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You CAN learn to draw by tracing. by Nyanfood You CAN learn to draw by tracing. by Nyanfood
Thank you :iconsenshistock: for the stock photo used in this tutorial!
Staff Pose Drawing Reference, Mjranum-stock Collab by SenshiStock

This is more or less how I learned to draw things. People say you can't learn from tracing... but I feel like that's a misunderstanding bred from a combination of close-minded education and people not knowing how to learn from tracing. This might work for you. This might not work for you. But in a way, you have to treat this like studying rather than plain drawing. Either way, I hope it helps someone somewhere.

This method is best used with a bit of math. measure out how long certain body parts are according to the size of the head from chin to the top of the head. Approximations are totally okay. This is also a really general guide. You can vary it to make it more detailed by continuing to split what you have already split into halves into even more halves. There does come to a point where there's no point in splitting it even further though.

This method does not work very well if you only do it once or twice. Do it lots and do it often! The aim is to familiarize artists with what features happen where on bodies and when.

Also, note that the contours I followed included the clothing's contours, so there is no valley contour between the boobs.

Have fun!
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SLS-ScifiandArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I actually find this more of a study method rather than a "trace" as the objective is trying to understand the form before putting it to application for drawing. When most people are against tracing, they are against tracing over fanart, anime screenshots, and anything around such. I have never seen people complain about tracing stock as stock is there to help people regardless of their methodology background.

Don't get me wrong. I agree about tracing getting a bad reputation and that there are good tracing means such as this for learning tool purposes. Anybody ever heard of stencils? XD How people use stencils are no different than what you are doing here. 
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Digital Artist
While I understand what you're saying about study method rather than tracing, I phrased the tutorial this way and called it "tracing" because of the misunderstanding behind the action of tracing itself. People who are against tracing generalize the act of tracing and lump it with the act of art theft involving tracing. When they generalize, they say that "tracing is bad." As a result, people who wish to learn and understand a form are pressured into not using the act of tracing as a method of study. From a marketing standpoint, I felt like my sensationalization of the topic by using the word "tracing" can act as a counter to the damage created by the generalization. It's similar to Taichi. Rather than face the problem with all the force concentrated on a single point like in rapier-fencing, this method follows the movements of the opponent (the movement here being generalization of the word "trace" and the opponent being the idea that "tracing" is wrong) and uses it against the opponent in a way the opponent can agree with.

What I'm trying to combat aren't people who complain about tracing a stock. I'm combating the fear growing artists have of tracing anything due to a common misunderstanding.
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SLS-ScifiandArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Ah, I see what you mean. It's nice to get a different perspective in things. Generalizations can be quite harmful and it's nice you gave a better insight to how tracing can help in such methods like this. I will try this method along with observation. The gridding seems quite useful and pretty much highlights what I observe with my eyes! XD It can work like a fact checker for me! XD

Makes sense. =)
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napandastia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful
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ZombieFishiez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I love how you approached this, especially since tracing is such a touchy matter with many artists anyways. I'm definitely going to try this and hopefully begin to understand anatomy better.
Thank you for this awesome guide!
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Digital Artist
No problem! I hope that it'll be of use to you. Have fun~ :D
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TswordZ Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Lots of thanks. This is a good way to learn drawing bodies. Thanks! :icondragonhi:
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks lots too!
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Pinakes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
To add, I'd personally would go with drawing the figure once from observation before tracing - for a feel of like doing a test and then being shown the answer. And then another drawing without observation at all after the tracing to make sure I remember the 'new stuff'.

On another note, I would personally darken the green ink of step 2 for a better clarity. If I take the image and convert it to greyscale, the value difference between text and bg is too small IMO.
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah. I noted the green ink as a problem. I just really didn't want to change it. O_o; I don't even know why, but I really really didn't want to.
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