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How to Draw the Spine

Easy, step by step Spine drawing tutorial
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Whether you're taking an anatomy class or designing your own cartoon character, you may be wondering how to draw a spine. Charts such as the one in our illustration are often found in the offices of alternative medicine practitioners, including acupuncturists and herbalists.

One branch of alternative medicine especially concerned with the spine is called chiropractic.

Chiropractors believe that "mechanical disorders" of the muscles and bones - for example, a joint being out of place - can lead to other health issues because they pinch the nerves that allow the brain and body to communicate.

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They treat these problems by manual manipulation of the bones and joints.

Do you know the names of the different parts of the spine? The spine itself is known as the backbone, spinal column, or vertebral column, and its parts are vertebra. In the vertebrates - animals with bones - the spinal column extends from the neck to the tail.

The vertebrae are given letters and numbers to distinguish one from the other. The upper vertebrae of the cervical region are called C1 through C7. C1 and C2 are also known as the atlas and axis, respectively.

The thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 through T12, and the lumbar vertebrae L1 to L5. Portions of the sacrum are called S1 through S5, and the pointed lower tip of the spine is known as the coccyx.

Did you know? Even though a giraffe's neck is much longer than yours, it has the same number of vertebrae! All mammals have seven cervical vertebrae or neck bones.

The spine has several jobs to do. It protects the spinal cord, an important bundle of nerves. It also stiffens the body, flexes in many directions, and provides something for other bones to attach to.

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If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Body Outline, Abs, and Skeleton Hand.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Spine

Spine drawing - step 1
How to Draw the Spine Step 01

1. Begin by outlining the head and back of the person. Use a short curved line for the nose, and a long one for the forehead, head, shoulders, and lower back.

Spine drawing - step 2
How to Draw the Spine Step 02

2. Outline the front of the person. Use a curved line for the mouth and jaw, another for the neck, and another for the chest and torso. Then, use another curved line to begin outlining the lowest portion of the spine, called the sacrum.

Spine drawing - step 3
How to Draw the Spine Step 03

3. Use another curved line to complete the outline of the sacrum and the pointed coccyx at its base. Texture the bone with additional curved lines. Then, begin drawing the vertebra. Use curved lines to outline the irregular shape. This part of the spine is known as the lumbar region.

Spine drawing - step 4
How to Draw the Spine Step 04

4. Continue to use curved lines to outline irregular shapes of the vertebra.

Spine drawing - step 5
How to Draw the Spine Step 05

5. Continue to use curved lines to outline irregular shapes of the vertebra. Complete the lower six vertebrae.

Spine drawing - step 6
How to Draw the Spine Step 06

6. Use curved lines to draw three more vertebrae. This central part of the back is known as the thoracic region.

Spine drawing - step 7
How to Draw the Spine Step 07

7. Use curved lines to draw the irregular shapes of three more vertebrae.

Spine drawing - step 8
How to Draw the Spine Step 08

8. Use curved lines to outline three more vertebrae.

Spine drawing - step 9
How to Draw the Spine Step 09

9. Use curved lines to outline the upper three vertebrae. This is known as the spine's cervical region.

Complete Spine drawing
How to Draw the Spine Step 10

Color your illustration of the spine. Want to draw a full cartoon skeleton? You can learn how! Or perhaps you want to flesh out your own cartoon character? Check out our many people drawing tutorials!

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