How to Draw the Human Back, a Step-by-Step Construction Guide
To draw the human back, first determine the angle of the spine and mark it on the canvas, then locate the spines of the scapulas from which to construct all of the muscles of the upper back. We’ll go over the bones and major muscle groups you’ll need to know to draw the back well.
Why is it so hard to draw the back? How do we learn to draw the back?
Do you know how to draw a baby’s head from behind?
Why is it so hard to draw the back? Thankfully there is a simple answer.
The scapula bones on the back move and rotate on top of the rib cage, and they’re covered in muscles. Depending on the movement (and the build of the person you’re drawing), more bone or more muscle will show up.
How do we learn to overcome this problem of drawing the back?
In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to draw the back of a human body. To begin, we’ll need to understand basic anatomy, such as bones and muscles. We’ll also need to identify landmarks to which we can hold our drawing accountable, as well as patience as we practice.
Rib cage to draw the back
There is a lot of anatomical detail in this video, but all you really need to remember is the shape of the rib cage: when the figure is curled up or arching, some of the lower ribs of the back will stand out from beneath the muscles slightly.
Scapula to draw the back
The scapula is the most important for our back construction; remember their location and triangular shape. The most important landmark that we will look for is the spine of the Scapula to it at the top of the trapezius, with the rear deltoid attaching on the other side.
Humerus bone to draw the back
The scapula is the upper arm’s humorous bone, and these muscles will be covered in the muscle diagrams below. For more information on the anatomy of the arm, see my arm drawing tutorial.
The clavicle bone to draw the back
The clavicle is a bone at the base of the neck that connects to the scapula on its outer edges and then drives into the center of the chest; we’re talking about it because the trapezius muscle curves around from the back and attaches to a section of it.
The trapezius muscle (or traps) helps rotate the scapula up to lift the arm, and it also attaches to the clavicle bone in the front of the body, forming a tent around the neck.
The rear deltoids
The human body’s rear deltoid attaches to the scapula’s spine on the opposite side of the trapezius muscle.
The lats – latissimus dorsi
The lats are a massive sheet of muscle that starts at the lower back spinal process and attaches to some of the lower ribs. It is thin on the back and thickens as it twists around the side. They are engaged when you do any kind of pulling action.
The Infraspinatus, the Teres Major and the Rhomboid
When you pull the shoulders back, the rhomboids pull the shoulder blades (scapula) together, bringing the scapula closer to the spine on each side. The infraspinatus and teres major muscles are the ones that show up most often under the armpit.
The serratus anterior
The Serratus anterior connects the lats to the external obliques; it is usually not visible from the back, but becomes visible in three-quarters view. This is the ‘comic book muscle,’ which is exaggerated in comic book heroes to give the side of the trunk a serrated appearance.
The erector spinae
The erector spinae are two rods that run from the lower back to the glutes, and although they also run up the back, they are covered by the upper back muscles for the artist, and they are separate from the major muscle mass of the lats.
The external obliques
The obliques, or inner abdominal muscles, are visible when drawing the back in three-quarters view, as well as the anterior abdominal muscles and the pelvis. Gvaat’s anatomy studyu2013 back view shows the obliques, or inner abdominal muscles, as well as the anterior abdominal muscles and the pelvis.
All muscles together for drawing the back
Can you find the scapula’s spine, which is where the traps meet the rear deltoid muscles? Keep this landmark in mind as we draw the back, and remember to keep it in mind when drawing the human body’s outline.
Step-by-step construction of the back
Draw in the lats, erector spinae, external obliques, and serratus anterior if visible, then position the teres major/infraspinatus/rhomboid and other muscle groups.
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Why is drawing so hard?
Drawing is difficult because our brains interpret everything we see as a whole, and our eyes don’t create an accurate image of what we draw. Drawing is also difficult because we tend to draw things as we know them, rather than as they are. Learning to see is difficult, and drawing is even more difficult.
How can I draw better faces?
What is the best way to draw a face?
- Start with two circles to form the base of the head.
- Add construction lines to position the features.
- Experiment with different proportions.
- Line up the features.
- Start with the eyes.
- Add in the nose.
- Try different lip shapes.
- Think about the differences between male and female faces.
Which one is the lying or down posture?
In general, the terms prone and supine refer to different body positions: a person lying prone is facing downward, while a person lying supine is facing up. A person lying prone is facing downward, while a person lying supine is facing up.