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+Male Half Figure Guide+ by Xephiria +Male Half Figure Guide+ by Xephiria
About those watermarks. Yes, they're necessary and no, they aren't going to go anywhere. I tried to keep them light enough for this to be useful to someone. ^^'

As for the anatomy, I'm aware I'm not perfect and there are things that I could--and should!--work on. This is just depicting how I'm doing things currently. I don't think this needs a content warning, but let me know if you disagree. D:

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Alright. Now that's all over with, this is the same deal with the realism one for portraits, including the crappy camera pictures. It'd be too time consuming to scan each and every panel. This time, I tackled a male half figure in my anime-esque style. It was devilishly good fun. :horny: The poor soul--I mean subject--is an original character of mine that I use in some writing that I do from time to time. Recognize him in my avatar? Dreigo is 100% property of me and I ask that you respect that and do not use his design or character without my explicit permission or claim him as your own.

I did use a photo reference for the pose and it can be found on It's a great place for finding the perfect reference for pretty much any drawing or painting. Go check it out!

Okay, now we can get down to business. This little guide was started and inspired for a good friend of mine, :iconmadame360:. Go see her gallery; it's wonderful. :D

Here's my brief explanation of each panel in case anyone needs it. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. :)

Panel 1: I'm just using a .5 mechanical pencil with regular HB lead and a standard no smudge block eraser. Use whatever kind of paper you want. I don't like a lot of tooth or kinds of texture to my papers, so I use printer paper or plain drawing paper that comes in bundles. Besides, it's less expensive. :lmao:

Panel 2: I'm not usually one for really messy sketches, so I do these things that I call boundary lines. I basically just block in the overall height and width of things and any other "landmarks" I might need. I usually do the top of where I want the HAIR to be, the chin, the widest points on each side, and the hem of any pants or shorts. I don't always stick 100% to them, but it helps to keep my overall drawing size in check.

Panel 3: I always work from the head and neck to the shoulders, then the torso, and then I work back on the arms. I've seen some people start with the eyes of a head and go from there, I've seen people work from the hips up, and pretty much anything in between. Toy around and find where you like to start from. For me, it's the head and shoulders.

Panel 4: As I said previously, I'm not a very sketchy person. I like to just draw everything pretty much the way it would need to be. Of course, I don't shoot for perfection the first draft and all at once, but I don't like having to do a lot of damage control and assault my paper with an eraser. I hope that made some sort of sense. If you're using a photo reference, keep looking at it until you get the overall shapes and lines you're going for. There's little muscle definition at this point in time. Just a nice clean shape to hold all the details.

Panel 5: I filled in the muscles on Dreigo's stomach and also penciled in his arms. And I gave him his nipples too. Yes. I just said nipples.

Panel 6: Because you can't really see what I did in panel 5, Panel 6 is just a close up of the abdomen work.

Panel 7: Here's where I begin the face work. As always, I started with the eyes and put his nose in. (If you're doing anime, you don't have to define the nose like I did on the sides. That's just part of my stylization.) He got his ears as well. Now, this character is actually a half-elf, so he has slightly pointier ears than a human. Hence, why they look a bit taller than they should be. I also made sure to give him eye creases. It may or not be necessary depending on your style and the shape of it varies with expressions and from character to character. Have fun with them~

Panel 8: I thinned out the lines around his jaw and chin to give it a more even feel and also took this time to erase my guidelines along the face since everything but the mouth has been placed in. If you still need them to draw a mouth, feel free to keep them until you're done. Then, there's the matter of eyebrows. They're the most expressive thing on a human's face and can change the entire feel of a drawing. Knit them up, and they can be used for sadness and embarrassment. Knit them down and together--to whatever degree you please--and it darkens the feel or brings about a sort of obvious sensuality. Since this guy is an outright womanizer, he gets his eyebrows knitted down to keep him in character. Keep personality traits in mind when you're deciding what to do with the eyebrows, both in shape and placement. A shy character probably isn't going to furrow them enough to cause creases in the brow.

Panel 9: He's now got his mouth twisted into a suggestive smirk, lips, a tad more nose definition, as well as three rings in the shell of each of his ears. Remember to keep your creation in character with the mouth too. Evil characters probably aren't going to smile sweetly.

Panel 10: This is a shot of the full body now that the face is done. I added a bit of hair to his underarms and well, "below the belt" too. If your character shaves totally clean, then that's less work you have to do! :XD: Dreigo's also got a tattoo on the outside of his upper arms and went ahead and sketched that in.

Panel 11: Time for the hair! As you already have heard from me on other deviations, I love to draw hair, be it realistic, semi realistic, or anime. If the character has hair that hangs into or frames the face, I start there. (As I did.) Don't be too dark with your lines all at once because if you change your mind on lighting or gravity pull on the strands, it's a real pain to go back and fix things.

Panel 12: I sketched in the general shape I wanted for the hair. I erased the boundary line, but the tufts up top brushed against where it was. Keep in mind how much volume the hair will have. Someone at the age of 55 isn't going to have the same volume that someone at the age of 25 will have.

Panel 13: When you have the hair sketched to your liking, go ahead and darken things and erase what you don't need.

Panel 14: I erased the shape of the head and did simple strand details. For your sake, don't try and draw every strand of hair, even if you're doing realism. You will go insane with the effort and probably be left with a less than satisfactory result. :XD: I speak from experience, here. My style is something between anime and semi realism, so I do the simple lines to show how the hair lays and falls against the face, neck, shoulders, etc etc. If you're doing anime, you probably don't need to do anything but block in cell shades to show shadow and depending on your style, highlights.

Panel 15: Done! This is the entire piece. Well, as much as would fit neatly in the box, anyway. Look for the full, better quality shot in my gallery.

Dreigo (c) :iconxephiria:
Photo reference (c)
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EPIC-LAWL Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Helps a lot!
Thank you! :D
Xephiria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
WOW thankyou so much this is so inspiring and help thank you for also covering the face because I sometimes make my guys look like girls :) Thank you this is really helpful :)
Xephiria Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: I'm glad you like it, dear! It was a total blast and I hope you get lots of help from it. If you need anything else, just say the word and I'll do my best to either do something up or find something. :D

And don't worry, from time to time, I end up making my girls look like guys in the face...xD
Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
lmao :D thankyou so much most of time people do tutorials on the guys body but never the face so thank you, you helped me a lot :) I would like one more thing of you if you don't mind :)?

I am not sure if you recall a poll I did maybe in June about what should I paint next and you voted OCs well I took your advice and it has actually made me happier :) lol ( I think maybe because I am getting annoyed with most DMC fans being over obsessed loland with OCs I don't have that issue :D) but I did an OCs called Damion a long time ago and I am updating him and I will hopefully submit a line art of him I was wondering if you could critique it for me when I do submit it?
Xephiria Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, what did you have in mind? :D

Yes, I do recall and that's great you've found happiness in your OCs. I love mine to death. xD I totally understand about the fandom issues. I used to do quite a bit of fandom art for Naruto when I started out on dA and whenever I'd stumble into the groups/discussions/polls in them, it was just a wildfire of conflict. Fans are supposed to stick together--or at least coexist peacefully and respect each other--not gnaw at each other's likes and dislikes. I really got tired of all the bickering and that was one of the things that pushed me to advance myself out of the old shell I used to call home. OCs are just a nice breath of fresh air. :)

As for critiquing for you, I'd be happy to give it a shot. Mind you, I've never actually taken a technical anatomy class so I don't know all the official names and "perfect" placements of every single muscle group and curve, but I can give you as much help as I can with it. :) I can't wait to see him!
Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Thankyou I think that is what I needed, the thing with OCs people fav them because of your skills not because they like the character like most fan arts. They're a great breath of fresh air and you don't really have to worry about someone saying oh nice pick but I hate Trish lol anymore :D ( they're still jerks out there but I think OCs lessen the number).

I know what you mean, I think at least respect peoples options if I don't like the new DMC and you do then don't attack me for not liking it ( I have had that happen with the Kat girl from DMC I don't think she's all that pretty and I was attacked for it)To be honest you are like one of the only ones who understand I know that people have a right to their opinions but no right to attack others who disagree with you,but people are just like that. To be honest I don't think I will be doing much DMC fan arts anymore.

lol :D that is fine thankyou, an extra set of eyes can see if something looks right or not or if he is hot :D lmao :D
Xephiria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed agreed agreed! Besides, you can really go your own way with OCs, as long as they mary sue/gary stue zone is carefully avoided. xD

Most definitely! I voice my honest opinion about that new game in a group and even though I was very respectful and clearly stated that it was only an opinion, people went nuts. I ended up just leaving the group. It was just pathetic. Nothing but a group of whiny ten year olds, probably. But yeah, I'm not really a fan of Kat either...she just doesn't seem to fit into things, even in this revamped take on Devil May Cry. I'm pretty sure my DMC fanart days are over, too, so don't feel alone in that aspect.

In all honesty, I can say the exact same for you! It's such a pleasant experience dealing with you and answering your messages, as I can always know that even if we might not agree on something, you'll be respectful and we would be able to resolve any conflict that might come up. There really should be more people like you! xD

I totally understand! If I ever can't get a hold of someone to give my drawings a second opinion, I flip my canvas--if digital--or turn the paper around and hold it to the light so you can see the reverse of the drawing. It's great for highlighting errors in proportion or composition. I prefer a second set of eyes, but I don't always get that luxury. :lmao:
Madame-Rien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
lmoa :D true XD
I know what you mean that just happened to me today there is this stamp on my journal that I like that says 98% of anime sucks( then I have another one that says I support the 2% of anime that does not suck lol) if someone is offended that is there problem because I agree wit the stamp a lot of anime shows are not that great, they're made for over obsessed fan girls and have almost always the same plots or character design that's why I like so few shows, but I do like anime shows and art so I don't hate anime I am just not a big fan. So I commented on the stamp and said I agree many shows are not that great and its sad that some young anime artist do anime art because its easy and copy it with never taking the anime style and making it there own. In all art forms this is true they copy the style but never make it into their own style but in anime this occurs the most ( maybe because its popular now) I see 10 different anime artist page and 6 out of 10 do the hair basically the same the body the same way ( not exactly but they're following like the t.v shows) so they never try to be original with it. Well this anime artist I guess commented back and misunderstood what I was saying, and said stuff like you are saying anime artist have no skill that is mean, and I replied back and she missed pretty much 50% of what I was saying so until I did a long detailed writing she backed down.

Kat seen looks wise is meh, in fact to be honest I saw her in a trailer or demo and I don't know if it was me but she looked so unattractive they had this poll asking who was the prettiest DMC girl and she got #2 after Lady ( Lady only because she is popular) and Trish got 3, It was not a official poll but the only reason they chose her because she is new and many fans are like that they always choose the new. But I think the DMC fan art days maybe over to for me, I will still keep my Trish group but I think I may drop out of the others.

lol :D you are so sweet, I feel the exact way with you I believe to always treat others the way you want to be treated :) I always say I have debates not arguments lol :D

oooh cool you flip it the other direction? so if it doesn't look right when you flip it then you should correct the error?
Xephiria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I know! I've been to several conventions and try to attend two or three a year and every time I go, I visit a video panel to try and find a new show that piques my interest. At least 90% of the time, I get extremely bored or have countless "What the hell was that?" moments. I honestly question why some of the popular animes got popular in the first place. I mean, I'm all for the tall dark and handsome men ripping their shirts off for the anime camera, but please, have a little character development, you know? Fanservice is nice, but fanservice is downright fantastic when you truly like or love the character for more than aesthetic appeal. I do still support anime--the 2% that doesn't suck, of course!, especially since it's what really started me into art. I used to watch a good handful of anime, but now, that has seriously dwindled to only a few. I read Bleach from time to time, but don't really keep up with it anymore. Naruto, I still hang onto since it was the first thing in the genre that I liked and even though I think it's gone on for far too long, I feel it's my duty to see it through to its end. Right now, the only manga that I avidly read and follow is Black Bird. :D

I do try to treat everyone as best I can, as I was bullied very badly in high school and I know what it feels like to be harped at and harassed for no reason whatsoever. I don't want anyone I interact with to ever feel that pain, especially from my own words or actions. And yes, debates are certainly better than arguments. I think people are forgetting that today in age!

Yep, that's pretty much what it does! It especially helps if you've been staring at the same drawing for a prolonged length of time.
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