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Just a quick reference guide to different bodytypes of the female figure. Please consort the genius illustrators of yesteryear for more in-depth knowledge.

Sorry if this chart offends anybody in any way, this is a very boiled down view of the complexity and diversity of the female figure.

Such illustrators that are experts of anatomy:
Frank Frazetta
Steve Huston
Moebius
Tanino Liberatore
N.C. Wyeth
Dave Stevens
Jeffrey Catherine Jones
Bernie Wrightson
Richard Corben
Norman Rockwell
Dean Cornwall
Gil Elvgren
Katsuhiro Otomo
Nishimura Kinu
Paulo Serpieri
Barry Windsor Smith
Michael Kaluta
Paul Bonner
Joseph Sheppard
Andrew Loomis
John Buscema
Burne Hogarth
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bogmonster Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great analysis.  thanks.
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NamelessAidan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015   General Artist
Very cool and helpful basis for trying different types of female figures.
I like that all your "models" look so confident as well.
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SoumaArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
I have to practice!
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LadyAoiAzuma Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is truly helpful! Thank you!
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Shinybulbasaur09 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Aaaaayyy thank you 
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iloveartsomuch12345 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Cool!
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JesterOfLullaby Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Wow, there certainly is a lot to consider for body types.
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Senseless-Surgery Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I NEEDED this.
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MetaWings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Neh
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Neh what?
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MetaWings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I didnt think that you would even read this
Is was just some comment to myself
And i couldnt delete it later x-x
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, alrighty. 
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nearlyconscious Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful! Thanks a lot for sharing!
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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CLE2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome
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Kukaruto Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This was really helpful and very informative, I appreciate you taking the time to make this. That goes for the male figures as well.
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LayGrey Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Good reference! It'll come in quite handy since I'm not the best at drawing women. 
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Seavannah Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks so much for this. Not only am I very happy to see drawings of bigger gals...so tired of the barbie/Arnold Schwarzenegger/Ken Dolls and have been looking to make a few drawings/3d models with the bigger/more realistic body frames, but also love the simple lines that you have here where I can see it better than looking at models all day, it is hard sometimes for me to see the simple lines in humans.

The only thing though I understand this is a basic tutorial and all... but would kill for one with the back turned I have a real hard time with that. Lol my bottom ends up either to high or too low and the back fat on either gal or guy is just very hard to visualize and get it as humanly right as I can to look more realistic. Especially in sculpting 3d models I need to start of with a rough shape first and I get lost lol. 

Do you have any backside images or know of a good more in-depth tutorial for weight on humans?

Again thank you so much and take care. :)
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
First off, I'd say to employ this technique that figure instructor Burne Hogarth lays out in this image:
www.conceptart.org/forums/atta…

If you don't have trouble with the front, you can use lines to makes sure that features line up properly from a different angle. 

As far as backsides go, scope out some photo reference.
This is a good tumblr for figural reference:
figuresfordrawing.tumblr.com/

Also, there are two illustrators that are the kings of backshots, haha. First off is Frank Frazetta, and second is Paolo Serpieri(be warned, many of his images are pornographic). Those two can give you a good idea on how to draw female characters from behind.
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Seavannah Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the info! At least Serpieri has some bigger girls (to a certain degree). lol he really loves the backside, never seen his work before, thank you. I am a Royo fan but he only has women like Frazetta and not many bigger gals. Also a Joseph Michael Linsner fan and he draws bigger gals too, but not many backside either, his comic Dawn is based on a bigger thicker hips and sometimes bigger body gal but she wasn't big enough. Hard to find bigger gals and guys just simple line drawn tutorials. Yours is the only one I have ever found and it will help so much thank you.
Wish there was someone that gave full tutorials on bigger people but I have not found it except for porn and I need just an outline drawing not that because I still cant see it when they are real people, such a bad thing to say I know if I want to call myself and artist, I can see environments and structures and see things in shadows and lights but not human song know why. 
Also most artist put too many muscles in the art and it is not what I need.
Yours is and at least I have that I think I will try your idea of lining it up from front to back and then go from there again thank you so much.

P.s. the reason I really want it is to make not only drawings and comics but to maybe do some fashion for bigger gals lol
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
I might look up the work of Mitch Byrd as well, he likes drawing bigger girls and has a fairly simple line style.
A quick google search will bring up most of his work, but he has some stuff here as well.
comicartfans.com/comic-artists…

I have a 'how to draw' book of his scanned in, so if you want it, I can send you a dropbox link or something. If probably has some drawings in it that would be helpful to what you're looking for.

No problem, love to help!
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WinterSong12 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing and super informative!!!!
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kenziep Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Could you please place them in a more uniform position because it makes it difficult for me to distinguish between the different body types when they're turned in different directions.?Other than that it's a fabulously helpful tutorial. :)
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
I put them into different positions intentionally to showcase their differences in certain areas. You might see more of the changes in the body if viewed from a more side view as opposed to all of them being from the front.
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kenziep Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student General Artist
:) thanks for putting it that way I understand now, thanks!
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificence and most appreciated.
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. And it shows that you can be sexy no matter your weight :meow:
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ASimpleGlow Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't thank you enough for this, very helpful
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Kanaheme-Zakinki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
This is very helpful. :D I'll definitely look at these when I'm in a bit of a jam designing a character.
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archwings99 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm petite and full-figured. Basically I wish I was thinner and a bit taller but I have oc's with realistic body types instead of barbie bodies. Only two characters have a thigh gap.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thigh gaps are one of my pet peeves, that's for sure. 
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spuggey Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have trouble drawing women. Thanks for this!
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Anga300 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Damn, I want the Big girl. 
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xAquoticXWolfx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
I like this
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for sharing this! It'll help a little
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this free to use ? 
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Free in what way?

As a resource, it's free. For you to reproduce in any way? Nope.
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohhh ok.... hmmm if i wanna draw a chubby lady with a dress? hmmm ok... :-) 
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah, feel free to use what I've drawn as guideline. Don't trace it or anything, but just take into mind what the tutorial is saying, and study from the artists I mentioned.
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohhh ok i post it and reference to you ofc.... then you tell me if i need to do something with it ok? erhhh meby i sude use y self as a model..... 
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah, take references photos whenever possible, they help immensely.

You don't necessarily have to credit me, but you can if you want. :)
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohhh ok i try plazz tell me if i need to take it down again lol 
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Cadellin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
In general I try and take my own reference photos, especially with odd hand poses. If you have someone who doesnt mind you photographing them, its a good trick to work out a pose. Much better than tracing others.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
When I was drawing, years ago, I got hold of a book put out by Marvel Comics. I recall that one of the things they wrote was that- for their characters- 7 heads high was the way to go. I see your chart says almost the same thing (8 heads).
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Was it How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way? Great book, John Buscema is a genius.

Yeah, 7 heads is probably the most realistic and natural, which I personally prefer, but 8 heads is usually cited as an artistic ideal, possibly dating back to classical antiquity. 
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BlueProwl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Brilliant! As I was looking for a guide to drawing men I was also looking for a female one too. Now I have one. thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

Until someone creates a program where I can take what I see in my head directly onto the screen... I think this guide is going to become my new best friend.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Glad I could be of assistance!
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satknightcat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Filmographer
this is really helpful. thank you for making this 
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Ghastasaur Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Awesome tutorial! 
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