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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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TheEpiCool Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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tmulll Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
3 words... THIS IS AWESOME!!! :D :D :D
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Sifani Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Helpful.
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ScarlettVampy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! i really enjoy seeing this, it really useful for reference but if you dont mind may i ask you a tutorial about body construction? i really suck aat anatomy
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Inspector-Spinda Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep reading runway model as "runaway model" and it makes me laugh every time
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ScarlettVampy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
same here XD
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FluffyBunny321 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be fashion model cx
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GotlandGamer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Can you do one for male body types?
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student General Artist
This is a super helpful breakdown, thanks for sharing!!
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Dominique-Lefalle Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Nicely done! 
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student General Artist
More to learn is always good. Thanks for sharing.
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Carl-McIntyre Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student General Artist
This rocks!
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Lollipopfop Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
cool
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Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this!
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7-WasabiPerson-7 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Artist
I absolutely love this. Thank you so much! Hug 
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G3oM Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you =D this really helps me studying the human female anatomy!!!
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FurryFoxMedic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
These are very helpful. I'd say I'm probably a mixture of curvy and plus-sized.
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FlareKeeper Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
This was amazing
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Mokkwill Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Thanks for making this ! Found thin on 9gag xD 
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pinkmanati Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Awesome! Thank you!
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Gelefant Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are some very nice bases, kelleybean86. Lots of variety. I pretty much found exactly what I was looking for.
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puppetkatrina Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is really helpful!
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klevry1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I am trying to draw a smaller character with little to no curves. Her figure is to such a point she is mistaken often for being a young male. I'm not sure how to proportion her since I have very little experience and all the tutorials I've seen have done little to help since they usually conform to more curvy figures. Is there a specific anatomy map I could use to ensure I can get my proportions correct without having to adjust the desired figure of my character?
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You already described how your character looks - little to no curves, appears to be a young male. What's wrong with the pre-teen girl body type?
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klevry1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...hmmm..I guess I don't know how to draw without hips...I can't even draw males for this reason
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The only way to learn is to draw lots of men from photographs and from life.
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klevry1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, never thought of that
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Kenpach54 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
"Google search: your mom" XD
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OverProtective Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That moment when you show your 13 year old sister this and she says..."So im middle aged now?"
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EnderChekhov Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha who says girls have to look like standardized? I just have a hard time believing the artist googled 'your mom' as a reference because all I get are terrible internet memes. Lol
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OverProtective Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No offense to you or the art! Its actually very good i just rhought that was funny.
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plain-rice Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super useful, thank you!
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ShortWideGuy Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great 😃
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FurryRainbowBeast Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
This is very helpful and nice work :3
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SpringSakura14 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Thank you so much, this helps a lot ^^
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shypegasister10 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Perfect! Just what I need!
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khspoon2000 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super helpful! Thank you!
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student
Oh, Posinger(I) got this.
Thanks.
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crazyvv123 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
very helpful, thank you!
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xDixyx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Sooooo helpful, thank you!
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k3nnyk3n Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
This is pretty dope.
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sampea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Nice.
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SaijeeHiguchi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting read.
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BMSweetie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
OMG I love this tutorial! Thanks for doing this! It helped me a lot<3
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booknerd55 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen this before and it has helped my drawings a LOT, so thank you!
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KeoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one wants the fashion model lmfao
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! It helps.
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aidypie80pi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Very helpful. thank you for the tutorial :aww:
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Drake-Darkess Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, I really appreciate it. It would be awesome if you could do one for males.
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