How to Draw the Neck - Stage 4 (Video)

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How to Draw the Neck - Stage 4 (Text)

Welcome back and thanks for completing that last lesson. We’re almost done, so stay with me for just a little longer!

For the last drawing, let’s draw the neck from the front again, but this time in an extreme position to highlight all the good stuff we learned. How about a character that has his head tilted backwards.

Picture of the Neck Tilted Back

First off is the skeletal layer. Since this character is pretty much looking forward with just his head tilted back, the spine is going to be a vertical line that’s slightly curved at the top.

Picture of the Skeletal Layer

Next, we’re going to need to draw the windpipe and Adams apple In this case, regardless of whether this is a male or female, I’d probably draw some form of the Adams apple. Unless you’re extremely special, anyone in this position will probably have the Adams apple slightly visible.

So, let’s draw the windpipe first. This is pretty much going to be a straight line just like the spine. However, unlike the spine, it will have 2 rings attached to it to show the Adams apple.

Picture of the Windpipe

Now let’s draw the muscles starting with the sternocleidomastoid. Again, these are 2 upside Ys that starts at the back of your ears and ends at the collar bones.

Picture of the Sternocleidomastoids

Next, you’ll need to draw the trapezius. Just like before, this is a huge muscle starting at the back of your head fanning out in both directions and wrapping around till it connects to your collar bone near your shoulders.

Picture of the Trapezius

Finally, for the skin layer, make sure to separate the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles from one another. This means that you’re going to have to draw the 2 indentations on the neck where they meet to show that they are separate.

Picture of the Sternocleidomastoid and Trapezius Indentation

In addition, since the jaw is sticking out and the sternocleidomastoid is wrapping about from the back, you’ll get one more indentation to show that the jaw is separate from the muscle.

Picture of the Jaw Indentation

One key point to remember is to accent the sternocleidomastoid a little bit more than you usually do since it’s being stretched quite a bit in this position.

Picture of the Sternocleidomastoid in Use

Last, for the finishes touches slightly mark the spots where the Adams apple is with a line or two.

Picture of the Adams Apple

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