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female body tutorial? by lihsa female body tutorial? by lihsa
I can't believe I'm submitting... well, I won't call this a tutorial. It's actually just a collection of notes and things I sketched down, which I thought someone else might find helpful.

As you can see, I'm rather lacking when it comes to the male body, and could probably use a few tutorials myself.

Edit: Ok, rather belatedly I'd like to say thank you thank you thank you for the DD, and every single comment/fav!! It's amazing to read that this is actually helping people! Please keep in mind that this is meant only as inspiration- there are a million more body types than the handful I used this method to describe. Do the random combination exercise, reference real people, go out and make the world a beautiful and varied place :)
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female body tutorial? by ~lihsa -- Suggester's words: is a clever, fresh look at how cartoon and anime artists can break free from formulaic interpretations of the female figure. Her exercise in how to vary the size and shape of a female body is quick, easy to understand, and when you try it, you'll instantly feel like you've leveled up your understanding and skill! I've recommended this tutorial to all my friends! ( Suggested by animatey and Featured by FantasyStock )
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
A more than merely good look at a problem from which I, too, even as solely a writer, suffer, that of making bodies too similar. That mental exercise is a great discipline to apply before I make the first word of body description in my stories. (Now to apply it, oops.)
phlogiston2312 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it and your point about women not being all one size is true. The tips that you gave are good and helpful
BurlyJim Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this! I've just begun working on weight and musculature, and this is really helping me vary my female characters.
MyVIVI-N Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like to switch up the body proportions! This is really helpful. Thank you so much!
XPrayForTheHeartless Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
AbsoluteSpring Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
I really like this tutorial. Will we see one for the male body in the future?
ApesFangs Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
The banana look like pearl.
HUfan330 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You have given me something very valuable O.O Thank you so much for this!Panda Emoji-01 (Clapping) [V1] 
KittyCupcakeO3O Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly helpful!! Thanks so much
lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
very informative. 
faniatejeda Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial. Very helpful
Toshi81 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for sharing the notes! Sameface and Samebody have always bothered me ever since I realized that almost every guy in the Dragon Ball series looked the same. Thankfully, I've travelled some distance on the road to overcoming those issues! The female figure on the other hand... has been the bane of my drawing hand for years. So I gratefully accept the aid which you have offered! Thank you! :)
Awesomely-Happy-Hero Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what? It would be awesome if someone could make a set of "body type dice"... like, there would be four dice, one for bust, one for waist, one for hips and one for thighs, and you could roll them to get a random combination which you'd then have to draw... who here would play that game? XD
Lightning-in-my-Hand Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Why stop at dice? Take a deck of cards, assign a part of the body to each shape and assign different looks of that part to each number and shuffle everything up.
Awesomely-Happy-Hero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH! Come to think of it, that would be a lot easier to make than dice... everyone! Go make this! X3
RossetteLovejewel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
ILuvVegeTarbleTrunks Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would :0
SeerWalker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
hmm, i've got a small bust, large waist, small-to-medium hips and large thighs. well, that's just great.
Animeluv314 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super awesome! 
Deerdryad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Oh man, this looks really helpful, I'll definitely try it out! Thank you for making this!
Ilovedrawingxx Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
so helpfull! thx
Sweetarts116 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is uber helpful! It helped me start to work my way out of drawing the same girl over and over with different hair.
I have crooked middle fingers too!!! I'm not alone!!!
Lurithme Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Too much helpful, thanks!
GriseHirondelle Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the way you explain it! I'm going to try it inmediately :D
Ren-chii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very helpful!^^
YoutubepoopPinkFloyd Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are we all talking about the fingers?
ChiefRunningWall Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
my pinky is bent in.
slashmonkey Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see the "apple" shape included. People AAAAlways forget about the apple shape. Gets pretty disheartening as a female to never see your body shape as an illustration of what "female" is shaped like.  Thanks for the love!
JoannaFaire Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
... one of my middle fingers is crooked like that.
this-is-a-paradox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Artist
I have a big problem with stereotyping all sorts of bodies, probably only because I'm too scared to try what I might not be good at. I think I'm still trying to find out who I am as an artist so thanks for posting this. I will definitely think about body types a lot more. : )
crashmypartyhard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
both my middle fingers are crooked. it's weird, but cool.
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I'll have to try the exercise one day, because I have fallen into the stereotypes of body sizes for my females. It's time for variety!
VCuicatl Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
That was a very funny way to explain everything well, and also i find it very usefull, thanks :D
wit-knee-jones Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
lovely! Thanks so much!
Lulu-y-s Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot this was very helpful to me !! I am struggling with bodies for a while now.. This helped to clear many things up!! :) thanks again
dracostarhome Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
haven't heard of the "banana" shape before... that was interesting :3
KiraLawliett98 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student
FINALLY! D: a lot of artists in dA need this (between ._.) since long time I wanted to learn to draw female anatomy without falling into stereotypes...
De-Magicks Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful tut!
Still can't draw butts though.. >.<
J4B Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very interesting to read through. I like it.
YoMo715 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found this on tumblr and THANK THANK THANK :iconiluplz:
this is ridiculously helpful!!!

aggggghhh your art is so pretty ;u;
RivuletPawprint Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A very helpful piece of work. Thank you for posting.
piesn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! Thanks!
x666NiGhTmArE666x Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Thank you so much for making this. <3
innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really amazing. Thank you for making it. :)
Socks-With-Stripes Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Yes. Finally. Something really helpful on this topic. Very useful.
Electra1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this very much. It will help me develop characters more!
KathlynNicole Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
This was SOOOOO SOOOO helpful! I think I'm going to be using this while I doodle in class tomorrow... XD
syra-music Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's very usefull! thank's!
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