View Full Version : Torsos - Post Your Torso Studies - 2D / 3D TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL

07-12-2005, 10:50 PM

This thread is dedicated to the study of TORSOS in 2D / 3D TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA.

Please post your best TORSO STUDIES here!

Please post:

1. Your BEST WORK!
2. Medium used
3. Time spent to complete
4. A bit about your process

Thanks in advance for your posts! :)


07-13-2005, 10:37 PM
coloerd Pencil, .9mm hb pencil, standard printer paper...

10-15 minutes for torso study. (sketch removed for renovations...will be back up tommorrow).


will post the side and back view as I scan them.

07-13-2005, 11:36 PM

This drawing is quite nice, however, I immediately notice that the figure needs WAY more shoulder mass, and a bit more space above the pecs ~ as it stands, his chest is too close to his neck, practically in his throat :) ~ so that part needs a bit of tweaking.

The linework, however, is very nice ~ good work!

Glad to see your post! :)


07-14-2005, 01:18 AM
will post revised sketch tomorrow morning. Thanks for the great crits rebecca!! as allways you are the best.

07-14-2005, 03:02 PM
A couple of figure studies done from life.
The drawing in both is a bit flawed, but I tend to avoid going back to correct any problems....especially when it's just a study.
Rational: I learn more from my mistakes hanging around on the walls.

Grey pastels (Prismacolor seels a full set of greys - warm and cool - highly recommended)

Charcoal - soft compressed and/or vine

Pastel (sepia....better than erasing)

Canson paper


@ 45 minutes

Thanks for looking!!
ps. I wish I could figure out how to post "in line" images, instead of attachments. Does anyone have any advice?

07-14-2005, 03:26 PM

I use (, it's free to set up a basic account, where you can upload images, then copy and paste the URL into the little mountain / sun icon pop-up in this POST REPLY editor.

Let me know if you have any questions :)


07-14-2005, 03:36 PM

Thanks a bunch rebeccak....I'll try it on the next post :#)


07-25-2005, 12:10 AM
so here are my "best" torsos, I drew only these (first tries) therefore these are my "best".

reference images are from the book Anatomy for the Artist
medium: pencil (B)
image completition time ... well, the first image say 2 days, the second image several hours
process: hmmm ... nothing special ... a lot of redoing and checking proportions (first image) so the image was changing a lot till I was satisfied

these are much more bigger (first image A4) in real on the paper (and they look better on the paper)

I hope I will have opportunity to draw some images from life soon because itīs better than drawing from photo but for now I think drawing from photos is better than not drawing anything.

comments welcome
thanks for viewing


- excuse my english -

07-26-2005, 05:22 AM
Hey Rebecca I was wondering if you could have a looke at this (It has a torso in it i guess) but ive been having some issues with memorizing anatomy and working without a reference, do you have any suggestions? Thanks Much
-Dave (

07-26-2005, 08:26 PM

Thank you for posting your work! Here is my review of your drawing: :)

I think that the main thing to emphasize here is that you need to do a GESTURAL DRAWING FIRST. Then it's best to add generic mass to the torso and limbs by creating basic shapes with spheres, cylinders, and boxes. ONLY AFTER you have established the BASICS should you begin to be concerned with Anatomy.

Let me ask, how often do you draw from life? You ought to do so as much as possible, or, if that is not possible, do copies from Old Master drawings, or copy Reference from books or from the Web of nude models, both male and female. CLOTHES are ALWAYS secondary to a knowledge of human form. Clothes will never look correct if the underlying structure of the body is inaccurate.

I would also encourage you to participate in Lesson 003: Shading and Skulls ~ see the link in my Signature. You may post work through August 5th, so there is plenty of time! :) There are absolutely no shortcuts to learning human anatomy, and one must go through the proper steps in order to achieve a final figurative work.

Thank you for your post, and I look forward to seeing more of you and your work on the forum! :)


07-27-2005, 03:15 AM
Wow thanks so much Rebecca your amazing. Im going to redraw this one and post it in your 003 section. I look forward to hear more of your critiques! you rule :buttrock:

07-27-2005, 03:34 AM

You're totally welcome, thank you!! I look forward to seeing your work! :)


07-29-2005, 04:46 AM
I did another pencil sketch of this character and I got kinda confused about your section on opposing curves. I just cant seem to understand it. Well anyway any comments are more than appreciated. (

07-29-2005, 02:25 PM

Wow, I think this shows a lot of improvement!!! I think the face and the legs look MUCH better, and I can see you really made a great effort to improve your piece, so you are to be congratulated. :)

There are still some problems, but I probably won't be able to give this a thorough review until I get back from SIGGRAPH on August 5th, but in the meantime, I hope you continue to refine your drawing, and participate in some of the other threads going on, like the Figure Drawing Workshop (see Sticky at top of Page 1) etc.

Thanks for posting your update! With reference to Opposing Curves, I would just suggest going through the initial tutorial again, and looking at the work which people submitted.
These are not easy concepts, and can take weeks, months, or years to REALLY learn. So don't fret if these things don't make sense right away. The key is to KEEP DRAWING, there is nothing which I nor anyone else can TELL you to make you better ~ you just have to draw a lot in order for these concepts to begin to make sense. Trust me, it's taken me YEARS to learn how to draw, and I still don't feel like I'm "there", nor will I probably ever feel that way.

Keep going, and keep posting your work! :)


07-29-2005, 06:48 PM

This is my first post, regarding traditional medium.. I have be a 3d environment artist for nearly 10 years now, and about three months ago my wife (a great figure artist, and 3d environment artist herself) convinced me to do some figure drawing.. It just happens that my work runs figure drawing exercises every week, so I get the oportunity to draw for 3 hours most weeks.

I have started working on shading a lot more, and would love any advice anyone can give - whether it is about proportion, line work, shading etc.

The attached drawing took 6 hours, and is a charcol pencil on newsprint (i know newsprint isnt the best to draw on!). I drew the figure as a rough gesture, then started roughing in the outlines by using measurement lines (holding up your pencil, and drawing light lines across the paper, to make sure key features are in the correct place). Once the gesture and outline was done, I started working on the shading..

I have been learning from a bunch of artists here - some of which are extremely good at shading - and noticing the differences between cast and form shadow, and bounce light... My main focus of my work of late, has been trying to accurately represent these different shadow and light types.

07-29-2005, 10:04 PM

Happy to see you here! Your drawing is really nice, I really like the sensitivity in the shading and the attention paid to details. I think the best part of your drawing is the head and the area around her breast and the upper part of her stomach. I think her head has something of a Picasso-eque feel, which may have been uninintentional, and doesn't match the style of the rest of the drawing, but which I also happen to like. How lucky you are to work in a place where you get to figure draw every week! :) I would love to see your wife's work as well, and if she is willing to post her work, that would be fantastic! :)

Great post, and I hope to see more of your guys' work! :)


07-29-2005, 11:16 PM
Hi Rebecca

Thanks for the reply! I will convince my wife to post some of her work! She studied under Vilppu, and just has awesome linework and weight.

The head and her left hand are actually unfinished :D They were just litterally roughed in, but I never got round to finishing them up.

07-30-2005, 12:50 AM

Awesome!!! I wish I had had Vilppu...maybe I'll get some dvds. :)


07-30-2005, 05:53 PM
just an old work

simple black pen ( bic ballpoint pen), time = +/-1h

07-30-2005, 07:29 PM
Wow! That's a beautiful sketch Memling. Ball point pen?
I'd love to see more of your work :#)

07-30-2005, 07:52 PM
I agree with Ray. Itīs really nice sketch Memling. Is this from life or photo?

07-31-2005, 07:52 AM

Raymi :
ball point pen is a very interesting tool with original effects
(we can obtain some photographic effects)
but its utilisation needs practice :

(1) the ball point of the pen should be used (corrupted) a little bit before drawing
for a slighter ink contact with paper
(for more details)
(2) the pen sould be maintained in +/- 45° (not vertically)
between 20° and 45° for better effects
and nuances
(3) the lines should have the same direction/orientation (diagonally) for a better contrast

yes, it's a (old) study from life

I will post other drawings later

07-31-2005, 10:51 AM
about ballpoint pen,
see my new post :

08-02-2005, 07:30 AM
Though its not dynamic in form, i tried to create a new kind of anatomy for the body and tried to distinct it trough shading

08-02-2005, 10:43 AM
This is drawn using an office pen during lunchbreak today, in a half hour or so:

08-02-2005, 01:51 PM
just a study
from Michel-Angelo 's work (torso)

08-06-2005, 07:19 AM
toshop trip :)

08-08-2005, 04:06 PM

Beautiful work!!! It's fabulous to see this work posted here! :) Can't wait to see more of your lovely drawings! :)


Great work as well!!! It's so cool to see the variety of work that people do! Keep on posting! :)


Wow, only 1/2 hour? Great stuff!!! Thanks for posting this! You'll be excited to know that soon there will be a new "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" thread in which we will have photographs of models from which to draw. Many thanks to my friend Hong Ly for providing us with these excellent photographs which he has taken of professional models! :)


Another gorgeous drawing! :)


Cool drawing! I would say to exaggerate MORE if you are really going to exaggerate things. Thanks for posting this, I hope to see more work from you! :)


08-08-2005, 06:58 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Rebecca. :)

08-09-2005, 08:52 AM
Hi Rebecca.
Thanks for comments.

08-18-2005, 07:07 PM
Nobody else seems to be posting 3D torsos, so I hope I'm not misunderstanding the point of this thread.

Anyways, this is my Ultimate Fighter character from the WIP:3D Stills section, I just wanted to post some close-ups of his torso for c&c.

He's modelled in Maya 6.0 from basic polygon shapes. The torso is made from two cylinders and two spheres (for his chest muscles). This is about two months of modeling work just pushing and pulling points and using the MJPolyTools plug-in for Maya (which is absolutely indispensible IMO for poly modeling).

Here's the low-res cage, this is the mode that I work in:

The wireframe with one level of poly smooth:

And the render with raytraced shadows:

08-18-2005, 07:09 PM
Back views:

Low-res cage:

1 level of poly smooth:

The render:

He's intended to be about 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 300 pounds of muscle, so please keep that in mind when critiquing his proportions. :)

08-18-2005, 07:10 PM

Schweeet! Thanks for posting this! :thumbsup:

You're also free to post here: 3D DIGITAL ARTISTS ( ~ either place works for me :)

Good to see your work! :)


08-18-2005, 07:18 PM

Schweeet! Thanks for posting this! :thumbsup:

You're also free to post here: 3D DIGITAL ARTISTS ( ~ either place works for me :)

Good to see your work! :)


Thanks! I had originally planned to post these images in the 3D Digital Artists thread; but since the opening post called for "Amazing 3D Artists" I thought that would be a little presumptuous of me considering that this is my first attempt at a 3D human body.

I'll come up with some new renders to post over there. Thanks.

08-18-2005, 08:10 PM
Here are some Torso studies from yesterday ... I am just started to study all
these Anatomy Stuff in Deep, try to draw 3h a Day min. ... works well for now :D

Its a long way ... here is something from the start :)

09-19-2005, 08:50 PM
here is my older work (summer 2004 I guess) ... everyone knows who he is, huh :)
Nothing special. I want to do more drawings of gollum in future, because I think heīs really good character to capture, especially the face and face expressions ... I look forward to moment when I will have skills to sculpt him from clay :) but this wonīt be soon ...

pencil B
time: I donīt remember, many hours -> too slowly
this image is larger in real and looks better, I have a cheap scanner :)

thanks for looking

09-19-2005, 09:05 PM

I rather like this drawing of Gollum, as I think you've really captured a bit of his 'life' and certainly his emotional state very well! It has almost the quality of a print ~ do you like / are you interested in printmaking at all? I can imagine that you might do very well with inks and the like, or a simulation of such digitally. It may be something worth looking into. :)

I particularly like the linework around his inner right arm ~ this is quite a beautiful, confident line and quite economically descriptive. This is something of the holy grail in Drawing ~ how to describe something with economy, grace, and power...I think this line is evidence of that kind of drawing ability.

I'd love to see more of your work ~ please post some when you get the chance! :)

Cheers! :)


09-19-2005, 10:11 PM
Thank you, Rebecca!
I really appreciate your comments ... itīs great for me to have such feedback from such amazing artist as you are.
wow - I didnīt know that about the linework around his inner right arm ... thanks ... your comment was also very informative, now I know how to try to draw linework

I have never done any printmaking yet, but I am interested now - sounds interesting, I donīt know about this technique at all. I will have to ask my teacher at drawing course and I could try it after I finish my first oil painting (landscape).
I would also be extremely thankful if you would give me some description of what exactly is this technique about, where to start, what to use ... only small description - not tutorial ... but only in case you have time for it. I think it would be helpful for others too. Thank you in advance.

>> I'd love to see more of your work ~ please post some when you get the chance! :) <<
Thanks, you bet :). These forums are great, Iīm really glad to have you here :) When Iīll do any print and it will be good, I will post it ...

have a nice day

-excuse my english -

09-19-2005, 10:16 PM

Thanks so much, your comments are really kind! :) I'm happy to be of any help that I can. :)

With respect to printmaking, it is a rather old, involved craft which involves specialized training and equipment ~ I have taken a few classes, but I no longer have access to the rather large, messy, industrial equipment which it requires. But I will be happy to later try to find some really good examples of printmaking work which can inspire.

One artist who is a great printmaker is the artist Kathe Kollwitz. You can just google her name to find some really great images. Her art falls under the categorization of German Expressionist.

Thanks for your interest in my work! :) You can see my portfolio on my website: ( Hope you will enjoy it! :)

Great to see your work! And your English is perfect. ;)

Cheers, :)


09-22-2005, 03:59 AM
Study in Photoshop CS + Intuos3 Tablet, 30-40 Min.

09-22-2005, 08:37 AM
Shaym, that guy is very very sexy! Nice drawing, very cool pose!

09-22-2005, 08:40 AM
Thanx Fooxoo...nice to see u here :)

09-22-2005, 05:32 PM
to Rebecca:

>> Thanks for your interest in my work! :) You can see my portfolio on my website: ( Hope you will enjoy it! :) <<

Wow, your portfolio is really amazing. It inspires me. You have really high-end drawing skills (thatīs no wonder you moderate this subforum). I wonder what pencil did you use.
I also like your abstract (if I can say abstract) pictures you did in 3D. These are very nice.

I would like to know if you do also sculpting. I think with your talent and skills, knowledge of anatomy ... hmmmm I can imagine what would you create with a piece of clay :)

Thanks for inspiration.

cheers :)

09-22-2005, 05:40 PM

I just discovered your drawing here, and it is really beautiful! Thank you for posting it, it is great to see more of your work! :thumbsup:


Thanks so much for your comments, they are greatly appreciated! :) As to your question about pencils, I typically use a 6B General's Charcoal pencil (they're orange coated and about 90 cents each at any art store) ~ I have a picture here which was part of the Lesson 003 Opposing Curves tutorial: (

I usually sharpen the pencils with a sharp exacto knife, and then sand the sides to get a sharp point. You usually need a bunch of these pencils as they can break while sharpening.

I would love to do sculpture one day...both real and in Z~Brush. I've played with Z~Brush a bit, but not too seriously. It is oodles of fun, though. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

Cheers, :)


09-23-2005, 03:38 AM
Rebeccak :: :bounce: THANX....will post MORE ! :)

09-23-2005, 03:40 AM

You're welcome! Looking forward to it. ;)

Cheers, :)


09-26-2005, 04:32 AM

30 Min. Study in PS..Ref. used.

09-26-2005, 04:38 AM

Beautiful work! :applause: Great breakdown in terms of structure...lovin' your work! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


09-28-2005, 10:12 AM
shyamshriram: nice drawing~!

in openCanvas 3:

09-28-2005, 11:36 PM
Wow zhuzhu.

10-03-2005, 01:58 AM
keep it up~~~!

10-05-2005, 10:07 AM
ahh~i wanna participate this as well~hmm..hopefully i could post some tomorrow :)
very welldone zhu zhu,ur figurative drawings are all inspiring~

10-06-2005, 01:58 AM
great stuff zhuzhu and shyam~:thumbsup::thumbsup:very good
okie,here's mine,did this last nite~been loitering around here and it makes me hot~gotta do something and here it goes:scream:a 15 minutes sketch,rendered in ps

10-07-2005, 03:17 AM

Hey, good to see you here! I like this study with the exception of the head ~ it needs to be much larger in order to be proportional to the body. I like your linear lay~in approach ~ that's quite nice! Hope to see more of your work around here. :)



10-07-2005, 03:26 AM
Shyam, great work! I really like your sketch.:scream:

10-07-2005, 03:41 AM
thanks rebecca~i'll keep improving~:)more to come later

10-07-2005, 03:47 AM
Nice work sh@ke! Post more.

10-07-2005, 08:27 AM
thanks pushav:)glad u like my stuff~here's more,did this last nite

10-11-2005, 05:48 AM
Nice progression here, sh@ke! I think you are elongating the torsos a bit too much ~ is this intentional? I like however the sense of motion you capture in your pieces. Have you done much in the way of traditional oil painting?

Cheers, :)


10-11-2005, 04:11 PM
well, this is just a lineart... an overall study. i wasnt very sure with it, thats why its not even shaded. Ive drawn it with the tablet i have borrowed, and it took me round an hour maybe?

10-12-2005, 02:32 AM
hie rebecca~thank u very much for the comments~yeah~its intentional that i made it that way,is there away where i can do it more proportionately?it'll be great ifu could guide through:)i've gone through some of the traditional media like designer guache as well as arcrylic(on gesso) but havent really have a touch in oils~thanks again and i'll post more in times to come

10-12-2005, 04:46 AM

If you like oils, you should take a look at the painting Sheff just posted on the Life Painting thread here. (

Have you ever done Master Copies? These are great to do to learn should definitely check out the Master Copies thread. (

There's a lot of great stuff there, and I can't think of a better way to practice drawing! :)



10-12-2005, 11:24 AM
i gave the shading a shot, took me round an hour and a half. After messing up the higlight on the hair, ive decided to do the whole lighting with two light sources... i know it was not the best idea and that firstly i need to study easier stuff before moving on to the harder, but as i said i gave it a shot :D

10-13-2005, 01:54 PM
another experiment :D the structure of the muscles isnt very realistic, i only used my memory :)

10-14-2005, 05:37 PM
hmmm are the pics visible??????

10-14-2005, 05:38 PM
Nope ~ I meant to note that the other day....can you see them? I can't...

Cheers, :)


10-14-2005, 06:47 PM
fcking system... well then, could u take a look at them in my deviantart gallery plz? they are the 2 most recent pics

10-14-2005, 07:04 PM

The anatomy study is pretty nice! I might recommend filling the bkgrd with gray, as it will inform your values to a great degree. Then I would continue to adjust values until the form really reads almost as 3D. This is coming along quite well!

Cheers, :)


10-16-2005, 12:40 PM
A quick sketch / anatomy study from memory. Suggestions?

10-16-2005, 08:16 PM

I think the figure needs more in the way of a pelvis ~ his buttocks are a bit too high, he needs more of a waist. I think you have a good basis of the figure here. :) Have you ever studied the drawings of Burne Hogarth? I think you might like his books quite a lot. :)



10-16-2005, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look at those books as soon as I can. Sure I like them ;)

10-17-2005, 01:57 PM
Thx for the feedback, here is the reworked version. I guess it still doesnt look quite right though

10-18-2005, 02:41 AM
If you like oils, you should take a look at the painting Sheff just posted on the Life Painting thread here. (showthread.php?t=257532)

Have you ever done Master Copies? These are great to do to learn should definitely check out the Master Copies thread. (showthread.php?t=257446)

There's a lot of great stuff there, and I can't think of a better way to practice drawing! :)



thanks alot rebecca~thats a great thread,havent tried how to achieve oil approach in digital,might try that out some day~cheers:)

10-19-2005, 06:05 PM

Modeled in ZBrush and rendered in Maya.

10-20-2005, 10:46 AM

WOW, this is really incredible!!! The translucency of the skin is amazing...clearly you have a ton of skill. Great to see this work ~ hope you will be posting more! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


01-27-2006, 02:28 AM

medium: B, 8B pencil
time: many hours
reference: Anatomy for the artist (Sarah Simblet)

04-26-2006, 11:32 PM
Is this still going? Hopefully this is the right place to post this (only just discovered this forum and am now kicking myself).

My first Torso in Zbrush, 'bout half a days work.
Very crude base torso taken from Maya to Zbrush.

Would love to know where I've gone wrong.

04-26-2006, 11:37 PM
Hi PaulAdams,

Welcome aboard! :)

You are more than welcome to post here (all of these Sticky Topics remain open for posting indefinitely) but where you might really prefer to post is here:


Cheers, :)


04-27-2006, 12:01 AM
Doh! Will do, thanks.

06-21-2006, 12:24 PM
Well, This is my first digital painting sketch! Please, give me some comments! (Since this is my first and only sketch this is also my best, hehe)

01-17-2007, 03:57 PM
here's my contribution !!!

painted in photoshop 6 over about 8 hours in 3 sittings.
whilst painting this i really started to
notice how the human skin changes colour in light and shadow...

i stuck my reference on the side and copied the image by eye,
sometimes using guidlines for proportions...

i also like to use the Liquify tool a bit, to push things around, and back into shape if ive done some detail too soon...
this was great fun to paint , a real challenge !!!

i didnt want to spend too much time on it to get it perfect, i like to move on and keep practising !!

please crit...


01-17-2007, 04:10 PM
Hi Dan,

For some reason your image is not appearing in your post, at least I can't see it - would love to see you work, can you repost your image? Thanks! :)

02-04-2007, 11:17 PM
Nice thread and good studies guys. Thot i wud contribute a torso study i did some time back.

02-23-2007, 10:03 PM
I recently cleaned up my studio space a bit, and found a stack of sketchpads from an informal figure drawing group i used to be a part of. since relocating to a different city, i have fallen out of practice with regular figure drawing from life. this thread reminds me how much i miss it! :)

here's a torso, disregard the foot under the knee- i started early and the model shifted when i was still laying out the initial proportions, and i rarely erase.. :)

these are usually quick poses, so 10-15 minutes is the usual time spent. conté on paper, 20"x30"

i've assembled additional figure drawings on a gallery on my website (

i'm really interested in putting together another informal drawing group now.

thanks guys for the inspiration, some wonderful, wonderful work in this thread!

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