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Female anatomy Reference by DeviantTear Female anatomy Reference by DeviantTear
This is a tutorial on how I draw the female body. It's just how the female body is drawn in my style along with some tips on how I deal with it. This is by no means the only way to draw female anatomy or the absolute correct way to draw it. I myself am still learning and correcting my anatomy skills. Thank you.

Female counterpart to the male reference I did. Not as lenghty as the male reference either.

Ugh I hate drawing boobs. I'd rather draw men.
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HerosLegend Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Thank you for sharing this.
JoyChan1 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very useful, thanks!! :D
TheSushiKitten Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This helped me SO much! Thank you!!!😄😄😄
AleuTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Student General Artist
Can I just say thank you so much for drawing this ref. Most female refs sport either an hourglass shaped woman with relatively large breasts, and they usually look like they weigh more than the men! I know people say it's better to have meat on your bones and curvy looks more fem, but honestly no one seems to give consideration that slender women are thing.

Even my own friends say my characters look too slim, or their breasts are too small, or their hips are too narrow and their butt isn't big enough. I can definitely draw an hourglass lady for sure, it's just that all the characters I have made have slender body types. I praise you for making this beautiful ref and that excites to see its similar to my own style and if Im ever having trouble a body, I will always look at your reference:)
shebyperez1995 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Student Writer
Just finished the top half of the tutorial and it looks good. Thanks!
Kariru851 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Can I download this so I could use later please??
DeviantTear Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Kariru851 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Thank you so much I appreciate it (^-^)
Bookworm247 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thank you really helpful
MayFlorence Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hahaha, I have the opposite feel when drawing the muscles or pecs or hips of a guy... I'd rather just draw girls, with their nice curves XD Thank you for this. Also, do you usually draw with squares/boxes and rectangles rather than circles and ovals? Thanks again! Have a good day/week/month/year!! :D
MajesticJadey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Artist
I love this so much thank you for making this it helps a lot with practice <3!
DaveHz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! visualizing the blocks at the beginning is so helpful!
Whitelili123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.^^
KandaHaruka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip.^^
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much, this helps alot!
llamalime Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really helped, thanks! :) (Smile) 
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Nikeekun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're display picture says otherwise! :)) anyway, thanks! :) 
xX38I8Xx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I'm uncomfortable With Breasts As Well, And I'm A Female! I'd Very Much Rather Be Flat Chested, As Well As Draw Men. Fool Emoji-03 (Depressed) [V1] 
Bassy4ever11 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you so much this is really really helpful :)
Zoushi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This helped a lot :) Thank you :D
pawcanada Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful. Thanks for this :D
Poppineyes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
This has helped me so much. Thanks =)
HigashiKaioshin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my!
thank you so much >w<
Alankorgriffin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
boobs are indeed formidable opponents, thanks for helping me master them xD
broror-nam Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you so much! i need to practice drawing women ;-;
aixeris Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Woah,thank you !
IT'S SO EASY NOW!!!! Thank you. This is *very* helpful. :D
Exodus101 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind making a tutorial for drawing male/female eyes?
Pixelsmedia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so much! This will help me to achieve my dream!
KIWIGIRL1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This helped me so much with my drawings! Thank you so much. ^w^
DaisyGirl3000 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This helped. :)
ParadoxPhrase Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Breasts don't look like that naturally but I assume that's your own artistic tweak. I'd say for someone still learning anatomy your grasp it pretty well! There are also different female body shapes which might be helpful in your understanding of the female body if you're interested.
I'd say a good way of manipulating the body into more various shapes is to tinker with shoulder to hip width. Generally women's hips are built wider then their shoulders (not always but most often at least). Average breasts usually fall a few inches above the elbow (this also varies depending on breast size). Something I've definitely noticed is that guys for some reason have a harder time at drawing women anatomically accurate. Vice verse for women who try to draw men.
Something that helps with hip to shoulder width and where the waist should 'pinch' in (slightly) is by drawing an X, the bottom part of the X being the widest part of the hip and the top of the X being the widest part of the shoulders. Using the X to frame the body outside of the X should give you a basic form of the Hour Glass body shape. This shape is actually the least common among women (I thing only 8% of women have it but I could be wrong). The most typical shapes are Pear: there the woman has wider his than shoulders and tend to be more bottom heavy, and Banana Shape: A stupid term for it but anyway, this shape is equal in hip and shoulder comparison but the waist does not come in as drastically, making it more straight figured. Hips and shoulders can be wide or narrow it's just the waist that only curves in slightly.
From there you can manipulate the sizing as you please. When drawing a woman from the side, the spine should slope outward a bit for the butt starting where the hips are in the front.

Anyway, hope this helps? Didn't mean to ramble!
SnuggleWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this! You're a big help with both this and the male version!
This helped alot ;w; I can finally draw a female body~ Thank you for making this! :dance:
Usako89 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
AquaXranoX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow thank you!
DatGurlThar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU! this helped so much ; w ;
ChaseNNN Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much !
o0CookieConundrum0o Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the way you show the shapes used is a HIGHLEY helpful way to show the basic shapes of how you structure your drawing :O
no one else I have seen tutorials on has ever shown it like you do, it's quite simple THANK YOU!!
SnailTankProductions Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
hey thanks for this, its really helping!
PROAnzu4Eever Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
This is really helpful! Thank you! :D
BigMasi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Simple & great!
animeheaven97 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
ANATOMY, HERE I COME!!!!! Maybe now I'll be able to draw anatomically correct people...
Leira15 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
So helpful
ovlibion Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
VERY NICE!!! Imma give it a try thanks!!!
MediaViolence Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Can I leave a little crit since you said you're still learning?
In most of the drawings the boobs are far too high on the body, not that they're being held up by invisible bras, not that kind of high, they're just attached much too high on the body. Try bringing them down quite a bit, at least half a boob height from the size of boobs you have drawn here.
The other thing that jumps out to me as really off is her hips and butt. Not everyone woman has a big butt or big hips, but they're usually larger than these. Part of what really differentiates the female form from the male is that where men are an upside down triangle, ladies are more two triangles standing tip to tip. (hourglass is often true, but also often idealized lol)
The front views at the top aren't bad, but the side views she seems almost concaved (or emaciated like someone said below) because she literally has no butt. I'm not saying she needs a BootyPop, but more than what she has there would be more accurate. (Ladies accumulate fat differently than men afterall)

Since you say you draw men more often (which I do too lol) I'd say just sit down with some photos and sketch sketch sketch~ Your lines are really great, just work on the form some more and you'll be acer~
DeviantTear Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tips =)
TokalaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. SO. much for this >w<
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