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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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Drl-Omniar Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i think ill use this when i start to draw female characters from my fictional universe.
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haileyRockss Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, I've been using this as a reference since I started drawing years ago and I never looked at who was the original artist and now that I know, I've happy. I'm sorry that I never fully appreciated you, and thank you for making such a good reference!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad that you've found it helpful. Keep drawing!
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:iconhaileyrockss:
haileyRockss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) You too! Thanks for putting lots of good material out there!
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:iconkrontriolle:
Krontriolle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
"google image search; your mom" 
roasted
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XXfnafloverXX53 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Student Filmographer
THANK YOU I LOVE THIS
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:icondegenprincess:
DegenPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! Simple to replicate, clear lines and angles; it will be very helpful for me to learn how to better proportion my art!
Thank you for making this! 
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Kat-plus-percabeth Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! Well drawn and shows you don't have to be skinny to be beautiful!
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:iconsazame-kusaka:
sazame-kusaka Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great and so useful!! Do you by any chance have a version for drawing men?
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:iconmew2kaiser:
mew2kaiser Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
working on a strong female character for a comic atm- so this helped a lot ^^
thanks a bunch :D
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:icontoastybrain:
ToastyBrain Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can'tdraw the female body worth a shit.

This might help, however.
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:iconswagalpaca92:
SwagAlpaca92 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all my drawings are average
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:iconraykiller567:
Raykiller567 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i use the athletic and curvy 
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Nukeatomic Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
links to teen pls

JK

I'M NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON
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:iconcutesnowfox:
CuteSnowFox Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Artist
can i use like a base ?
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:iconthelittlethingz:
thelittlethingz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really good. it's an awesome reference sketch
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:iconnashyo:
Nashyo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your mom
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:iconrenbaco:
renbaco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
wtf im triggerd stop
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:iconnashyo:
Nashyo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its what it says on the drawing xD
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:iconrenbaco:
renbaco Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
thats no excusue im stils tirigerrd
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:iconnashyo:
Nashyo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay??? ._.
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:iconartsykidatheart:
artsykidatheart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Body types are always so hard. I feel like everyone I draw becomes vaguely noodle-esque after a while.

Hopefully I can learn something from this!
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TheEpiCool Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital 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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Osterreiq Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General 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 Digital Artist
I keep reading runway model as "runaway model" and it makes me laugh every time
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Overwatchperson2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
Lol same
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ScarlettVampy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
same here XD
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Violeta-Adopts 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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:iconwaterlily-gems:
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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:iconblackkusanagi:
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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:icong3om:
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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:iconfurryfoxmedic:
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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:icongelefant:
Gelefant Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Traditional 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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LemonyKatrina 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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