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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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klevry1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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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Kenpach54 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist 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  New Deviant 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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:iconkhspoon2000:
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 General Artist
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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:iconbooknerd55:
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
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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Ianeira Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your tutorial and I would love one for males cause I've a lot more trouble drawing them.
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flyrocreator Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so pedagogic
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DrunkenOodDalek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god XD 
"google image search: your mom"
XD
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AlishaTano Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I really could use this guide, I draw girls in the "Athletic" or "Early teen" style WAY too frequently... Blue Blush 
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Lockettree Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
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  Hobbyist 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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Sirisk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same! I felt that something was wrong with me when I read that.. x.x
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. :XD: Well, curves are nice. ;)
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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  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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xX-Derse-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  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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myhandstypewords Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
at least your not a mix-and-match. I have athletic shoulders and nicely muscled upper arms, and an extremely tapered forearm because of my pathetic, scraggly wrists and hands. My legs are ok I guess, but my ankles are so hilariously skinny that they look like they'll snap from the weight of the rest of my body... and they're connected to wide-ish feet for the most hilarious silhouette you will ever see.
So you see, the world indeed hates many people. 
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Wolfscarnations Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Birthday Sign 
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student 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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Aristodes 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
It's really useful!!! thanks!!!
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wolvenlied1989 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Thank you for this. It's very helpful.
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ResidentFrankenstein Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! I'm looking all over for references on different body types, especially for drawing athletic vs. curvier women.
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Aulyssae12 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Died at 'Google search: your mom'
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CrazyKiki8 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"google image search: your mom" omg 
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