How to Draw Abs

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The rectus abdominis muscle, commonly referred to as the abs, are often viewed as a gauge of physical fitness. If the abdominal muscles are visible on the outside of the body, it means that the muscles themselves are toned and that the body does not harbor an excess of fat.

The abdominal muscles consist of three muscular sheets - the external and internal obliques and the transverse abdominis. The rectus abdominis supplement these muscles.

Many comic book heroes and villains display "cut" or highly visible abdominal muscles. Beach goers and bodybuilders often have this quality as well.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon character with rippling ab muscles? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Abs

Abs drawing - step 1
How to Draw Abs: Step 1

1. Draw a long, curved line. This outlines the bottom of the pectoralis major, the chest muscle commonly referred to as "pecs."

Abs drawing - step 2
How to Draw Abs: Step 2

2. Draw a second curved line alongside the first, outlining the remaining pectoral muscle.

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Abs drawing - step 3
How to Draw Abs: Step 3

3. Draw a long curved line descending from one of the pecs. This outlines the side of the torso, or stomach.

Abs drawing - step 4
How to Draw Abs: Step 4

4. Draw an inverted "Y" shaped line just below the pecs. This outlines the first section of the rectus abdominis or abs muscles.

Abs drawing - step 5
How to Draw Abs: Step 5

5. Draw two overlapping curved lines to form the next section of the abs.

Abs drawing - step 6
How to Draw Abs: Step 6

6. Draw a vertical curved line below the previous section of the abs, and two curved lines to outline the next section of the abs.

Abs drawing - step 7
How to Draw Abs: Step 7

7. Draw a short curved line descending from the abs, then draw a small circle beneath it. This forms the belly button. Then, draw two curved lines beneath it in a curved "V" shape. This completes the last section of the ab muscles.

Abs drawing - step 8
How to Draw Abs: Step 8

8. Draw two curved lines, overlapping with one another and with the side of the pec muscle. This forms the bottom of the muscular arm. Then, draw a long, curved line to enclose the remaining side of the torso.

Abs drawing - step 9
How to Draw Abs: Step 9

9. Draw a "U" shaped line near the bottom of each of the pectoral muscles, indicating the presence of the nipple. Then, draw diagonal curved lines across the side of the torso. These could indicate ribs or the external obliques, another muscle often classed under the term "abs." Draw curved lines at the base of the torso to outline the tops of the hips. Then, draw a pair of curved lines between these to indicate the junction of the legs and the torso.

Complete Abs drawing
How to Draw Abs: Step 10

Color your washboard abs. Then, check out our cartoon people drawing guides, where you'll learn how to give your character a face, limbs, and more, and clothe him her or with items from our objects drawing guides.

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