May 29, 2012

How to Draw Naked Girls!

WARNING: This post contains nudity. To those offended by the female form, avert your eyes now!

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Here’s something fun, and a little different for Australian People magazine: “How to Draw Naked Girls”*. For this post I’ll start at the thumbnail rough and we’ll work our way towards to published art.

So I got busy and came up with a rough layout – really more of a guide to show the editor what I had in mind. For the final piece, the mag’s designer would be laying it all out. I just needed to come up with all the illustrated elements and do some of the writing.

How to Draw Naked Girls illustrations (sketch) © Anton Emdin 2012. All rights reserved.

I thought it would be fun to have a little weird, goofy artist character who would be the narrator. And also, a ‘Boobs!’ breakout box to add a little more humour to the piece. The mag chose the model and I chose the most pinupy pose that would work in the space (a standing one would take up too much room). I made a small adjustment to her pose, so that it looked a little more dynamic. Sometimes illustrations can look bland if copied directly from photographs. Well, that’s my feeling, anyway.

I also researched a few old “how to draw” tutorials from the 50′s to see how many steps I’d need. Seemed like three or four was standard, so I stuck with that.

How to Draw Naked Girls illustrations (sketch) © Anton Emdin 2012. All rights reserved.

The next step was to actually draw a pinup, saving some of the steps along the way and making some notes, and of course to ink and colour all the other elements, too. Then I sent it off, waited a few weeks, and opened the mag to find the finished feature. Voila! Please click to see it bigger…

How to Draw Naked Girls illustrations © Anton Emdin 2012.  All rights reserved.

Thanks for looking!

~ Anton

Ps. Here’s a closeup of the Boobs! breakout, in case it’s a little hard to read…

How to Draw Naked Girls illustrations (detail) © Anton Emdin 2012. All rights reserved.

 

* Changed to “Chicks”, as that is more ocker, and perhaps bonzer, too.

4 Responses to “How to Draw Naked Girls!”

  1. rainer says:

    i like the ‘how to draw’ model – just a bunch of ovals.

    i love reading about your thinking process- it’s very intelligent in thinking about all the presentation components.

    clever.

  2. bconradsen says:

    Thanks Anton :)

  3. Kane says:

    “A full ballbag that won’t wait”! Hahaha

  4. Thess says:

    Tip 5 is hilarious

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