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How I Draw Guys by Lilybyte How I Draw Guys by Lilybyte
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.

Seiji: [link]

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.

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Mix-GentleHERO Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
So I'm not the only one who doesn't do the chest lines and stuff.
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Smokey0632YT Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OMG THNX ZOMG
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Lilybyte Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Q U Q 
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sibiawesome Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Sweet sketches! :D Your anatomy is super good (as is your clothes... Damn. I can't draw 'em that well!). Your OC reminds me of Garry from Ib. :)
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Lilybyte Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, you're so sweet! thank you o w o~ 

If you practice enough I'm sure you'll get to the level you want to be at someday u w u It's always possible as long as you persevere! 
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sibiawesome Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Thanks for the confidence! :iconmanlytearsplz:
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Melojelo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
dfgh You HAVE ASPENS DESIGN DOWN
I DONT KNOW WHAT IM DOIN WITH WHATS HIS FACE. V- VV I FORGET HIS NAME ATM

homg anatomy //touches and dies
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Lilybyte Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOLOLOLOLOL

VANE. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU SPELLED IT. I JUST REMEMBER ASPEN MAKING LAME JOKES ABOUT IT. LIKE WEATHER VANE. AND HE'S SO VAIN.
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i still cant understand the lower proportioning concept in the male and female body sorry but thanks for this i got the idea.
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Lilybyte Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The lower proportioning? Do you mean crotch and below? I'm sorry I'm not versed in the technical aspects of it either, and i tend to draw them the same way for both genders. However, I do know that the way to draw jean folds are different for a girl and a guy's...
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