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Abdomination: How to draw beef by Coelasquid Abdomination: How to draw beef by Coelasquid
Haven't seen this many naked rainbow torsos since the Pride Parade.


Consider this a companion to this other anatomy tutorial.

If you're hard up for reference, feel free to pick through my manbucket [link]
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LAdolphingirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stupendous! Not only am I on my way to learning how to draw the masculine figure better, I know more about muscles too!! :D

Hmmm, now only if I could learn how to draw GIRL abbs... :P
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Dark-Jackels Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent.
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Best abs tutorial ever!
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TenPastMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial! I remember seeing it a long time ago and now that I'm studying the torso again this is one of the most helpful tutorials I've seen
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TenPastMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial! I remember seeing it a long time ago and now that I'm studying the torso again this is one of the most helpful tutorials I've seen
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Renmiou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Really interesting. There's so much to learn about anatomy!
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MayFlorence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
your link isn't working for "this other anatomy tutorial" Just thought you should know. Iwas looking forward to viewing it :(
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sirgarberto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
This is it, if I'm not mistaken. imgur.com/gallery/YCotv0D
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MayFlorence Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you soo much!!! 
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CorvidCatastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thought I had this saved, but evidently I hadn't yet...
:+fav:'d for future reference. :heart:
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vixxancjhlvr Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Thank you for posting this. I have been trying to do pictures of people who have work type muscles, y'know like the strongmen type. But I never could think of the right term for it and now I do! I'm doing like a merge of two different people, gemsonas like in Steven Universe, one is a slim build and the other is the Mr Universe type build and when they merge they become the Strongmen body type.

None of the muscly men pics i looked at were what i was looking for but that was because i didn't know it was the Strongman type that i needed to search for! So again, thank you so much for posting this!
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Krawczyk Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2015
I've heard the term "Lumberjack build" thrown around a bit as well.

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Think dwarves, but tall. Check out Izumi's husband on Fullmetal Alchemist too.
('classic' dockworkers before they had all them machines are also usually a good example due to what muscles pushing around containers and palettes works out.)

Also, amusing that she remembered to mention Schwarzenegger, but not Jesse Ventura. They had that one famous movie together! And uh...that other one! Bout the game show!
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Imagentian-Queen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really good
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JazzBerryTigerCandy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this <3
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Morgween Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student Filmographer
I can not express how thankfull I am for this fine piece of information and advice, you saved my male characters to end up with serious anatomy problems XD
Thank you so much for doing this!!
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Arkylie Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Excellent rundown!  I also love how you give a bunch of real-life examples to study.

I didn't know that bodybuilders dehydrate themselves before competition to look more defined.  The things we do for shows, huh?
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Commander-Strife Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god you have no idea how helpful this is. There's been a character I've been reinventing like crazy and I've been strugglnig major to draw someone who LOOKS fit and strong. I mainly do the more wiry runner-type fit male characters, but it's like... one or two are more like bear wrestler type strong, and just...

Thank you so much, now I can finally draw or get started learning how to draw this guy :D
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kirschnickerdoodle Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 😙
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SilverTimberWolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank yooooou
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Yokaiou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Got one for boobs?
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FlamezMcWhitey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omfg this title got me rolling~   X3
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Sowwl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really useful! thank u so so much <3
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kimy-shan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
yay, thank for this!
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hirotard Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
just a bit late for comment ops but this is still one of the best tutorials on how to do dem beefs I've ever seen. It's very common to function-muscle (?) guys to be left out of anatomy tutorials, they are my favourites to draw/appreciate ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ 
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Eudorus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I'm a competitive power lifter and former soldier. It's nice to have an artists reference that actually reflects the way I am built. 
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dinu1999 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Tutorial!:D (Big Grin) 
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ApplebeeJuice Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice references on this! Good point also is how not everybody has the same bodytype: "same-bodying is just as bad as same-facing" (also my pet peeve in superhero comics haha). I especially need to remember that one. 
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Anjona Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure to study this when I have more time! :D
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S-i-l-C Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
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.
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grim-puppet-demon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
lol the muscle between yours ribs is usually called the skirt meat*snicker* it kinda takes away from the MANLINESS of it all:rofl:
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mesmorino Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Do one for women!
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Kingkoopathedork Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Im so grateful for this cus ive been searching high and low for a good tutorial on drawing the abdomen and this is exactly what i needed! 
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EquiusButt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
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!!!!!
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Jaice-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
I saw a crop of this on fb. I posted a link back here so you has credit and maybe so people will look at the whole thing instead of just the form vs function. 
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Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2014
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"
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AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most helpful things I've seen, thank you ^^! 
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THIS
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MusicChickaa Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
JUST WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR
//sobbing
thanks so much
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Tidus53 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I know this sound complacent, but I really wish this came with a leg half to it/
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E3TV Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, Ive been doing this wrong then. I now love you
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whisperworld22 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Luved it!!!
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moththe Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
awesome tutorial! thank the love of manliness you exist!
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Strein86 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thank you, TV Tropes. Muscles AREN'T Meaningless!
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MoonlightStrider Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally a helpful tutorial that I can understand.
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jaxblade07 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I LOVE THIS DRAWING so much since Im a fitness freak. Absolutely phenomenal
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bubbles123karate Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student General Artist
BEEFCAKE TUTORIAL YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL THE GRATITUDE I CAN FIND IS FLYING TOWARDS YOU
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HopeDiamond101 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you! ^^
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AnonymousNavi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank so much for this.
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Shadow-Monger Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this I found it enlightening.
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MetalByakko Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
It's one of the most helpfull tutorials I know, thanks :-D
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