How to correctly draw breasts.
Breast rendition

How to correctly draw breasts.

Using the examples below I will try to teach you how to correctly draw breasts and add convincing looking breasts to your female life drawings.

The most important thing to remember when drawing from life is that the Human body is not made up of solid lines. It is instead, a series of shades, tonal values, and shapes. By using these methods you can add shape and definition to any drawing by creating depth and form without using any hard lines. Even in the darkest of areas, there are no hard lines, only tones, and values going from dark to light.

For this tutorial on how to correctly draw breasts, I will use a Derwent Graphic HB pencil. I chose an HB pencil as they are the most common pencils found in households. I will also be using a standard cotton bud and tissue paper for blending which most households have also. If you don't have an HB pencil just use whatever you have and follow the tutorial. You made need to add more layers to your drawing but the principles are still the same.

Getting started.

So let's begin. For this demonstration, I will use one of the sketches from another page within my tutorials. This time however I will render it as if it were a nude portrait of a subject.

Outlining the body when drawing.

Important tip: Always use a sharp pencil.

Firstly draw a very faint outline of your subject as a frame for you to work within as shown.

Drawing breasts. Artistic portrait of a seated nude

 Try to get as much information in your initial sketch as you can. For example, draw faint lines to the edge of the shadows to show where they fall. As shown in the sketch to the right. Also, mark the direction and position of the hair, etc. Try to pick out as much information as you can. This will help you compose and build your picture.

Once you have your proprietary sketch drawn you can begin to form your picture.

As this tutorial is about how to correctly draw convincing breasts I will focus solely on the chest area. This should give you a clearer picture of how to render beasts in your drawing.

How to add shadows to a drawing of a breast.

How to form breasts when drawing

The first thing I always do is add my darkest shadows first. As breasts hang naturally on the chest they tend to cast shadows on the body. These darker areas always tend to be at the point where the breasts meet the body as shown. The further out from the body the breasts are the lighter they become.

With that done I take my cotton bud and carefully pull some graphite away from the dark line. By doing this I also begin to form the shape of the breast. In this way, a more natural shadow is achieved. 

How to blend using a cotton bud.

Forming shadows when drawing breasts.

As you can now see by only applying a little shading and by gently pulling the darker graphite out with a cotton bud the breasts are already starting to take shape and look more natural. When using the cotton bud gently move the graphite in the direction of the shadow and try not to press too hard. Pressing too hard may flatten the tooth on the paper which makes it hard to add the graphite. Next, I will take a piece of tissue paper and gently blend over the area again to remove any streaks. Again make sure that you do not press too hard as this may also flatten the tooth of the paper.

The next thing you need to do is to go back to your HB pencil and begin to add in some more skin tone. Only use gentle pressure as you do not want to go too dark. The best way to control your pencil pressure is to hold the pencil further away from the tip. This ensures that you don't press too hard.

Blending shadows when drawing breasts.

once you have added some more skin tone with your pencil you can then go back to your cotton bud to blend the graphite in. Continue this process of adding layers of graphite and then blending them in to build up your skin tones and add more depth to your drawing. If at any point you feel that you have gone too dark a great way to lift off the graphite is to use Blu tack. Blu tack can be used in the same way that you would use putty or kneadable eraser.

Building layers when drawing breasts..

How to get a sharp point on a pencil.

If you have a nail file or some fine grade sandpaper you can use it to get a really sharp point on your pencil. Holding your pencil at a slight angle, gently rotate it over the sandpaper. By doing so you can achieve a very sharp point. Once you have your point try to get into the habit of rotating your pencil a little each time you lay down some graphite. In this way, you can maintain a fairly sharp point as you work. Also by using sandpaper to sharpen your pencil, you will also get graphite powder. You can then use this powder to add layers to your drawing.

How to apply graphite powder to your drawing.

Use your cotton bud to pick up the graphite powder by gently touching it to the graphite powder. You can then apply it directly to your drawing in the areas that you feel may need darkening. Be careful when doing this as you do not want to pick up to much graphite powder at a time as it can end up going in places you do not need it.

Continue building layers and adding depth and detail to your drawing until you are happy with the basic overall look.

Blending layers when drawing breasts..

If you feel that you need to lighten any areas or pick out any highlights where the light catches your subject you can use either Blu tack or a kneadable putty eraser if you already have one.

How to draw realistic looking breasts.

Throughout the rest of the pages in this tutorial, you will be able to see examples of how the breasts sit on the chest. There are many examples showing the body is in different positions with examples of breast sizes, breast shapes and how they look on the body. All of which should help you to learn how to correctly draw breasts.