How to Draw Arms From Different Angles

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An arm will look different depending on the angle at which you are viewing it from. Draw arms from different angles with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm an artist and today we're going to draw arms from different angles. So the first thing we're going to do is I'm going to show you just a straight on angle. Here's a neck and shoulders and the way that you would draw an arm in this scenario is they have a little bit of a shoulder and then the arm comes down and there's a little bit of a curve to the arm, sort of a natural curve and that is the top part of the muscle here and then it comes down into the forearm and you want to just give it like a nice kind of a curve here. So, there's a little bit of a muscle there, this part is narrower and then it comes into this kind of rounded forearm part and if you look at it stretched out it would have the same kind of thing, it's kind of narrow and then it comes in and then there's a little bit of a rounded part there which is the forearm. From the back, in the back you can see the shoulder blades here and then same kind of deal, muscle comes down and there's a little bit of a curve. There's the elbow on the back so you would just draw a little bit of a curve for the elbow and then the back muscles come down like so. If the arm is straight on, you would draw a circle for the shoulder and then another circle for the forearm and then say the outstretched fingers, something to that, there we go. See that? So there's a little bit of background going on here like for example if the person's body is here it would come something like that. And if you wanted to have the arm say bent, and from the back so here we are, bent and then it's going into, so we're looking at the back and it's bent as you can see there. That's the hand or it would be the hand. And that is how you draw an arm from different angles.

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