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BONUS LESSON: Leg Drawing Formulas

BONUS LESSON: Leg Drawing Formulas
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Hi and welcome to the cartoon leg drawing lesson.  

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Since writing the Level 1 lessons was going to be so time consuming I decided that I'd write some part of the lessons every week and I'd release them to everyone who subscribed to receive these emails.  That way you get the lessons as soon as I write them ahead of everyone else.  

This time around we're focusing on cartoon legs. So far we've covered:
Okay, now this week's info:

Leg Drawing Formulas

Now I'll breakdown a very simple formula for drawing legs.  It's essentially the same formula for drawing arms. Just like with arms it's a straight or slightly tapered tube:

Just like with arms, when the legs bend you break up the tube into two slightly tapered tube connected at the bending point.

Again, just like with arms, in order to make sure the legs have an organic feel, it's a good rule of thumb to give the tube a very subtle curve of some sort.  Either an slight “C” curve or “S” curve.

Once you have this foundation, you can start adding solidity.

The next step in an out stretched leg is to draw a shape to indicate where the kneed is located.  I tend to draw an oval.  I draw it, roughly, about half way between the top of the leg and where the heel of the foot meets the ground.  I'm usually not really precise about this. I tend to "eyeball" it.  In very cartoony characters this can be modified to any proportion that suits your leg design.

Second, turn the two graphic lines into a cylinder by adding directional lines.  These lines show you the direction of the perspective of the leg you’re drawing.  BE CONSISTENT.  If you’re indicating that the direction of the leg is going in one direction, it’s impossible for you to see another part of the same leg going in the opposite direction, without it turning:

Once you have this foundation the rest comes down to your knowledge of human anatomy.

I won't go into the anatomy here. You can study that on your own for now, but I can give you a few tips.

As with arms, avoid symmetrical leg muscles. They tend to look very inorganic when they’re symmetrical. Instead, interlock the asymmetrical muscles as we did with the arms. In other words: Stagger the bumps:

And of course, you can't go wrong with designing Simple vs. Complex muscle groups:

Next week, we'll take a look at how this formula works in different styles…

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