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Draw Female Body Types by kelleybean86 Draw Female Body Types by kelleybean86
If there's one thing I'm good at, it's drawing attractive women. So I thought I'd write this little guide on how to draw women - all types of women.

This isn't about basic human anatomy. It's more about learning how to expand your figure design vocabulary, so you can draw more interesting and intentional female characters.

I've also included some basic suggestions for Google image searches for some types. Because the best way to learn to draw women is to look at lots of them. Hopefully this guide gives you some references for what to look for in female figures.


EDIT: Thanks for all the fav's! I am surprised by the response this is getting. I don't plan on doing a male version anytime soon, because I'm not very good at drawing men.

EDIT AGAIN: This is a generalization of body types, based on common stereotypes. You can get pretty much any body type by mixing and matching the ones listed. There's no "right" or "wrong" body type for a woman - there are overweight teens, model-thin moms, plus-size models, etc.

This is meant purely for illustration purposes, and illustrators often have to communicate in stereotypes. If your client asks you to design, say, a soccer mom character, they're probably expecting something like the "middle-aged" body type. If you drew the character with the "model" body type, your client might be surprised and say "no, make her look more like a mom." So you have to be able to know what that looks like and how to draw it. It's not always politically correct, but it's the reality of the business.
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Rexlare Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This actually helped me a lot... don't suppose you could try one for males? 
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Slygrace Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is both amazing and helpful!!! Thank you very much!!!
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GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, This helps so much!
now, If I could only find one for men figures...
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TheDerseDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I have an athletic body type and I'm in no way athletic. Why does the world hate me so?

And going away from that, thank you for this. It's helpful.
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Wolfscarnations Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Birthday Sign 
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R-E-T95 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent. I like how you have draw the different general body types for women. You should do one for men if you haven't already.
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PhilipJeanPierre Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome, outside of live model session this helps me work you  a process of being diverse in my female characters. If you don't mind I am sharing this to my facebook page :)
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Noguy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mind if I use this as reference?
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UxieWriter Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really useful!!! thanks!!!
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wolvenlied1989 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. It's very helpful.
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