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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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:iconeudorus:
Eudorus Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
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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:icondinu1999:
dinu1999 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  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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SilverCorsac 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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:iconmesmorino:
mesmorino Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Do one for women!
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:icondrmcsketchie:
DrMcsketchie 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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:iconmusicchickaa:
MusicChickaa Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
JUST WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR
//sobbing
thanks so much
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:icontidus53:
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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:icone3tv:
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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:iconwhisperworld22:
whisperworld22 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Luved it!!!
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:iconmoththe:
moththe Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
awesome tutorial! thank the love of manliness you exist!
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:iconstrein86:
Strein86 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thank you, TV Tropes. Muscles AREN'T Meaningless!
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:iconmoonlightstrider:
MoonlightStrider Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally a helpful tutorial that I can understand.
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:iconjaxblade07:
jaxblade07 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I LOVE THIS DRAWING so much since Im a fitness freak. Absolutely phenomenal
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:iconbubbles123karate:
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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:iconanonymousnavi:
AnonymousNavi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank so much for this.
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TrentenCunningham Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this I found it enlightening.
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:iconmetalbyakko:
MetalByakko Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
It's one of the most helpfull tutorials I know, thanks :-D
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:icongontovaan:
gontovaan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Artist
very nice info
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:icongreypple:
Greypple Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
...For the love of god. Thanks for this!
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:icondjdrgn:
djdrgn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thanks for the tips!! ^_^
And lol @ your Pride parade comment ;)
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:iconneruall:
Neruall Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Thank you! :D
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:iconnovacattrueborn:
NovaCatTrueborn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shitsnacks yes I need this! :D
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darkzero779 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
so many body tutorials...so many intrigue me to collect and use at time to time to eveloup my style....great work
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neko-productions Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thanks for sharing! :)
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:iconesmeeverafter:
EsmeEverAfter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
This has been a huge help, thanks!
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40880472 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I clicked this link hoping to see cow meat drawing, I am disappointed
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:icongoldfish911:
goldfish911 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
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.
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:iconnicolft:
nicolft Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Dang. o-o This is like, the most informative tutorial I have ever read. XD THANK YOU SO MUCH
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:iconmlpartist123:
mlpartist123 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
lol
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:iconseinseya:
Seinseya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Excellent base to work, thanks ^^
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:iconalphabetsoup314:
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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. 
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Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Terrific work here! Truly spectacular!
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:icongph-artist:
gph-artist Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work here.


I want to fight bears on a mountain...   :)
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SolidCooties Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
:D (Big Grin) Great muscle tutorial, Coelasquid! PS MGDMT is probably my favorite damn webcomic, like, ever.
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FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Spectacular tutorial!
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:iconshining0polaris:
shining0polaris Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely informative. I, as a former athlete, wondered why I didn't "appear as defined" as other people and it turns out I was just built differently. Thank you very much for making this.
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Sargeant-Knoxx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ermagersh. Thank you for showing the variety in placement and amount of muscle. This is gret!
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:iconsargeant-knoxx:
Sargeant-Knoxx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*great
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sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This tutorial is in the "truth in television" of tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php... hjow I got here.
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow ! It's really well explain and useful ! Many thanks !
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:iconkyoushiro15:
Kyoushiro15 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
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!
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