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Anatomy Part 1: Form and Function by shutterbones Anatomy Part 1: Form and Function by shutterbones
(Please forgive the unholy size of this tutorial)

Part 1 - Form & Function: [link]
Part 2 - Proportions: [link]
Part 3 - Face & Feeling: ---
Part 4 - Action & Interaction: ---


Now assuming you kids don't bleed from the eyeballs while reading this wall of text, here's a long-awaited tutorial about anatomy... or at least what I think I know about it. I feel kind of unworthy to be the person making it since I've never been to art school and drawing is just a self-employed hobby of mine. I don't pretend to be a master of the arts.

However! Since I've been asked a many times before, and just recently, I finally decided to buckle down and make some form of coherent "notes" over what I do know. I hope this series helps you guys more than it confuses. I would hate to confuse you all. And just for the record, here's some other EXCELLENT tutorials not made by me that probably explain the subject a lot better than I ever could (and from probably more professional artists than myself)
Form & Function

Fellas Tutorial and Ladies Tutorial by `alexds1

Drawing Children by *toerning

Dorf Drawing Guide by *aimo


Feet Drawing Guide by *goku-no-baka

Hand Tutorial by `alexds1
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BlackMoril Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I'm reading a lot of tutorials like that on dA lately and this one has some valuable observations I've not encountered before, so thanks for that :dummy:
KaiiKaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial, thanks :)
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no prob!
Ssobaka Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOH thank you! magnificent tutorial!!!
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no problem!
wolvenlied1989 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think out of the whole tutorials the advice (closing thoughts) at the bottom are the most valuable :)
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you found them helpful! :D
Shokai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much! It was really helpful! I, like you, am a self-taught hobbyist/artist as well. I read from some resources to start off with simplified skeletons, but this didn't always work for me. Then I found out about using blocks and circles. Sometimes, one may not work or I will prefer one over the other based on what I'm drawing. I realized that it's best to use whatever you feel will get the job done. Because of you, I have hope in my endeavors to continue drawing ^_^
shutterbones Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you could find some use out of it! And also good luck with your art, I wish you the best in your endeavors. :D
KaishoSohando Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Thanks for this helpful tutorial, though I find it hard to find good tutorials. So thanks :3
Imnurhest Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man ... looks like I broke the tutorial. I'm tall and fat XD
Chocolatevmilk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I got some troubles with draw male bodies so its really helpful for me!!
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad I could be of some help :D
Bantilicious Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really detailed and well-worded. Thanks!
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem I glad I could help out some :)
Vanity-And-Nightfall Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! This is really helpful.
shutterbones Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could be of assistance! :D
MissingNoGhost Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
This is one of the most helpful tutorials I have ever read. Thank you!
shutterbones Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I glad you could find some use out of it :)
Wild-Dracoyena Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite being a visual learner, your wall of words was actually quite helpful to me.
shutterbones Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very glad it wasn't a headache to read then, lol. And also glad to hear it was helpful! :)
NanaItalia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
helped a lot. thank you^^
CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Like it. :)
Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A really good tutorial- I didn't think it was a wall of words at all- it's helped me a lot! Thanks :)
Amie-geaidesbois Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you for this tutorial :)
jo0ony Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student
thank you sooooooo much
Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! *-*
cjtrunk Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for this!
Hathien603 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Super helpful tutorial! Really nice job and thanks for putting it together! :la:
Can't wait to see the other installations!
RaraAvisInTerra Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is awesome, I was about to ask you for one! :iconexcitedlaplz:
It's just what I needed!
andrivette Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yessss! Can't wait for more!
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