How to Draw the Neck - Stage 1 (Video)

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How to Draw the Neck - Stage 1 (Text)

In this lesson, we’ll be drawing the neck in 4 positions. Hopefully, this will give you a solid foundation on which to build upon when you’re drawing the neck in other positions. Since we’re also just focusing on the neck, I’m going to fill in the parts that won’t be covered in this lesson like the head and torso.

Picture of the Neck in 4 Positions

For the first stage, let’s focus on the neck from the front.

Picture of the Neck from the Front

When drawing the neck from the front, there are only a few things you need to know.

Let’s start with the skeletal layer. Luckily for us, there’s only 1 group of bones we need to draw for the neck — the spine. From the front, drawing the spine is easy as it’s just going to be straight line.

Picture of the Skeletal Layer

So, let’s move onto the muscular layer.

For the muscles, remember that there are 2 important muscles that you need to take into account. The first one is the sternocleidomastoids. These are the muscles that look like they are 2 upside y’s starting behind the ear and ending at the collar bone. Be sure to draw them as 2 upside y’s and not 2 lines. Recall, these 2 crevices will become important when shading the neck. Although Not so much in this position, it’s good to get in the habit.

Picture of the Sternocleidomastoids

Once you have that done, draw in that big trapezius muscle in the back. Again, this muscle is so big it sticks out from both sides of the neck and wraps around toward the front near the shoulders. It’s what gives the neck its curved appearance.

Picture of the Trapezius

Now, all we need to do is draw the skin layer. To do this, we’re going to trace over outline of the muscles and bones and highlight a few muscles. You don’t want to get too carried away with this though, unless you’re drawing a body builder. Since this is a female, we’re going to trace over the outline and draw 2 slight lines for the sternocleidomastoids.

Highlighting the Sternocleidomastoids

One key point to remember is to make sure you don’t connect the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles together. These are 2 different muscles going in two different directions. You need to have this small indentation here to show that.

Highlighting the Trapezius

Now, I’m going to turn the reins over to you and let you draw it. Once you’re finished, I’ll be waiting for you on the other side! Good luck.

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