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Uploaded: March 7, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: March 7, 2011
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I was watching this movie about dancers and how hard they train to become good at what they do. There are all types of dancers, and even though some of them have bad reputations, they are still considered a dancer. Today, I thought I would get a little creative and submit a lesson that is based on these female or male performers. You are going to learn "how to draw a dancer", step by step, and she is going to be dressed really cool, and have a lot of character potential. The concept for this character or figure is based on a few different things. I wanted to give this dancer a combination of looks and as you can see those looks are Asian, and Persian based. Out of all the sketching, lining, designing, and coloring I did, my favorite part this this figure is her outfit. I think it came out so wonderful and it really brings out the dancer essence as she stands there with that serious body form and expression. Dancing is as old as time and it is something that will always be in existence just like music. There is an age old saying that goes “when there is music, there will also be dancing”. It doesn't matter what type of music you listen to or what type of dancing you like to do. I have to say that there is one style of music that really can't be danced to and that is rap. The only thing you can do while listing to this type of music is bop your head, wave your arms, and maybe bounce back and forth. There is also some fun music to dance to and even though I'm not fond of the music, it looks very entertaining. The music I am talking about is country. Anyways, whether to agree with me or not is not the point. The point is you will definitely have an awesome time as you follow this tutorial that will teach you "how to draw a dancer", step by step. Let me know what you think of the figure because this is definitely a drawing I would like feedback on. Peace people have fun, and enjoy your drawing day!

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How to Draw a Dancer

how to draw a dancer step 1

STEP 1.

The first thing you want to do with drawing a dancer is make the circle shape for the head like so. Then you will need to draw out the torso shape and then add in the guidelines for the head, and arms like so.
 
how to draw a dancer step 2

STEP 2.

Here you will draw out the bottom half of the dancer which is the pelvic, and legs. This dancer is in a pose where her legs are crossed over one and another.
 
how to draw a dancer step 3

STEP 3.

The next step to drawing a dancer is sketching out the spade shaped head and face like you see here. When that is done you can draw in the lining for the mask, and then draw the eyes, and nose bridge.
 
how to draw a dancer step 4

STEP 4.

Continue to draw out the face behind the mask. This includes the eyes, nose, mouth, and all the designing on the mask. When you are sure that you have the face sketched in the way you see it here in this step, you can move to step five to sketch out more of this dancer.
 
how to draw a dancer step 5

STEP 5.

Now begin drawing out the very big and wide headdress for this dancer that I have created for you. Once that is done, you can draw a cap in between the headdress, and then start the arms.
 
how to draw a dancer step 6

STEP 6.

I drew the dancer holding some big., beautiful fans in her hands that are used as part of her dance routine. The front lining should be drawn in a wavy pattern, and then move to the next step.
 
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STEP 7.

Okay guys, here is the step where you will be drawing out the body of this dancer. The first thing to do is get her torso drawn out which is just the sides of her torso and the outline of her breasts. Next, continue that same lining as you draw out her waist, hips, thighs, and lower leg. I exaggerative a bit with the style of leg but you can sketch her legs to look thinner, thicker, or more shaply.
 
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STEP 8.

What you need to do now is finish the drawing of her legs and then draw in her feet which are perfectly posed.
 
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STEP 9.

Now the fun really starts. Slowly, and patiently start sketching out the material designing starting with the headdress. Now you have two choices here, you can choose to draw the designing I drew here, or you can go a head and create your own design concept. Do this designing for the fans as well, and don't forget to draw in her hands that's holding the fans.
 
how to draw a dancer step 10

STEP 10.

Now what you will be doing here is drawing out her fan like sleeves that are oversized, loose, and they hang from her upper arms as they are held together by buttons. Once you have drawn in the sleeves, you can draw in the lining that forms her top. Draw the band around her waits, and then move to step eleven.
 
how to draw a dancer step 11

STEP 11.

Before going to the next step, all you have to do is draw out the lining that forms her leggings. When that is done draw the thigh bands on her legs, and around her waist. This is a really awesome performers outfit.
 
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STEP 12.

And finally it's time to finish her off. Carefully draw out the train of her clothing, and be sure to draw every ruffle, and every fold. When that is done, draw the lining for her trim, and then draw the bottom band around her ankle. Erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a dancer step 13

STEP 13.

This is what your dancer looks like when you are all done. Now you can have even more fun as you tackle the coloring aspect of the drawing. I hope you had fun with this tutorial on how to draw a dancer.