beautiful fighter

Well, I was asked to draw a “sexy” chick, and I finally had some time to search for the right pose and draw her today. Here is the process I used to draw this “life” drawing. In this case the pose was from a picture I found on the internet of a nude model. I changed her pose slightly. My objective was to make her have both a sensual pose and look on her face, instead of that of a cold blooded killer. The medium used for this drawing will be pencil. I started the drawing off on regular photocopy/bond paper.


1. First and foremost is to get the correct pose of the person down. At this point, you also have to make sure the drawing will fit on the page. I start by drawing loose and gestural bone structures to get the overall gesture. In order to proportion the body correctly, I use the size of the head as a reference and split up the paper. This allows me to easily make sure the proportions are correct. Remember to draw light, and don’t bother using an eraser.


2. The most important step at this point is to check to make sure the posture, proportions, and locations for all of the body parts are correct. If they are too far off, you can always start over since you have not invested a lot of time at this stage of the drawing. Start off with light and gestural contour lines to draw in the body. Recheck the proportions, and then pick the correct line and darken it, following the nuances of the model. Once the outline of the body is drawn in and looks correct, the facial features can be drawn in.


3. I will usually photocopy the drawing and work out designs for clothing, armor, accessories, etc.


4. Once I have everything correctly proportioned, and the details of the clothing are decided on, I will use the drawing as an underlay and trace over it with Bienfang Graphics 360 marker paper. As I trace I change the pencil pressure to create light to dark lines keeping in mind my light source. This gives the drawing more life and a sense of light. The details are all refined and the drawing is done and ready for photoshop, or shading. Unfortunately I was at the limit of my scanner and so the detail of the sword’s saya (scabbard) did not come through. If needed, you can use a kneaded eraser to lighten up dark lines, etc.

    • alessandrocayetano
    • June 3rd, 2009

    wow dan, i’m impressed! good job constructing her! i actually wish you kept some of the line weight you did in the 3rd and 4th construction sketches. still though i can see you totally developing, keep at it G!

    • joncorpuz
    • June 3rd, 2009

    Awesome job Dan!!! great to see the skeletal structure, proportions, and gesture in the sketches…the 3rd sketch is the best, it shows all of those key elements and is very gestural, alive and loose…

    • The Midnight Chat
    • June 3rd, 2009

    Very, very impressive!! I also like drawing and I got some very good tips from your post!!
    Thanks a lot!!
    The Midnight Chat

  1. Dan…This is fkin impressive man! Im just gonna come right out there and say it…those are huge boobs! I love seeing the progression of the sketch and the way you broke it down into portions. Alive and Loose, like Jon says! Well done Dan!

    • dancrlo
    • June 3rd, 2009

    Yeah I was going to show a progression of the sketch, and make a few comments, but it turned out to be close to a tutorial, so I just made it one. Thanks for the comments.

    • dancrlo
    • June 3rd, 2009

    Oh and as for the breast, if I’m drawing it, I get to make them however I want :).

  2. I learned from this Dan, Thank you.

    • joncorpuz
    • June 3rd, 2009

    Yeah great job again with the demo Dan…thanks for posting your process, its so vital to the sketch!

    • dancrlo
    • June 4th, 2009

    Edit: I fixed most of the grammar and actually used some English skills.

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