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How to Draw : ONE shape to Draw ANY Body

teacher avatar Enrique Plazola, Learn to Draw the Easy Way

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6 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. How to Draw: ONE shape for any Pose

    • 2. NEVER do this!

    • 3. Bent Torsos

    • 4. Important Overlapping

    • 5. Demonstration

    • 6. You are Awesome!

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If you are a beginner, this is for you. Draw any torso in any position with ONE shape. I simplify the torso , so anyone can draw it. You only need ONE shape to draw any torso for the body. I go over that shape in detail. Here is what is in the course.

- What NOT to do

- Drawing Bent Torso

- Overlapping (Most Important)

- Demonstration

-Final Thoughts

This is a SHORT course, so let's get started!

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Enrique Plazola

Learn to Draw the Easy Way


I help beginner artists learn to draw as fast as they can. So you can draw that family portrait, or draw any character from your mind. 

I've worked as a fine artist, professional illustrator for book covers, worked at a movie studio as a stereo artist, as a caricature artist at theme parks, and more. I've been in literally hundreds of art shows. 

I've been teaching art for 6 years and I love it. I started to draw at 19. I felt it was a late age. It took me 2 years of training in drawing to start working and making a living from art. I want to teach YOU!




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1. How to Draw: ONE shape for any Pose: Hey guys, what's up? How's it going? Today? We're going to go over how to draw any torso using one shape, okay, this one shape, you can draw any torso you want in any position. And I'm going to show you that. So this is for beginners by the way, so don't worry about it. If you're not sure, if you've hardly drawn anything, you should be able to understand these concepts. It's very easy. So let me go over the videos and I'm gonna put out the lesson. So the first one, I'm going to go over what not to do, okay? There's certain things that people teach them beginning art that I think you should not do. Then I'm going to actually give you the shape that I'm talking about. That's the first 1, first lesson, next lesson. After that, I'm going to go over what to do when it bends, you know, and what positions they bend. And I'm going to go over how to draw figures like that, little demonstrations for that. Then I'm going to go over overlapping. Overlapping is, I've gone over this in a couple of videos, but I'm gonna go over it a little bit different way using this shape. Overlapping is something that if you understand this concept, you will go from beginner to intermediate. You know, if you learn this concept and use it, you will go from beginner to intermediate almost overnight. If you, if you can apply it. And I'm going to talk about overlapping, it is so unbelievably important in this shape. So that is pretty much it. The last one I'm going to do just a regular demonstration of the stuff I was talking about. Like I'm permitted demoing the whole thing, but I'm going to do another one and I'll just kinda demonstrate more of what I'm talking about. And then for the final video, I'm going to give you my parting words. And that is it. Okay. This is relatively fast, but it is incredibly important, I think. Thank you so much. Let's get started right now. 2. NEVER do this!: All right, So let's get into it. I'm going to show you that you can use one shape to do pretty much any torso in any position. So what you don't want to do is you don't want to do, you know, the beanbag thing. Like they kind of popularize. The beanbag shape, does this. And the beam folds over. Don't do that. Okay, That's the wrong thing to do. What you should be doing is you should be doing kinda squeezed. So for example, like essentially this shape right here, right? This is the waste. And you can take the shape and put it in any format. I'm going to show you that right now. So let's say over here. Let's put three of these are for, these is going to be that squeeze, that squeeze at center squeeze. All right. Just that squeeze. And so she can do whatever you want on that. So right from here, you could essentially do the back area right here. And this is the waste and you have the head looking away. Right? You have the arms over here. I mean, I'm not going to really talk about the arms yet. I will talk about that later. And so you have someone's back right here Friday, you just add on those legs, whatever you want. And then let's go over here. The next one you can draw the front. It kind of gives you a better placement for it. That's kinda the big thing you can actually do live ignore my little doodle the arms, but, um, just to kind of put them there, I'll show you that in a second. But you have the front here and you have the head up here as well. Maybe the heads leaning forward here. I'm doing this all on marker, but obviously you would do this in pencil. It heads leaning down and the arms sticking out the side. And you have the legs kind of going away from us for whatever reason. I don't know what he's doing there like an airplane saying, but essentially, this is much better, this shape right here. The reason for that is because you don't really have to, I don't know, with a bean It's kind of this ambiguous, strange shape right there. And what we wanna do is one thing, but structure, because we all kind of have it like the shoulder right here and here. And then you have like kind of a hip bones right here, right here. So really just getting that squeezing shape right here, that's squeezed in the center here for the waste. And you can pretty much do any position. I will show you more about that in the next. But I just wanted to get this across to you. Do not use this beanbag shaped as being shaped. It's just too ambiguous because when you do the bean shape, let me show you why we do the bean shape, right? That's two different. You'd have to kind of essentially structure it out anyway, right? With a bone structure that we have with our collarbone, you have the kind of structure that stuff out. And I think for new people, it's just, this is a shortcut to that. Like boom, boom, boom. You already have the structure already made. Okay, So let's move on to the next lesson and I'm going to talk a little bit about kind of turning. 3. Bent Torsos: Okay, so let's take our shape again and, and bend that around. So we've got our shape here. Let's kind of bend it to kinda go over a little bit more. And let's go over here, make another one kind of a different way. And let's do another one. Let's do it over here. So it'll stay on camera. Essentially, pretty close to that one over there or do something different with it. So like I said, you can pretty much do any form. Let's just see for this one we want a cool. Let's say someone's head is going forward here. I'm going to draw a circle like so. And we are going to essentially have like starting with a stick figure back here. Right here is pulling the arms normally because the arms are basically tubes. And as soon as you have them hunching over right here. And this is the waist down. You know, you have that kind of you can pretty much as make maybe like he's hunched over ready to attack. I'm just drawing these kind of stick figures sessions to kind of have them here. Obviously these things will turn into tubes, right? And then you just add on more and more detail to that. I'm doing this in marker against the kind of show you what's going on, excuse my muse and a marker. And I'm just going to put into there and so on. And you can add the neck over here, et cetera. But that's like leaning forward, He's hunched over, He's not bent at that area. That's squeeze again. Remember the squeeze, call it the squeeze. Okay, The squeeze. All right, let's go over here. Let's say this one will have an even like a turning motion here. So we're looking at it's back. You kinda put the top part as well. And any Find the bottom portion as well too. So he's like arching of the back here. That kinda similar to the other one on the other example. Right? And it's head is on the other side. And let's just say he has his arm right here, forward here. Right? And then this arms come back almost like a Captain America style pose. But I'm just trying to show you kind of the versatility of this. Even wanted the sheep when you bend it, you can just do anything you want with it. And I just want to kind of get that across to you with these small examples. Here. Really, really simplistic. I hope you're liking this by the way, there's a really, really simple idea. I see there's a lot more in animation, but I don't know why people keep doing that bean shaped thing. I don't understand it. Over here. What's blocking? Anyways, let's go over here, that last one and let's just say he threw, this would be maybe more of an arching back as well. You can do literally any pose. Let's do the pectoralis here. And what are we going to do here? And he's going, and he's like, is head is kind of looking forward here, he's gone now. What have I done? I work at Burger King. What? I mean, no shame if you work at Burger King, It's awesome. Dude, like the burgers. And then maybe his leg is over here and he's on his knees because I don't know or maybe he's partner just just just passed away or something like that, you know, like in a movie. I don't know why I drew is fetal weird like that. But, you know, it's, I know, obviously I'm like doing these goofy, these goofy interpretations. But I do think that again, you can do anything you want with this shape. And I want to really emphasize to you how good this torso shape is and how you can bend it around. Okay, next, what I'm gonna do after this, I'm going to go into perspective. We have somebody coming at you and how to kinda use this shape with that as well. Okay, so always, always use that shape, call it via the squeeze. This squeeze, I don't want to call the shape really. It just looks like a, like an Angular thing, but always this area is really important. That area is really important. It's more structured out than any bean and whatever and the whole thing is okay. So, thank you so much. If you have a name for this shape, please comment below, what would you call it? Let's move on to perspective and how I use it in perspective, okay. 4. Important Overlapping: Okay, Let's talk about two things in this video. One, I'm going to talk about how you use that shape and perspective. But first I'm going to go over with you the concept of overlapping. Ok, overlapping is a very simple concept and I think you're gonna get it very quickly. But most beginners don't know this. I mean, they don't really know what concept as much. So let's just give you an example. Okay? Let's draw a circle right there. And let's draw a triangle. Alright? So which one of those is closer to us? Okay? There's no way to know that. Okay. I know you're probably saying the answer right now. Don't do that because there's no way to now, we haven't done that yet. So the only way to do that is to have them get closer to, okay, so let me give you another example. Okay, let's do another circle here. And let's just set a triangle is like, I don't know, like way bigger. Now which one is bigger? Okay. Oh, I'm sorry. Now which one is closer to us? Okay. Stop. There's no way to tell which one is closer to us. There's literally no way because if this is a drawing, this could just be bigger. You know, that there's no way to tell which one's closer. The only way to tell which one is closer is if they start coming together. And what if this happens, right? We go over here, Go or yeah. Then, you know, the circle is closer to us. Right. As opposed to what if this happened? Oh, snap. Okay. What if they get closer together and all of a sudden this occurs, right? That's overlapping as far as the drawing goes, we know that the triangles closer to us and this one, and we know the circle is closer to us in that one. So why is this useful, everybody? Why? They just teach you some nonsense? No. No, I did not. So what I did was basically teaching the concept of overlapping. And so that's useful. So for example, when you have a hand or something like reaching out at you, you have like the arm in general, we, you know, we tend to see it as a tube, right? We tend to see it as like a tube shape. Let's just say that's like the shoulder here and then the elbow. And then right here, we have we're going to represent the run from the elbow down to the wrist in also tube shape. There's no way to show which one of those is closer to us. Right? What if it's coming at you? Okay. So like let me step back a second so there's no way to tell. There's a hand over here. Well, a lot. So let's draw this actual arm. Okay. Got the elbow over here. And we have the wrist. And we have the arm over here, that's a bicep and it goes up. Okay. So there's a little bit of overlapping right here. Right there, It's a little tiny overlapping line. So let me show you an extreme. Let's just say you're looking down the arm. If you're looking down the arm like lessee or both somebody you see the shoulder. You're going to look down on their arm. Okay. That kind of muscly. I'm working out. And they got their elbow and forearm pulling up on here. You don't have to know anatomy, don't worry about it. This is just for the heck of it. Line over here. Line over here. Sorry for my muscles. For my muscles, sorry. And then the hand goes off over there. That's not really important. But let's just say that's, that's the arm, right? We're looking down the arm. These right here. This is overlapping. This muscle. So like this simple shape right here is overlapping. This simple shape just a tiny bit like slightly. Slightly. Okay. Let me let me explain a little further. If you're lost. Let me explain further. Let's just say we're looking up the arm now, this same arm. Okay. We're looking down the arm, right. That means the shoulder is closer to us event the bicep because we're looking down, right? We're looking from this point of view. Let's just say we're looking up, right? Let's say we're looking up the same arm. What would that arm look like? Okay. So we got up the wrist the elbow over here, pulling up. See how would this order That's the bicep. And we've got the shoulder muscles here. So we're looking up this time. Same arm, same size, everything. But on this one, we are overlapping a little bit. We're showing that this forearm is closer to us than this elbow. And so this line right here slightly overlaps where it compared to this one over here. The elbow overlaps on that side. So we keep going up the arm and this part of the arm, the forearm, right the bottom of the arm. It overlaps this bicep area. So we put a line over here showing that that's closer to us. We go over here to the bicep that is closer to us than the upper arm bicep is obviously, yeah. Right. Knows what bicep is, right? That's going to see on this line right here. Because it's showing this line curve like that shows us that this shape is closer to us than this shape over here, the shoulder, and it's the reverse on this side. Do you see how this is a reverse? This just this curved line. This overlapping shows us that this shoulder top of the shoulders closer to us than this one. Then the bicep here. Please tell me if that makes sense in the comments. Please tell me if there's any questions I can edit the video or something, please let me know. This is a very, very important concept. They do this throughout comics. If you learn this concept, if you've never, if you've never known this concept and you're just learning it now, you are entering like the intermediate zone right now. Just even knowing this, like, like knowing this concept because then you're gonna start looking at stuff now. And if you'd let say your drawings are flat, they will not be as flat anymore. The more you apply this kind of thinking, you apply it with everything to a hands reaching out, stuff like that. So let's apply it to our Danny torso shape, right? So our shape was like this. I don't know what you call it. Squeezes, you know, actually, I think there's a little tie right here. Probably be more like there. Anyways. That's not important. I don't like that. All right, let's go over here. Here, here, here, here. Bam. That's better. Okay, so let's just take that. And what if that was angled at us at a perspective point, right? There is going to be overlapping there as well. So for example, it's going to squish a little bit. Let's see. You see. I don't know why I got that many attorneys. I don't need that. So let's just do that. See how the torso kinda coming at us in this one. So for example, this is like a, imagine two blocks of ice or something. Right? Let's say you have like, imagine that thing turned like a salt shaker. Something boom, turned. And now we're looking right at the top of that shape right here. We're looking right at the top of the shoulders. Obviously no head, nothing. Right. Same thing over here. We're looking at it the exact same way. I mean, we're approximating shapes rate. You don't like a lot of this stuff usually is like quickly it's using the first few seconds you like, okay, cool. It's approximation. That's, that's the torso. And then this is the upper torso, right? That's the pelvis, That's the torso or reverse, right? You can interchange them. Same thing here. You know, it approximate it whatever shape that you want to do it. But remember, this shape right here is 3D. So, so for example, let's say I'm only turning it slightly. Let's make that shape 3 D over here. Bam. Love me. Know if this is making sense in the comments, really let me know. I'm very, very, i'll, I'll edit something else in there. So it's this shape right here. Turning that way is it looks like this. And that's kinda how approximating it with these two. So what can you do with these two shapes? Lots, you can get the head over here, right? Obviously means that a marker, so it likes lines are going to run into each other. You know, let's just, you know, overlapping or member overlapping. This is closer to us than this now. And this is closers and this, these overlapping lines here. You can use a shape to do that exact same thing. And then you can go over here with the legs back there. And then the same thing goes all the way down to the Beatty feet. Well, that baby feet, but they're gonna be they're gonna be far away, right? So sorry for my shoddy feet here. And then his arms will be like over here somewhere. Oh no. Anyways, but you get my point, right. Forget that. Forget the arms are now. Forget everything. Okay. We're just talking about the torso right now. But like I said, the art basically, the appendages are easy. If you get the torso right, they really are because the arms are just tubes. Again, that's already been pointed out to you guys. You've seen that in every drawing book, the arms are just straight up tubes. All they are like two tubes stuck to each other. Okay. These concept this concept, Sorry, I'm like I'm talking into the language now. This concept is immensely, immensely useful. And once you understand the overlapping on and this squeeze shape, the torso like, like all the, all the basically everything you know with the appendages is really easy. Okay. That stuff becomes so easy if you did that torso, right? So that's the biggest thing I want, I want you to learn from this lesson. So I want you to apply this to your drawings. Apply this shape, forget the bean, forget the bean shape, all that stuff. I want you to apply this shape to your drawings already. Okay? I'm really pushed that idea. So I hope this has been enlightening for you. Let me know what you think and I will totally talk to you in the next video. 5. Demonstration: Okay, so let's do a demonstration. We're going to use these torso shapes I'm talking about. So I may already kind of data right there, but I'm going to go over here in pencil first. And I'm going to kinda do a perspective one and a non perspective one. Here's a, again, I'm drawing out my cool squeezed shape here. Finding my head over here. And then I am drawing me just the straight up arms over here. And I don't know what pose he is doing, but yeah, maybe like a dance of some kind. Yeah, that's cool. All right. That's my framework. He probably can't even see that because I'm doing this and super incredibly light pencil night by remote over here. I'm doing this in pencil like that. And let's do just the V evenly stance. Let's see the back or say like great. Yeah, like so. Yeah, cool, I like that the head turning away and we're just going to go into, I'm going to freestyle for you. Okay. Freestyle. So I'm going to freestyle straight up in marker. Marker. Okay. So let's go on over here for this one. Well, let's go to this 1 first, right here. Let's draw, I want to prove to you I can draw anything in this shape using this shape right here. Let us go in here. Draw the torr. So I'm going to just simple, simple drawing here. Pectoralis here. Doesn't matter about the head over here. I'm not going to put a lot of character in that right now. So let's just Smiley face that thing. Yeah, Smiley face that clavicle. I don't want this to look weird, starting with weird right on abs on here. Pull in down right here, and then the arm shape, like I said, the arm she was going to matter. I'm just going to just draw some simple ganglia arms, Spaghetti arms. Ooh. Yeah, what do you do? I will draw the hand yet, and then I'm gonna go over here. Same thing. Just draw some slightly muscular arms because the arms aren't really in perspective here. Torso is. And draw some hands over here. Yeah, cool. Um, it's kinda like simplify the hands into one thing there. Okay, so like now I'm looking at this torso, which is what I was talking about before, right. I'm I'm looking at it and It's gonna go straight back here. Going back over here to the back, curved line, rear. I don't know why this person is dancing. Maybe to dance out his emotions. He's dancing away. His, his his mild I don't know. He's sad that he lost a checkers game or something and he's dancing. That is frustration because he was a checkers champion. Like the queen, the queen of gambit, except like the Queen's gamut, but with checkers going over here, drawing the legs, going back to that torso. See I cut that part out of there and then going up here into the leg. Look at this overlapping right here with a leg and run that concept to the overlapping but, you know, implying it here with a torso down here, down here. And you know, any who, just real simplistic to kinda show you what's going on. Where I'm pants over here. So yeah. Awesome. Line down here, out, line down here. Over here for the foot, these are just placeholders. But the important thing here is the torso. This is a goofy pose. I mean, it wouldn't be goofy if it wasn't. This character type with this character is so weird-looking that I just drew in there. But it all came from that shape from the squeezed box. I don't know, we'd call it sweet box as other thing. Is that like a different phrase, like for like my pen or something? Okay, that's the perspective pose. A very simple, obviously you would do it much prettier and you would draw like a fairy or something actually, let's make him a ferry. Ready. Cool, I love that. Love that. I love it. So anyway, the point is, you see my point, right? You're going over here and you're starting up the torso with a very solid shape, right? And what is that shape is not going to have bean because the structure is already laid out for me, especially in the shoulders. See how easy that structure was with that shape. It just so much better. And so let's go over here. Okay, let's go over here. This person, circle heads, same thing. Even happier. Hopefully excitement. Okay, so I'm going to move ahead down, shoulders down just a bit from what I put there. But it's still stands as a guide for me. You know, I'm just moving it down, but it's still going to stand as a guide. Shoulders over here. He is happy. He's genuinely happy. He got a raise at work. Okay. Right here, a line across here for the clavicle area. It's really just a straight line, to be honest. A dent in the middle right here as well. Muscular. I got to work out more because I don't know. It just reminds me that pull down, squeeze male or female doesn't matter down over here than over here. And that is kind of a bottom where the hips are. So right here I'm going to put like, I don't know, like a belt or something. I don't know why he's shirtless. That's kinda weird. But at why is he yeah, it's bizarre. Pulling down over here, the legs down of the legs here. Sea bottom of the pelvis area. Literally around the same area. Down over here. Then over here. Alright. Same, this was kinda flat. So this is going to be remarkably easy, right? We're just going to throw the arms out over here. And let's just say he's Captain Hook. I just don't feel like drawing that hand. He's Captain Hook. Okay. Any WHO but you understand what I'm talking about, right? That was a very easy shape to draw, even moving it down the way I did, I adjusted it. And I still see the structure that the whole point of that shape is to find the actual structure. And so, and that's kinda what that's gonna do is going to skyrocket your drawing. And it really will. So just to get serious about that, it really, really well. It'll Scott skyrocket your drawing. I think there's like a fist or maybe has like a bag in his hand. But anyhow, that's pretty much the whole thing. I hope that you learned something as well as you are mildly entertained with my cool, you know, shirtless whatever here. Hopefully you are entertained by that. Please do not use the bean know being anymore. Use the squeeze thing, whatever. This box form, squeeze at the middle or so that's the most important part is that squeeze. Okay? That is it. Thank you so much time for parting words and I will talk to you in the very next video. Watch next video because I'm gonna tell you what I want you to do as far as like your personal homework, okay. 6. You are Awesome!: Hey, thank you so much. I appreciate you being around this long. This is awesome. You have finished the lesson. I hope you got a lot out of it and I hope you apply this stuff. Because if you apply it, you really, really going to understand much more about art than you ever thought, especially about drawing figures. So what I want you to do for like let's say quote unquote homework. I did talk about it a little bit ago. I want you to apply literally what you learn in this lesson. Apply it, maybe draw like two to three figures. Maybe two figures will be enough. I would say two and post it so that I can comment on it and I will comment on every single post. And just kinda give you some feedback. I hope this is the beginning, if not middle of your drawing journey. Because drawing is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. And I want you to be positive about it. Because if you're positive, it's really going to, you know, kind of fuel your passion to do this. So thank you so much. I will see you another time hopefully soon.