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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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aidypie80pi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Very helpful. thank you for the tutorial :aww:
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.
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.
flyrocreator Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  New member Student Artist
so pedagogic
DrunkenOodDalek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god XD 
"google image search: your mom"
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 
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!
ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice and helpful!
PyronomicalPete Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very helpful, thank you very much! RAINBOW LA 
sophiebybophie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
NICE! So glad I found this ^3^
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