Sorry about there being no captions in the picture; I got lazy. I'll explain a little here though. There are many people that skip the first step,
but I find that it makes my life much easier, so I do it. It's nothing fancy and it's messy. At this point, I don't worry about making it look pretty, I just want the pose. Males aren't cardboard boxes, but they're not hourglasses either. If you want to practice drawing guys that look like guys, I suggest looking at pictures of them. The more nude they are the better, because if they're wearing too much clothing you won't be able to see how their actual body looks like. (Don't be ashamed of looking at guys that are only wearing underwear. It's for reference purposes.)
Of course, I tend to break rules and for more of my effeminate original characters, I give them girl bodies. The two characters below are more obvious examples of my rule breaking.
Aime: [link]For the second step,
I lower the opacity of the guideline layer to about 12 percent and sketch over it. I'm still not too worried about making it look pretty. Here, I'm just trying to get the main aspects of his outfit onto the character. The guidelines help me especially when I need to draw clothing. It makes figuring out where folds go easier. I learned how to draw folds by observation: looking at other people's drawings, observing people in real life, and looking at people modeling clothes on korean fashion websites. Don't be afraid to use references. It's not cheating; it's learning. By using a reference, you'll be able to draw things more accurately than you would have without one, and if you draw it enough, you'll one day be able to draw it without the reference. (Professional Animators in Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks use references too! So don't be afraid!)In the third step,
I added a bit more detail to his clothing and I added in his face. I did this on a separate layer from what I named the "rough layer" (the previous step). I lowered the opacity on the "Rough layer" to 12 percent and sketched over that. Finally,
I made another layer, lowered the opacity of the previous layer, and lined it. As you can see, I ended up tweaking many things along the way. Those tweaks were made by my artistic intuition and some were made simply because I couldn't draw it and make it look "right".
By the way, this is
my OC, his name is Aspen. I'm sorry but I'll have to ask that you don't use his design. Thank you.