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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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Lockettree Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  New member
For general bodies types this is a relevant guide, noting the key aspects of each type. Thank you for making this!
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ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice and helpful!
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PyronomicalPete Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very helpful, thank you very much! RAINBOW LA 
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sophiebybophie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
NICE! So glad I found this ^3^
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CoffeePilot Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes another great reference! You could compile all of these into a pretty comprehensive guidebook/pdf. Heck people pay money for books with this sort of stuff :)
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why doesn't that "early teens" description totally not fit me. :XD: I'm more like "average"... well, okay, people hit puberty in so different ages so I guess they vary a lot.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
These are generalizations, not rules. All women look different, and yes, we hit puberty at different ages.
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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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