How to draw muscles

How to draw muscles under stress: final

Knowing how to draw muscles in motion will add fluidity and movement into a still image. This tutorial will study the male back and arms, exploring the natural rhythm of the muscles, and the expressiveness they display when they work in union and counter-balance to propel the body with grace and style.

It's a beautiful thing to observe for someone who loves anatomy, but it opens a whole new world of possibilities for an artist – flowing shapes, lines and rhythmic tones. Mastering how to convey that in a piece will enhance your work.

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Patrick J Jones is an artist, teacher and the author of Sci-fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques, The Anatomy of Style and The Sci-fi & Fantasy Art of Patrick J Jones.