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Female body shapes by ravendark82 Female body shapes by ravendark82
I decided to do a quick tutorial about body shapes. Yes, women come in different sizes and the only way to know that is to observe women. No one tutorial or one lesson will be able to tell you everything you should know. A serious artist will absorb good information and search for more. A bad artist will see one example and think all learning is done. This is my one lesson and I hope it will help to enlighten someone.
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Talicia23 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist
This looks great.. I would definitely be the hourglass
mothIing Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
they are literally the same size with just minor differences....
PandoraRose22 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so simple, yet so helpful. Thank you so much
Ryujisama Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I can understand how learning different body types can better your art, but your tutorial isn't very convincing about the examples you're trying show your audience. Maybe I expected something a bit more exaggerated to more clearly get the examples across, but they're really too subtle to notice. Really, the only difference I've immediately noticed is the height for each one in the second row.
ravendark82 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I understand. But I had seen a couple of other body type tutorials that had the differences really exaggerated, and they were critiqued as "no one wants to draw fat women!" or "no real woman is shaped that way!" I tried to go with thinner people as that seems to be what most people draw, and in thinner people the differences can be very subtle, as body shapes depend a lot on fat distribution.

That said, this is the very first tutorial I have put together, and I was planning on doing more tutorials where I showed each body type with more variations and exaggerations. I haven't gotten responses back from some of the people I have asked as to how I can improve the tutorial, besides "I want to see body shapes". I am happy to go more in depth but am unsure what others would find helpful. Should I just draw a lot of variations in the apple shape? just a few with an explanation? photos of real life examples? etc. What would you find helpful?
Ryujisama Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
The "no one wants to draw fat women" or "no real woman is shaped that way" comments are only some 12-year-olds who haven't seen a real woman outside of what t.v. has shown them. There are people who do share features like that, and yes, not all of them are skinny. Those comments should be ignored, because most of them don't know what they're talking about.

The idea where you post a picture of a real-world example next to a drawn example, actually sounds like a great idea. Variations of a certain shape wouldn't hurt, either (this would be a good time to show that the differences can range from subtle to not-so-subtle.) As this is your first tutorial, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt this time, but just keep in mind that it's easier to show examples of something where the things you're trying to point out are easy to spot to those who haven't seen it before, or are just learning about them.
BangieCreatorGirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
This helped me figure out my bodytype XD

(Is an hourglass)
ravendark82 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, I am glad you found it useful. :)
AlfredoJDeLeon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thank you, may I use this as a reference?
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