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How To Draw A Woman's Body

How To Draw A Woman's Body

Professional artist shows you how to draw a woman's body. Keeping in mind proportion and attention to detail, this film on drawing a woman's body is not one to miss.

Step 1: You will need

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Ruler

Step 2: Make a scale

When we think of a human body, we generally imagine it as larger than it actually is. But if you divide it up, you would actually find that a head will fit into it eight times.

So first of all to help you draw the body, draw a line down the left hand side of the page, and divide it into eight.

Step 3: Draw guidelines

Next draw 8 horizontal guidelines across the page, using a ruler if necessary. You now have 8 sections on the page.

If you look at the finished drawing, you will see that each guideline correlates to a different point on the body.

Step 4: Head

Firstly, begin with the head. Head's are never circular, they are always oval shaped, like an egg. So carefully draw the head between the first two guidelines in the first section, allowing the chin to rest on the second line down.

Step 5: Neck and Shoulders

Remember, the head is a heavy weight, so make sure you give it a thick enough neck. Sketch a line each side of the head for the neck and allow the line to curve into the shoulders. Draw a slim pair of shoulders, but don't make the shoulders to broad. Remember this is a lady. The curve of the shoulders should begin about halfway down the second section. Sketch out the collar bone across the middle.

When you come to draw the chest, use the third guideline.

Step 6: Torso

Draw two lines for the torso, going inwards slightly. The belly button is located in the centre of the fourth guideline.

Step 7: Hips

Now carefully sketch the hips by drawing outwards from the belly button so they lie roughly in line with the shoulders. Remember, women have broad hips. Draw the crotch which is located at the centre, resting on the fifth guideline.

Step 8: Legs

As you draw the legs, the sixth guideline denotes the bottom of the knee. So carefully draw the kneecap to rest on this line. Use seventh guideline as the location of the shins.

Step 9: Feet

Try and make the feet rest on the bottom guideline.

Step 10: Arms

Now draw the arms down either side of the body. The inside of the elbow will be in line with the belly button on the fourth guideline, and the fingertips will rest by the thighs, roughly on the fifth guideline.

Step 11: Proportions

Lastly check the proportions. You should be able to sketch a triangle with the hips forming its base and the point of the triangle reaching the neck. Have a look at the area around the navel and check that it is oval shaped inside the hips.