How to Draw Male Chest/Torso
The chest and torso of a male anime character are difficult to draw
because of the exaggeration of the male muscles. In any part of the male
body that you draw must have definite muscle tone. The general shape of
the torso is a trapezoid. The waist on a male will be thicker than that
of a female, so there will be less of a curve when drawing from the ribs
to the hips. Make sure you don’t make the lines of the waist too
parallel or it will not look right, and your character will look more
like a robot than a real person.
When drawing the shoulders you need to know that shoulders are not flat.
When you draw the shoulders you have to give them a curve and a slope.
Then the shoulders will give way to the arms and also the rest of the
torso. Male shoulders are a lot broader than a female’s shoulders. Be
sure not to make the curve of the shoulders too curvy, because men tend
to have flatter shoulders but yet they still have a curve.
The chest is a major part in your character. Make sure that if you want
the character to be muscular than a regular character, make the muscles
in the chest more defined. Use the same method for the abdomen of your
When the character’s arms are lifted, draw a line where the underarm
should be. When the arms are raised a part of the character’s back will
be showing. This gives the body a better dimension and a better sense of
Now you have created a torso and chest for your character. Don’t forget
the little details like a bellybutton or even lines indicating the ribs
or even scars to give your character some well…character!