How To Draw Torsos

Do you want to draw a realistic torso but intimidated by the task? Then don’t worry! Writing a perfect torso doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few key tips and tricks that make the process a much easier and more enjoyable experience. Follow these steps and you’ll have your ideal torso in no time!

1. Start With the Basic Outline

The most important part of any drawing is getting the outlines right. To create the basic outline of a torso, draw an oval shape at the center of your project. Make sure the top is flatter and sits above the waist, while the bottom side is oval shape. Next draw two sets of lines, one should run horizontally about 2/3 of the way down the oval and the other should run horizontally jutting out from the sides of the oval.

2. Create the Skeletal Structure

Once you are satisfied with your initial outlines, you can begin to create the skeletal structure. Start by drawing two ribs. One will be on either side and connected to the oval beneath. For a more detailed look, you can also draw two neck vertebrae as well as two shoulder blades. This will create a more refined look and further define the shape of the torso.

3. Add in the Details

To take your torso drawing to the next level, add in the details like muscles, arms and legs. To do so, draw the shoulder blade and muscle lines with careful precision. For the arms draw one set of muscle lines on each arm, with the elbow and shoulder joining together in the middle. Then draw two ovals for the hands as well as four more ovals for the fingers, Make sure to connect all of the ovals to make them look realistic. For the legs draw two sets of muscle lines clearly on both sides, with the knees and calfs joining together in the middle.

4. Finalize Your Creation

To finish up your perfect torso drawing, add the finishing touches. To do so, color your lines and add in some shading, as well as any other details you want to add. Use darker colors on the muscular areas and lighter colors on the stomach and rib area. Then, use a fine pen or brush to add in any additional details, such as freckles or moles, if you wish. Once you have completed all of these steps, your perfect torso drawing is ready!


Drawing a realistic torso doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right helpful tips and tricks, you will have your perfect drawing completed in no time. So grab your pencils and paper and get to drawing!

Julia is an artist and musician, who grew up in a small town in Ohio, where she played in local bands and painted murals in free time. She moved to NY City to study art at the prestigious Pratt Institute, and then relocated to LA to pursue a music career. Julia loves sharing the knowledge she gathered during the years with others.

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