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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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AbnormalPerceptions 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Informative and very helpful :D
Elyan-Dreams Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this ref! Will be useful, I'm sure !
GlitchedVirus Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will be extremely helpful for me in the future thank you
The-Golden-Knight Mar 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This looks really good. :clap:
girl look at that body :icondatassplz:
Blossom5280 Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
can you combine the atlethic with the curvy?I'm just wondering because I have a curvy yet atlethic character
kelleybean86 Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, that's possible. Keep the curvy hourglass shape, but make the arms, abs and calves trim and muscular. Made widen the shoulders a bit. This is a good reference:…
Blossom5280 Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
ok thank you!I just had a hard time drawing her because of it
Rexlare Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this. This will help quite a bit I'm positive with my lack of experience in female drawings.
coldrules Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this, I have four different female characters to draw and this helps me out immensely
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