How to Draw Fashion-Ready Legs
Legs can make or break a great fashion pose. They add so much personality and attitude. Long legs can turn women into supermodels whose bodies go on forever. For men, legs define masculinity even in the most feminine of outfits. For children, legs portray the innocence of a relaxed child’s pose.
Draw the front view of female fashion legs.
The front view is the most basic, but it’s often effective.
Draw the figure’s lower torso with leg holes.
For the thigh, start with a straight line that connects to a circle for the knee. For the lower leg, add a slightly curved line that connects to a small triangle for the foot.
Draw in cylinders over the leg lines. As you’re drawing the cylinders, make sure you keep them slender and tapered toward the ankle.
Finish your drawing of the fashion figure and erase your initial lines.
Make sure your fashion figure is grounded.
Legs are the key to making sure a fashion pose is grounded. To keep your figure grounded, always draw one leg or foot directly under the head to keep the figure from looking like she’s falling over. Compare the poses; the figure on the left-hand side is falling over, and the one on the right is grounded.
Draw partially turned female fashion legs.
Add some spice to your figures by changing up the look and going for the three-quarter-view pose. To make your fashion figure look like she’s partially turned, hide one of the legs slightly.
You see the knee more on one side. The calf is still visible on both sides, but you can see it a little more on the back leg.
Draw the three-quarter view of female fashion legs.
Draw a figure’s lower torso from the three-quarter view.
Sketch in the lines for the legs, crossing one over the other, thus partially hiding one leg.
Bend one leg so you can get a view of both legsa. And don’t forget the circles to represent the knees. Keep your leg proportions in check, with the lower legs perhaps twice as long as the upper legs.
Draw cylinders over the leg lines to finish the legs, keeping the circles to represent the knees. For the hidden leg, draw only the part of the cylinder that’s visible. Make sure your cylinders for both legs are slender and tapered toward the ankle.
Outline your final drawing and erase your initial lines.
Compare the side view and front views of female fashion legs.
Side views are great for showing off the derrière and creating killer fashion poses!
The figure shows how the front view of the leg compares to the side. Notice on the front view, the thigh connects to the knee and then to the lower leg with a curve below the knee for the calf muscle. From the side view, the knee curves on one side of the leg, and the calf curves below the knee on the other side.
Draw the side view of female fashion legs.
Draw the lower torso and leg lines with circles to represent the knees. From the side view, only one leg hole shows on the lower torso. The leg stepping forward bends at the knee, and her other leg follows a graceful curve from thigh to foot.
Draw cylinders over the leg lines, keeping the cylinders thin but shapely and tapered toward the ankle.
Finish your figure and erase your initial lines.
Draw male fashion legs.
Men’s legs can be too long! For guys, try to keep the length of the legs similar to the length of the torso and head combined. The thigh and calf can be close in length.
Define the thighs with strong lines and curves.
Form the calves using shading techniques.
Draw children's fashion legs.
In fashion drawing, children’s legs are chubbier and less sculpted than men’s and women’s legs.
Draw the lower torso for a child. Add in lines with circles for the knees and triangles for the feet. Keep the top and bottom of the legs about the same length.
Add very round cylinder shapes for chubby thighs and calves.
Finish the look with rounded curves by the knees and ankles.