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Just as the title says, I can't draw guys for the life of me. And I'd like some advice and tips on how to them, or what you guys think the best way is :p

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It says "on how to them" I meant "on how to do them" 

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uuhm, tracking?  I can draw males but they arn't very good, here's my most recent one... 

(it was made for someone for there OC so...)

Can you show me a picture of one of your guys? I may be able to give a little advice but IDK.

 

EDIT: Okay I'm back with a few things. Most people don't want to mention this because it sounds SUPER weird but... look at guys with limited amounts of clothing (not nak.ed (duh) just without a shirt or wearing tight clothing). Yeah I know what you're thinking "how could she say that! She's such a perv!" No I am not, I have no desire to look at other peoples body exept for drawing purposes. But yes. If your female it'll be easier to draw females because you see how you are built everyday. Same goes for guys. It makes it ten times harder to draw them because you don't want to stare at people in real life nor over the interent. However, you kinda have to to be able to draw males better. (people on the internet to save, not IRL)

I watch a show called survivor, as they are only aloud to keep one pair of clothes sometimes (and by that I mean a lot of the time) for 30-some days, they take there shirt off. I normally watch how they look so that I can start potrying that in my drawings. Although the guy above is not the best idea of what I mean as I made his shoulders to femine.

One main thing to keep in mind is guys have a more triangle like shape for there body. while females have a more hourglass shape (or at least untill you move on to drawing people of different sizes) (I can draw a quick drawing to show you that if you want)

Now, for that one place that no one wants to talk about. I normally just avoid doing anything where the two legs meet as it always makes me feel weird. I've started just doing a small slightly curved line but sometimes it ends up being just a line. No one expects you to be able to draw there amazingly.

One of THE hardest things is getting their face to look male instead of female. I still to do not know how to always get a male-like face whenever I want it.

 

Well, hope this helps in some way.

 

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Yes, exactly XD I get weirded out by trying to look up males but I usually refrence when they're wearing outfits more. And the worse thing about doing male faces is that they have longer eyelashes naturally, so trying to do that without making it look feminine is hard

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Ahhh those are good tips! And I totally agree faces are a PAIN X.X it took me a while to even get female faces to look sorta not weird XD.

 

 

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Right?! Faces are evil, I just recently figured out front views but to me they still look weird.

I guess that's self criticism? idk :P

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Nah bro (yeash I never say that... it felt wrong let me try again) Nope! It's not just you, I never like how my face's end up. Also, their eyelashes are SO HAR.D! XD 

 

I normally try and find pictures with less clothes so that I have a better Idea of how to draw the base better. Also, with Marcus the main thing that looks female is the, ah, legs. 

 

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XD Yo bro, hey dude shizzle, whats the haps? 

YES LASHES ARE EITHER TOO LUSHIOUS OR NONEXISTANT!

 

Yea XD I hate doing the bottom half of the body so uh... I threw lady legs on him XD I'll try to do more male legs someday, but today is not that day :P

 

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Same, I suck at males and the only one I ever did was Marcus and he still was a little iffy XD

All I know is that they're more rectangular and box like than females who usually are smoother I guess? That's what my art teach said at least :P

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Marcus was so good though :o

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Kinda like toothless0603 said, we males generally tend to be more angular than females, with fewer flowing curves, and more visibly buff.  I think.  I've actually never taken the time to really observe male vs. female builds.  Beyond that, though, I won't be able to help, because I can't draw to save my life.

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Hold on we're gonna use Marcus for a moment for a example so I can try to help with the things I know :I

Dis is Marcus :P

 

So uh... I didn't do well with the bodily angular features, but then again I got lazy after doing the face. 

Hands are hard but we're not going to mess with that... for now unless people have better ways of doing that?

His face is a lot more angular and I tried to show that he had lashes and that's the only good part I think :0

His bottom half is wonky looking, so I suggest actually looking at jean refrences other than winging it like I did, and I cannot do full bodies, like with leggies and feets cause I hate those with a passion!

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Okay so I'mma give some tips.

 

If you're drawing young boys, they tend not look very different from young girls. So if yours is, say... Under 16? (Given the fact that not all change at the age of 13, as there are some late bloomers), you can sometimes mistake them for a girl. So when you're drawing a character at that age, don't worry so much of them xD

 

Now when it comes to older boys, there would be some distinct features (Depending on body types):

  • Prominent "adam's apple" on neck
  • Broader shoulders
  • Sharper/ more angular features
  • Straight waist
  • Angular jaw

Comparison of silhouettes:

 

An example of an angular jaw, in comparison to girls having a rounder jaw

(because disney gave mulan the magical powers to shape-shift her jaw XD)

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Ahh thank you for all of those tips! Thank you also for showing those silhouettes! :D

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 I'm not a professional illustrator by any means, but I'll help as much as I can! When drawing boyos, I tend to stick to the basics- broad shoulders, "upside down triangle" shaped chest, square hips. They tend to look "sturdier" than their female counterparts. Here's just a quick comparison of my males/females

 

 

I tend to make my girls softer & more "round" looking, where as I make my boys look very... strong. Lol

But don't forget that men come in all sorts of shapes & sizes, just like women do! It's all about body types. Here's one of my other characters, but he's much more androgynous!

 

 

He's still got a more angular jawline, but is much more slender.

I guess, you know, just keep "squareness" in mind for most men. Oh! Take STYLE into account! Do you want them to look more realistic or are you trying to do a more anime style? Stylistic choices can REALLY effect how your finished product turns out. I like realistic proportions, but anime men also make me weak, y'know? Haha! 

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XD Yeah... That was pretty helpful! The one thing I have to ask is, What about the females that have less round features? I was looking at the drawing of the guy with the petels and that jawline is literally what mine is. Although I see what you're getting at with it, guys faces are hard as they are so much like females (and vice-versa). Anyway, This is all really good advice and I'll probably start adding it to my males. :3

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There are absolutely females with sharper features! More angled jawlines, strong noses, broad shoulders, etc. Just like there are men with softer features. With my cherry petal boy I was going for an androgynous look, which means I tried to blend both femenine & masculine features together ^_^

 

The thing to remember is that while males & females have conventional/stereotypical bone structures, there's never an incorrect one. Y'know? Everyone looks different. We're not made with cookie cutters, haha! I think a fun exercise to do is to design your character how you feel comfortable with them looking & then assigning a gender {or none, if you prefer!} afterwards. Don't feel confined by physical conventionalities. They're nice to have, but consider them as a "guideline" more than anything else. Use them as a base & then add your own flourishes!

 

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Holy cow those are good O.O

Also, thank you for the advice! It is much appreciated!

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Ahhh thank you everyone for the tips! They are much appreciated! I will keep all of this in mind with my next attempt at a guy! Again thank you guys sooooo much for the help! <3