Check out a quick version of this tutorial: [link]
*UPDATE: forgot there was more I wanted to say about this piece!
I wanted to do a tutorial that was somewhat different than everything else out there. I personally hate measuring things by heads. 8 heads tall for heroic sizes, 5-6 for realistic. Just too complicated for me to measure heads.
That's why I try to break everything down into halves, most of us can judge the halfway point and be fairly accurate, so that's why I feel it's a superior method of measurement (that's just my opinion of course).
Originally I struggled with breaking things into halves until I realized I should leave out the head in the measurement.
I will upload a picture of how many times I've drawn and tried different ways to construct the front view of a male. It's TONS. I spent lots of time tracing other anatomical drawings by different artists, mostly Andrew Loomis and disney. A fair amount of my work is based off of Loomis. I always always always in anything I do try to find the simplest way to do it, and fastest. at this point I can draw a fairly fleshed out front view in about 1-2 minutes. Maybe that seems like a long time for some extremely experienced life drawing artists but, I feel like for the average person, 1-2 minutes is quick!
I want everyone to be quick, I don't want people to struggle as much as I have over learning to draw. Yes the struggle helps define us as an artist, but I'd rather see people getting better at drawing faster so the amazing imaginations we have as artists won't be hampered by our ability (or lack of) to draw.
---------------------------------------End of note.
Well, I've been working on a series of tutorials over the summer. A way to very simply measure and draw an armature to full proper anatomy.
Sorry it's so ugly!
This should teach you a fair bit of muscles and the skeleton, both are extremely important!!!
I hope that if anyone finds this useful, please send me some of your practices doing this, or leave a comment about what you thought of the tutorial.
If you do find it helpful, please share it around! just remember to give me credit
*NOTE: the underlying drawing I used is not mine, I'm not sure who's it is but it floats around the interest a fair bit.