How to Draw Manga

How to Draw Manga - Drawing Female Chest And Torso

The chest and torso of a female manga character are a challenge to most artists because of the shape and position of the breasts. No matter what angle you draw the female body from; the breasts should be at a forty-five degree angle from the line that should be drawn through the middle of her chest. When most people draw breasts, they draw them individually and they tend to look like balloons taped onto your character's chest. This makes the woman's chest look fake and disconnected with the rest of the torso. The breasts shouldn't be shaped perfectly round, but should curve out from the chest and slowly curve back into the chest. After you have drawn a shirt over the body, don't forget to add shading to the underside of the breasts to give them depth. The general shape of the torso is a trapezoid. The waist on a female will be thinner than that of a male, so there will be a curve when drawing from the ribs to the hips. Make sure you don't make the waist too thin or it will not look right.

When drawing the shoulders you need to know that shoulders are not flat. When you draw the shoulders you have to give them a curve and a slope. Then the shoulders will give way to the arms and also the rest of the torso.

When the character's arms are lifted, draw a line where the underarm should be. When the arms are raised a part of the character's back will be showing. This gives the body a better dimension and a better sense of reality.

Now you have created a torso for your character. Don't forget the little details like a belly button or lines in the skin indicating muscle and lines indicating the ribs or even scars to give your character some personality!

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