In this tutorial, you will learn to draw a woman body basic anatomy with video and step by step lesson.
In this post, you will get
1) A model sheet of a female’s figure
2) A drawing video instruction shows you how to draw a basic female figure in a body tight outfit.
But before you watch the video tutorial, I urge you to look at the model sheet below. You can right click and save it for future reference when drawing. It reveals the typical proportion that most use by artists and illustrators. This woman body proportion model sheet study I did recently and updated in early 2012 from the old version in 2007. I also have explanation and detail on the proportion below the image.
Here is a woman body or female figure anatomy proportion sheet. It shows figure from front, side and back view.
To determine the height of female form, divide the height by 7 heads, and work from there – you’ll see there are specific ratios for certain areas of the body. The measurements are determined by head units – one of the 7 divisions you set up is the size of the human head – everything is in relation to that one size.
The body height = 2 3/4 heads
The legs height = 3 1/4 heads
The shoulder width = 2 1/2 heads
From the ground to waist line = 4 heads
(hip or pelvis will be slightly wider or slimmer depending on the body types)
Distance between rip cage to shoulder = 2 head
Distance between nipples to shoulder = 1 head
Distance from thighs to knee cave = 1 3/4 heads
Bottom of the knee cave = 2 heads from ground level
For further reference, you can look for any book I have in my art bookstore.
Note that: You can add extra head for heroic looks or supermodel effect on your figure. Loomis mentions the standard proportion technique causes the figures to appear slightly too short and stumpy. In order to create more of a well defined form, some exaggeration is needed,You can alter the proportions slightly to exaggerate features, but you shouldn’t stray too far from the guidelines above, otherwise your figures will appear disproportional.
Side Note: Model-sheet itself the post are probably not the most flattering for women form, they are just for beginners and intermediate alike to study and check for accuracy and such. One of the most critical thing to keep in mind when drawing female or woman is to convey their feminine (or otherwise) through their body languages. It would be best if an artist can capture her character’s very essence and convey or communicate through your lines, sketch, drawing. Like a poet describe a beauty of his lover. Visually artist can communicate with showing images of her body language, gesture, and movement. You have to find what make them feminine, how sexy female stand or sit or lay.
The best way to study figure and all artists have done that for century is studying from real people, life drawing sessions is the necessary for all artists.
You should also get reference books or download my premium drawing tutorial, how to draw woman body, or any other art books are highly recommended for supplemental materials if you want to learn more. Below are a video lesson that I demonstrated how to draw a basic woman’s body.
Here is a basic drawing video tutorial how to draw woman’s body with cloth.
In the video, even though she is in the normal standing pose. It looks better than the pose on the model sheet because of accentuation for the body arc. Naturally, you will want to put a figure in “C” or “S” curve to make it more appealing to the eyes. If you want to learn more, you can get our premium +2 hours tutorial: how to draw woman body to support us and keep more free content coming on this blog.
I hope this post is helpful to you guys.
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Below are bigger images taken from the model sheet.
Below are the drawing video demo art lesson how to start out drawing basic frame of a woman’s body or gesture drawing. This video contain only how to draw gesture, but not the full anatomy drawing.
For full 3 hour of video tutorial go to how to draw woman body premium tutorial
Below are some figure studies from life drawing session. I drew them a while back in 2007. These are somewhat quick pencil sketch, most of them are 3-5 minutes.
Have a good day.