A person’s head, arms, and legs are all connected to the major body structure, known as the torso (or trunk). This article introduces the major forms of the adult torso that are important when you want to draw a human figure well. You follow along with step-by-step illustrations, and outline the various forms of adult torsos in their proper locations. Finally, four worksheets test your memory of the shapes and locations of the forms.
Understanding the proportions of the human torso is one of the most important things for an artist. Without any understanding of how different forms relate to each other on the torso, your portraits are bound to look misshapen. This tutorial walks you through the steps of drawing the torso.