Also it's good to note abs can in fact be a bit wonky. By which I mean they don't always sit at the same level. For example, look at Michael Phelps. His abs are offset I bit higher or lower on either side, but they seem to function just fine for him.
this is SUPER helpful thank you so much!! also i saw a thing going around on tumblr and it was a really shitty quality crop of your thing (and it had a 9gag thing on it, what a surprise,) i put credit to you on there but i doubt anyone will see since 20+ thousand people have already seen it ; ;'' you really deserve credit for this, this is fantastic!!!!!
part of this found it's way to facebook saying things like "the guy who made this (they just croped the form vs function out) dosen't know anything about body building" or "this must of been drawn by somebody who is fat"
This is helpful, although it doesn't just give a direct explanation, it really helped me figure out how to draw abs properly, as I only new how to do a wierd 6 pack that semed out of place on my characters.
Wait.... so that means that, if male superheroes were real, they'd be built more for form than for function? Huh. I guess that makes sense when I think about it. It is a more aesthetic medium.
Anyway, it's nice to see a tutorial that not only points out different body types and how they are affected by different types of activity (and vice versa?), but focuses more on the male body. Most of the body type tutorials I've seen on dA are focused on the female body.
Great tutorial! Also, looking at your "Abs are all shaped differently" section, I couldn't help but see an old guy's face in each and every one of them. So, alternatively, that section can be a tutorial on how to personify abs!
This is fascinating. I knew a lot of this stuff before, but I hadn't thought about it or seen it all grouped together and presented as a "how abs impact character design." I really like this and I feel all inspired and stuff now, thank you!