How to Draw a Backflip

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A back flip is something a person does in mid-air. Draw a back flip with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a back flip. So this is someone midair doing their little flip backwards. So we're going to draw one long gestural line that we're going to base the entire drawing on. This really helps us to get the whole idea looking right. So the hips are about here. They're going to be a squished oval. The legs are going to come down like so. The body and then the head will be about here. Now this is looking very abstract right now so we're just filling in basic shapes. The arms are up for stability. Okay so really basic shapes at the moment and we're going to fill in some more detail now so it really looks like a person in midair doing their back flip. So this arm is going to be across the front of the face. We're going to put a long oval in for the muscle then bring it down, straight across the underneath. The arm can then join to the back just one long line that comes around and can connect to the leg up front. Then the calf muscle, two rounded lines, then kind of a pointed oval for the foot. This leg comes down from this line. We see it more side on just one curve for the calf muscle and then a triangle for the foot. Let's get rid of some of these lines that we used as our working lines because we don't need them any more, put in some shorts and then back up to the top of the body and you do this back arm, the top of an oval meeting and kind of going up like so. These two lines are going to be at an angle but they want to be about the same sort of length, bring in the hands, just a combination of ovals for the fingers and then I'm going to just shade all across this side of the body so we can see it in a bit more 3D. Same with it down the upper leg and the front foot and then shade the entire head in just to make it really look like he's off the ground, let's shade in the ground line and there we go. My name is Daisy and that's how you draw a back flip.

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