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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 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. This isn't a fashion magazine article about "What's YOUR body type?" Stop leaving comments like "but I don't look like that."  THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU AT ALL. It's about learning how to different body shapes. It's about expanding your character design vocabulary so you can draw more unique and intentional female characters.

Repeat: THIS. IS. NOT. ABOUT. YOU.

It's about learning to draw.
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KirbyFan99 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student General Artist
And I can agree that most mothers do indeed have that middle-aged body shape. I'd normally be mad at that, but I'm just saying it's a common stereotype, and I don't find it offensive at all.
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KirbyFan99 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student General Artist
I don't give girls breasts until they're about 18 or 19 years old.

And I practically never draw overweight characters because I don't want to insult peoples' body shapes.
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mmjay4 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
now I need to find something like this for men, this was so helpful in learning to draw
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Zeria-kawaii Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
Thank you so much . This has helped me a lot with getting better with different body types for my art . 
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fandomcheck Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have the middle age body type....I am 15.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Please don't compare yourself to the chart. The chart is meant to help people learn to draw, that's all. It's not meant for people to compare their own bodies to.

There is no "right" or "wrong" body to have. You are perfect the way you are.
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fandomcheck Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. Thank you for clarifying, but I don't find it offensive to see what body type I have. I don't really see why people feel bad about themselves. Just deal with the way you look and even joke about it if you can!
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Subjects1996 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
I hope this practice is good for beginners! Or maybe you have a few more recommendations for somebody learning anatomy in digital art?
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I would recommend taking some figure drawing classes at your local community college or community center. There are also some online figure drawing generators that you can use.
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Subjects1996 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
I took some drawing because it was required for my degree, but we didn't do anything regarding human nature other than faces - which really blows because I feel like the body is pretty important. I've never actually heard of a figure drawing generator though, I'll give that a try! Thanks for the response ^_^
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the whole body is important! The key to learning to draw anything is to practice drawing from life, from photos, and from imagination.
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Ob-Liv-ion Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg. I'm 13 and I got my curves but I'm tiny. Screech!
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Nerdee-Gurl11 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saaaame hon!
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MostlySerendipity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This'll help a lot, all my females have looked the same. :D
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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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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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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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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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WaywardWarriorDesign 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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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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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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SwagAlpaca92 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all my drawings are average
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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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CuteSnowFox Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Artist
can i use like a base ?
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thelittlethingz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really good. it's an awesome reference sketch
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Nashyo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your mom
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renbaco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
wtf im triggerd stop
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Nashyo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its what it says on the drawing xD
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renbaco Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
thats no excusue im stils tirigerrd
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Nashyo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay??? ._.
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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 General 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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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  Professional General Artist
This rocks!
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