So you can’! draw women, or all your women look the same?
I can help with that. Women come in all shapes and sizes,
but they' re all beautiful and blah blah blah. Let' s get to the
From a purely artistic standpoint, this is an
average woman. Important points: shoulders
and hips are the same width, with a defined
waist. Wrists and ankles are slender. Shoulders
are soft and sloped. Thighs are full and meet
in the middle. Nipple height is exactly between
I the shoulder and the elbow. Hands and feet are
small compared to a man' s.
Gnome image search: “dove campaign for
Girls tend to hit a growth spurt below theirselves
come in. so teens around age 13 will often be
gangly and long, with nanon hips and flat
or mostly flat) chests. Thighs are skinny, just
slightly dder than the calves. waist is slender
but less defined than the "average" woman.
Similar to the "fashion model‘ type, but shorter
and less bony.
Childbirth tends to give women roller hips and
busts. The nipple line may be lowered the chest
than more. The waist is often less defined, and
the overall shape is more like an oval than an
Gouge image search: your mom
C u my
Basically the same as the ‘” type,
except with a waist. Don' t be afraid
to draw this type with very, very round hips
and lull thighs _ Just keep the calves and
Boogie image search: Christina Hendricks,
Models are generally very tall, and so appear
to have longer legs and arms proportionally.
Extremely thin to the point of being bony and
pointy, fashion models often have small
breasts and proceding collarbones. Very
similar to the “early teen" type, except taller.
Thighs are almost the same width as the
calves. when she stands straight, there
may be a gap between her legs. Arms may
have an almst concave shape to them.
Gnome image search: "runway model”,
vows Secret model”
Body is shaped like a diamond, with the waist
being the widest point on the body. The bust
and thighs are also much bigger, and the
nipple line is just above the elbow. The
shoulders lose all definition and form one
big curve. However, the wrists and ankles are
still slender. Legs are : thick at
the top and getting increasingly small at the
bottom. Face is rounder and neck is wider.
Quayle image search: "plus sized matter,
The Biggest Loser’
Important points: add subtle tone and muscle
definition in the shoulders and thighs, and keep
the rest slender. A female athlete will often have
square, defined shoulders, with subtle tone in
the biceps. Swimmers and gymnasts in
particular have wider shoulders. The waist is
trim, the bust is often (not always) small.
Thighs are sometimes wider than the hips,
and the calves are . The chunky
thighs and shoulders help set this
body type apart from the fashion model, who
is skinny allover.
Gouge image search: Jillian Michaels,
Yuan Yuan Tan
This is not an exhaustive list of all possible body types.
Most women are a combination of several types. Hopefully
this guide will help you spot the differences between women,
so you can start drawing female characters with intention and