level and finish with a medium-size circle. The length of the leg shouldn’t exceed beyond the shoulder.
Step 6: Guidelines for the legs
Draw the calf of the bent leg. It’s slightly longer than the thigh.
To draw the second tight make a horizontal line from the wrist circle. Size is the same as the other tight.
Mark the knee and draw a slightly slanted line for the second calf. You can play with different poses just by changing this calf’s position.
Add the feet guidelines as shown in the “How to draw high heels” tutorial, and notice the position of the upper foot.
Step 7: Finishing the legs
Following the guidelines, add some flesh to the illustration. Notice that the bent leg becomes curved and wider in the butt area. Some volume to the back tight is also needed to make the body look realistic.
Curve the edges and erase all the unnecessary lines.
Step 8: Bust and tummy
Place the bust in the middle of the area shown in the illustration and draw a little bit of the tummy that is visible in this particular pose.
This is the base of how to draw a sitting figure. Now add a beautiful face, hair and of course clothes to turn this illustration into an absolute masterpiece. Enjoy!
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