How to Draw a Biceps

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Being able to draw the human form is an important skill for every artist. In so doing, the ability to draw muscles accurately must not be overlooked.

Whether making a realistic sketch or creating a comic book hero, bulging muscles often "make the man." Much emphasis is often placed on the muscles of the arm, especially the biceps. The size of the biceps muscles is often used as an indicator of strength.

The term "biceps" comes from Latin terms meaning "two" and "head." Biceps, therefore, are muscles with two heads, or two distinct sections. The biceps brachii is the muscle typically referred to as biceps. It is a prominent muscle of the upper arm.

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Did you know? Your legs have a biceps muscle, too. It is called the biceps femoris. It is located on the back of the thigh.

Would you like to draw a cartoon with bulging biceps? This easy, step-by-step human drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Body Outline, Fist, and Legs.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Biceps

How to Draw Biceps: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two overlapping curved lines. These form the top of the shoulder and biceps muscles. The muscle to the right is the deltoid, and the muscle to the left is one of the two "heads" of the biceps brachii.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 2

2. Draw another curved line overlapping the first. This forms the remaining head of the biceps.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 3

3. Draw two more overlapping curved lines. These form the muscles of the upturned forearm, the brachioradialis and the extensor carpi.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 4

4. Draw a long, curved line to form the back of the forearm, from the wrist to the elbow. This would involve the extensor digitorum muscle.

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How to Draw Biceps: Step 5

5. Draw two more overlapping curved lines, forming the bottom of the upper arm. This portion is populated by the triceps muscles.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 6

6. Draw several overlapping curved lines, forming the base of the arm, the armpit, and the side of the chest. The muscle on the bottom of the arm would be the triceps, and that of the chest the pectoralis major.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 7

7. Draw a curved line across the middle of the upper arm. This further defines the biceps muscle and is often called the "cut."

How to Draw Biceps: Step 8

8. Use long, curved lines to outline the palm and back of the hand. Use small, overlapping "U" shaped lines to form the knuckles of the clenched fist, and long, curved lines that double back upon themselves to form the fingers.

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How to Draw Biceps: Step 9

9. Use a curved line to outline the remaining portion of the palm and the thumb.

How to Draw Biceps: Step 10

Color your cartoon arm. Then, check out our cartoon people drawing guides, where you'll learn to outline the body, draw details such as eyes, ears, noses, and hair, and complete full characters, real or imagined.

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