I am finally unpacked from my move, settled in, and ready to get back to my art.
This blog entry focuses on the muscles of the leg in order to draw fantasy or action figures. Although the muscles are pertinent to both men and women, my figure drawings are male, because female figures, even the fantasy and action ones, are usually drawn with only major hints of muscle. There are three sections to this post. First are the best I could find of readable muscle diagrams for front, back, and sides of the leg. Second, is something that I suggest everyone does after looking through the muscles diagrams – redrawing the muscles. Redrawing helps make the muscles etched in our brains. Third are three drawings of male figures, from the waist down, using knowledge of muscles to make action renditions of the skin-covered figure.
Here are the muscle diagrams. (Note: Google has enriched its image searches so much that it is now easy to search for images of anything without having to go to the website housing the image. If you want to look at further muscle images, I suggest that you search for either “leg muscles” or by the names of specific muscles.)
The next set of drawings are ones that I drew of muscles from anatomy software. I won’t mention that software here because, after having used it, I think that using Google images is just as good or better.
The last three drawings are those of male figures in action. I have labeled the muscles so that you can match up the muscles in the drawing with those in the previous muscle diagrams.