HOW TO DRAW FEMALE FASHION FIGURE
This is a basic class that will teach you how to draw a proportional slim fashion figure. It is going to be a foundation class for other tutorials where the models are drawn in different poses. Mostly we will deal with the main torso and legs. I will show you how to draw fashion figures 8, 9 and 10 heads tall. If you want to learn how to draw head and face, check out this FSketcher sketching tutorial.
First of all, fashion sketching is not a part of realism. Of course, fashion figures resemble human beings since in many cases they serve to show clothing on human bodies. However, the proportions of croquis are far from real body proportions. So I find a comment like “real women don’t look like this” addressed to a fashion sketch equal to “this is not a real world” addressed to Salvador Dali’s paintings. Fashion sketch is an ABSTRACTION.
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Before you develop your own style of fashion drawing, you can practice by working with “standard” body proportions used by the majority of fashion illustrators. Moreover, classic croquis will be useful for preparing technical flats. So, let’s start working ✨
FASHION FIGURE DRAWING TUTORIAL
Take a look at the image below. These three figures have different proportions and hence give a different impression. The first one is really elongated and looks so “fashionable” and unreal. The third one looks the most natural. However, all three fashion figures have similar mathematics behind them.
IMPORTANT Please, check the “HEAD DRAWING TUTORIAL” if you haven’t yet.
Now, scroll down.
Usually, we draw head with the dimensions of 2.5 cm x 1.5 cm. I am going to use those numbers in this example. So, the length of the head equals to 2.5 cm (for the third example 2.2 cm). In all three examples, the length of a torso (from the chin to the bottom) equals to 3 heads, e.i.
HEAD LENGTH x 3 + 1 cm = TORSO LENGTH
2.5 x 3 + 1 = 8.5 cm
Why do we add 1 cm? Because, on the image, I am using the length of the head with hair. You can add 0.5 cm instead of 1 cm since I always draw quite a long neck.
Prepare head drawing (HEAD DRAWING Tutorial).
2. NECK AND SHOULDERS
Step 1. From the chin count down 1 or 1.5 cm and locate the jugular notch, a dip between the neck and collarbones. Draw two lines
Step 2. Draw two vertical lines for the neck (the width depends on figure type – skinny or athletic?) and two horizontal lines for the shoulders (shoulder width = 4 cm).
Step 3. With curved lines show the outline of the body.
Step 1. Locate the armpits. There should be enough space to put a small circle between the shoulder angle and armpit hole.
Step 2. Count 1 cm down from the jugular notch. Start drawing the lower outline of the breasts. For me, it looks like a tent⛺️ This is just one type of breasts, of course, and shapes and sizes vary. The outer outline looks like S in COSTA coffee logo ?
4. WAIST AND HIPS
According to our calculation, the length of a torso from the chin to the bottom equals to 8.5 cm. The width of hips is equal to the width of shoulders.
In order to draw an hourglass body, draw two intersecting diagonal lines connecting shoulder points with opposite hip points. Outline the body shape as shown in the image.
Well, go back to the image with 3 figures and the heads. As you can see, the leg lengths for all three models are equal to 6, 5 and 4 head lengths respectively. All you have to do is to calculate that length.
HEAD LENGTH x N = LEGS
FIGURE 1: 2.5 x 6 = 15 cm
FIGURE 2: 2.5 x 5 = 12.5 cm
FIGURE 3: 2.5 x 4 = 10 cm
If you divide that length by 2, you will find the knees. In our case it is 15 cm/2= 7.5 cm.
Step 1. Count 7.5 cm down from the crotch and locate the knees. Draw them as two closely located circles. Draw the inner outline of the knees as shown below (green).
Step 2. On both sides of the crotch slightly higher draw two circles. Connect them with the knees.
Step 3. In order to draw the inner muscles of the thighs draw one circle under her crotch and one more circle above her knees (3 and 3′ below).
Step 4. Draw the outline of the thighs as shown below.
Step 5. Locate the ankles going 7.5 cm down from the knee points. You can draw them as smaller circles. Put them a bit closer to each other than knees.
Step 6. Draw the outline of the calves. Pay attention to the shape of the muscles shown above.
By “the foot length” we mean the total length from an ankle to the tip of a toe.
HEAD LENGTH = FOOT LENGTH
2.5 cm = 2.5 cm
Step 1. Remember that the inner ankle bone is higher than the outer one.
Step 2. Draw the inner outline of the foot. It is steeper than the outer one. In the example, we are drawing feet in high-heels. For flats, the length would be 3/4 of the head length.
Step 3. Draw the outer outline of the foot.
Step 4. Depending on the shape of the shoe toe, finish drawing the foot.
7. FASHION DRAWING TEMPLATE
Download FSketcher free fashion drawing templates for all three types of female fashion figures and use them for your projects and as a base for other FSketcher tutorials.
8. VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS
This video-tutorial is dedicated to an 8-head tall body rendering. Here, I am using slightly different approach to the figure drawing. Check it out. You might find it more suitable for your drawing style.
9. SUBMIT YOUR WORK
You can submit your final work in the comment section below. You will get useful feedback from me and other students. Moreover, displaying your work will motivate you to draw even better ✨
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