How to Draw Women

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When drawing women, understand the differences in proportion between a male body and a female body, place the figure in a rather feminine position, and accentuate the longer torso and wider hips. Draw a generic female figure with a demonstration from a professional cartoonist and illustrator with this free video on drawing.

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Alright folks in this clip I'm going to teach you how to draw women, no easy task but I am going to try my best to show you how. I am going to start with the head. Now one thing I should keep in, or one thing you should keep in mind is that the female body is in no way shape or form like the male body. The only thing they really have in common is you know they do share similar body parts, arms, legs, and so forth obviously but the human body is very very diverse obviously and there are big differences between females and males in terms of just the way you even approach setting down and drawing them. So I'm going to teach you the best way to draw a female body and it is very unique in many many ways. So I'm just giving myself a starting point by drawing the head, just a basic head nothing too fancy right now and I'm going to give you sort of a feminine pose to build off of as I draw the neck there. We are going to come out and we are going to give her shoulders a little bit of an upward bump to them because she is going to have her hands resting on her hips so we want to build up for that pose essentially. Then I am going to come down and draw the chest area. Again I'm just drawing a pretty much a standard, not nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary regular female body, nothing too extreme whether it be too skinny, too fat, just the basic. I am going to draw her bicep area moving on down to her forearm and her hands are going to be resting on her hips so what I am doing here is just kind of preparing her body for that pose and just kind of draw the hands right in there and then what you'll do is you'll kind of build around that and start to come down and kind of draw the hips coming outward sort of like that and then that will move into the pose for the legs. Now I'm basically just drawing the outline as of right now and one thing that I'm going to do here is draw one leg sort of in front of the other and it looks like this little girl will end up being a little bit suspended in the air but that's o'kay we'll just pretend that she can fly but I'm drawing, the way you can see this is I'm drawing one leg slightly behind the other so that when we go in to fill the details later this leg is a little bit more prominent than this one. So that is basically the outline of our girl. That can be sort of a super hero pose I suppose if that's what you are really going for but basically that is just to give you an idea of the figure. So then we'll do, we'll come in and give her some clothes so you can begin to see how that all kind of falls in together and be the waist area, then come down here and we are going to put a skirt on her I suppose like that and then this is again just to give you a rough idea of the size and shape and you could obviously come down here and like throw some shoes on her if we wanted to. It looks like I'm kind of turning her into a ballerina with those slippers but you get the idea, that is essentially just a basic female pose and one of the best ways to learn how to draw the female body is to learn feminine poses and that really helps your drawing clearly stand out as this character is a woman so there you go.


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