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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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matugrosso1999 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
If that's how a competitor looks like, tell me, how much a martial artist or a soldier(no matter the era) should have?. Illustrate.
amii22 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow this is amazing! :la:
//Has just scrolled down to see the date this was posted./ :O
I was looking at a poses reference sheet for women (Cause I suck at drawing female figures) that was on the front page when I logged in and this was linked in the comments because a lot of the figures in said reference sheet were very "samey".
My characters are all males and anthro but still have human bodies and I'm fascinated by and absolutely love anatomy.
I really do try my hardest to make their bodies all look different, but I'm lazy and always end up reverting back to the typical "gym rat" 6 pack because it looks desirable.
But this will really help me out! I have one guy who is very much the typical "Tank" and although he does go to the gym, his lifestyle would mean he would build up a lot more useful muscle rather than for show, so this will really help when it comes to releasing his 2017 ref sheet, which I have been currently working on. Time to go change his figure a bit! :XD:

Seriously thank you so much for this, I just wish I had seen it sooner! :D
TheMoodisWrite Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH CRAP IT'S YOU.  I follow your Manly comic. Saw this in someone's faves, hopped in and read before noticing your name. Pleasant surprise for me!
Ahura98 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Artist
I found this on google images like, ages ago and i had a hard-time findin its source... But here you are! At least!
This tutoral is magnificient, it helped me a lot, to be honest
But! That's the real question i was driving nuts trying to find you: you have like, a female equivalence of this? I have a female character that is pretty muscular, not like a bodybuilder but she can kick your ass pretty hard. I'm searching like a bitch for a good tutorial on female muscles, bc when i try this kind of tutorial (made for male phisiques) she kinda looks too manly, and that's definitely not my intention...
Thanks for hearing me anyway

P.S.: I used this in male characters and holly macarroni this helps, like, a lot. They looked more realistic and plausible and it made it easier. I loved it.
Kiryu2012 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
This helped me get a better understanding of what strong and fit means and gave me a better appreciation of my own body.
AllyDragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student General Artist
very helpful, thank you! 
zachman2016 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Amazing artwork my friend. Also, just incase you didn't know I've seen this drawing(mainly the form vs function one) on some other sites such as 9gag and the comments were saying the one who drew its were jealous of bodybuilder physique. Personally I like the strongman physique more it just looks bigger and more tough.   
PhoenixStar86 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this should come in handy later. thanks a bunch.
TheReaSea1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME! I need a tutorial on men since I can't draw them right. Thank you for the tips <3
cyberspyro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student Artist
I finally find a tutorial on dudes! I am so happy you made this!
KormyraSekyria Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tut, it really helps a lot =o
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
Dark-Jackels Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Nintendraw Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Best abs tutorial ever!
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
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
Renmiou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Really interesting. There's so much to learn about anatomy!
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 :(
sirgarberto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
This is it, if I'm not mistaken.
MayFlorence Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you soo much!!! 
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:
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!
Krawczyk Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2015
I've heard the term "Lumberjack build" thrown around a bit as well.…………
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!
Imagentian-Queen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really good
JazzBerryTigerCandy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this <3
Morgween Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional 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!!
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?
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
kirschnickerdoodle Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 😙
SilverTimberWolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank yooooou
Yokaiou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Got one for boobs?
FlamezMcWhitey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omfg this title got me rolling~   X3
Sowwl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really useful! thank u so so much <3
kimy-shan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist
yay, thank for this!
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 
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. 
dinu1999 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Tutorial!:D (Big Grin) 
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. 
Anjona Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure to study this when I have more time! :D
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.
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:
mesmorino Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Do one for women!
Kingkoopathedork Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Traditional 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! 
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!!!!!
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. 
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"
AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most helpful things I've seen, thank you ^^! 
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
MusicChickaa Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
thanks so much
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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