Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Fashion Figure

Before reading this, please read fully this tutorial; it goes into more depth about the human body, and prepares you for this. You can't hope to understand this fully without the previous tutorial.Link

Ok, so we've studied the basics, now to get more advanced.

The figure in fashion, as we all know, is very different to that of a 'normal' body. They are taller, generally have longer legs, wider shoulders and are slimmer because of this elongation. The
head always remains the same.
As you can see in the diagram, I've stretched the second skeleton to look more 'fashion'. I have not adjusted the width, but it does look slimmer. In general, the pubic bone on a fashion figure is placed higher, but I want to keep this tutorial as simple as possible.

The waist is also smaller, so (in reference to the previous tutorial) you'll have to "cut off" some of the edges of the ribs, considering this skeleton is presumably male, to create a more feminine curve.

Don't go too crazy on the height. A model is roughly one head taller than your average female, most of their height comes from heeled shoes, which adds about 2/3 of a head through the bent foot. So that's nearly 2 heads taller than an average female - you get me? :)

And then comes the waist - Don't. Go. Crazy. It looks ridiculous. be subtle, just be slightly more curvaceous, that's all you need to do. The wider shoulders will add to the waist anyway. (Shoulders should be ever so slightly wider, like... A normal shoulder's width is a head either side. So if you were to put 2 heads either side of an average person's head, the width would be equal to their shoulders. On a model, this should be slightly exaggerated)

You'll have to imagine the arms are fleshed out for the image to work, but in general, 3 heads is almost exactly shoulder width.

Ok, I think I'll stop there before it gets confusing. I will go into the more advanced stuff in detail sometime, but for now, happy drawing :)

- Hunni x x x


  1. It wasn't confusing at all, lots to take in and learn from, but very well done. Thank you

  2. Thank you for these wonderful tips! I've privately been trying to master SD graphics and in real life, art is my passion but making poses from scratch was always difficult. This helped clear it up and I really hope you continue on with these tutorials and lessons!



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