How to Draw a Six-Pack on a Body

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A six-pack is the rippling ab muscles on an athlete. Create a study of a toned abdomen with this free video tutorial presented by a professional artist.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Dori DeCamillis, from Red Dot Gallery. We're going to learn how to draw a six pack on a body. Alright, to do a six pack, I'm going to start with the chest up above the torso here. I'm going to come down the outline here. This'll be the start of his hips. Mostly, the way to show muscles underneath the skin is to delineate with shadow. But, I'm first going to start out with just some guidelines to show me where I'm starting, where, in general, they're going to be placed. If I go ahead and start drawing out all the shadows in one little area, and keep going, I may find that I have lost track or gotten out of proportion, and then I have to go and erase heavy, dark lines, rather than being able to erase it while it's really light. So, when, after I know when it's really light, that I've gotten it blocked in properly, then I can go ahead and start putting my shadows. I still start putting in shadows lightly. I do not start with heavy shadows, because, again, if I need to change something, I don't want to have to be able to erase something heavy. Indeed, I might not be able to erase it if it's too heavy. So, I'm going around the little roundish shapes that I made to represent the abs. Some six packs are more defined than other ones. But, this one I'm trying to make pretty well defined, so you can see, mostly, how to make these shadows. Now, after I do this, I can see, okay, I want more shadows in certain places to make it even more three dimensional, as when I'm drawing anything. And, I can sort of feather with lighter shadows, feather between darker and lighter shadows, so that I get a smooth transition between shadows. And, I can keep taking this until it's very well defined, or I can leave it a little lighter. I'm just going to leave it at that. That is how you draw abs on a body.


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