How to Draw a Female Body

Two Methods:Front and Side ViewDraw Using Foreshortening

If you’d like to draw a female body but don’t know where to start, then follow this tutorial step by step.

Method 1
Front and Side View

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    Sketch the wireframe of the human figure. Learning about human anatomy and proportion is highly recommended if you want to draw more realistically.
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    Sketch the body shapes to give volume to the human figure.
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    Sketch the details of the human figure using the body shapes as a guide.
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    Draw the outline over the sketch to finalize the drawing.
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    Erase and remove the sketch marks.
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    Add the base color of the figure.
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    Add shading if needed.

Method 2
Draw Using Foreshortening

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    Foreshortening is the appearance of a 3-dimensional object to look shorter than its actual length depending on the position of the viewer. (Ex. The image shown is how a cylinder looks like viewed on its side, and how it looks shorter when one end faces the viewer until we can only see the circular end as it point directly towards the viewer.
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    Sketch the wireframe of the human figure. Note the left right arm and left upper leg appears shorter since it points towards the viewer.
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    Sketch the body shapes to give volume to the human figure. The same principle of foreshortening applies to the arm and leg since we use the cylinder to build the arms and legs.
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    Sketch the details of the human figure using the body shapes as a guide.
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    Draw the outline over the sketch to finalize the drawing.
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    Erase and remove the sketch marks.
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    Add the base color.
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    Add shading if needed.

Tips

  • When drawing the female body remember that a woman has smaller shoulders than men. It is a common beginning mistake to draw a woman with larger and bulkier alongside with drawing them too small. Look at proportions as you draw to make sure you are keeping the anatomy proportioned.
  • Space things out beforehand and make sure all your proportions are correct before going in with details. You don't want to end up putting a great amount of effort into dazzling eyes when you realize one's higher than the other.
  • The more you practice the better you get at it!
  • Compare pieces and parts of the body with other parts of the body. A finger or a pencil can help as a marker. Just look at the picture from a bit away with one eye squinted and see if it's spaced out correctly.
  • To check for correct proportions look at the image upside down. This is a great tip for those who are looking for accuracy.
  • Look in the mirror at the pose you are drawing, always check for out of portion limbs alongside with body parts.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil (mechanical was used in this example)
  • Paper
  • Ruler

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