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.

DRAWING FASHION FIGURE

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.

1. HEAD

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.

DRAWING FASHION FIGURE NECK AND SHOULDERS

 

3. BREASTS

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 ?

DRAWING FASHION FIGURE BREASTS

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.

DRAWING FASHION FIGURE TORSO

5. LEGS

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.

DRAWING FASHION FIGURE LEGS

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.

6. FEET

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

draw-female-figure-feet

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.

drawing-female-figure-template

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 ✨

CHECK THESE TUTORIALS:

 

HOW TO DRAW HANDS

HOW TO DRAW ANY FASHION POSE

HOW TO COLOUR TANNED SKIN

DRAWING THE HEAD IN DIFFERENT ANGLES

HOW TO DRAW FASHION ILLUSTRATION FACE

Comments: 21

  • zhara September 16, 2016 9:26 pm

    i wanna to thank you very much that help me a lots

  • zahra September 16, 2016 9:31 pm

    i wanna to thank you very much that help me a lots

  • zahra September 20, 2016 8:08 pm

    this my training

  • elena November 13, 2016 4:19 am

    thank you very much, this is my training

  • Gael Sandoval January 20, 2017 3:20 am

    Hi. I’ve just found your channel and your an amazing fashion designer. Keep up the great work! ??

  • Cristal February 19, 2017 6:27 am

    Excellent tutorial! What about the arms? Maybe show a bit more detail on drawing the arms. I’m stuck. 🙁

  • joelyn March 25, 2017 12:03 am

    Thanks for the video. All the best.Cheers.

  • Anna April 6, 2017 2:40 pm

    how to add my train drawings here

      • Anna April 7, 2017 8:32 am

        thank you a lot, will practice 🙂

  • Carolina June 24, 2017 8:52 pm

    You’re genial! I love all your tutorials! They are helping me so much… Tano you ❤

  • Rem Nacua August 6, 2017 9:37 am

    I want to thank you very much maam Aliya because your tips made me good in sketching and designing so much. At first I thought it would be impossible for me such a beginner to make a good model and designs but after watching your videos and your tips now my confidence in drawing boosten up. Again thank you so much maam Aliya you’re such an inspiration to aspiring designers like me 🙂 😀

  • Iuliana March 24, 2018 11:24 am

    Hello! I’ve been watching your tutorials for a while. I like them very much and these helped me draw something that satisfies me. Thank you!!! I would love to add a drawing of mine but I don’t know how.

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