View Full Version : Help on drawing women
06-22-2003, 04:21 AM
Anyone got any tips on drawing some women? I mean I try, but my women allmost allways turn out like transvestites or something? Im never happy with them! Im talking about the face, the body...im pretty satisfied with!:D But female faces...whats up with that?!?!
06-22-2003, 07:09 AM
Yeah, it's the same for me, man. Except even drawing the body is something I have to struggle with. So any tips would be most welcome.
06-22-2003, 08:12 AM
yeah i got the same problem. It helps if more people ask the same thing :D
WE NEED JUAN'S HELP !
06-22-2003, 01:45 PM
Have you ever tried drawing portraits of the women around you?
06-22-2003, 02:02 PM
i'm hardly the guy to give advice on drawing good women, but these things have always helped me.
get yourself a magazine with pics of plenty of beautiful women in it, and draw draw draw.
a few things to notice and to possibly exaggerate to accentuate the femininity are, the roundness of the jaw and chin. No lantern-jawed chicks. they'll always come out like dudes if you don't watch that. Also, sometimes making the eyes slightly bigger than normal, by a pinch, helps.
Be careful not to add too many lines to the face. the more lines the face has, the older she will look.
06-22-2003, 08:28 PM
Check out Figure Drawing for all it's Worth by Loomis. It's in the PJ links section.
06-22-2003, 10:34 PM
the site Peregrine is referring to is http://www.fineart.sk/ (http://www.fineart.sk/anat.htm)
06-22-2003, 10:51 PM
Alos on drawing womens faces is simplicity on a dudes face you use alot of lines to show the bridge of the nose jaw lines and other stuff to make him look ruff and tuff with a females face its the complete opposite use few lines and imply the rest for the nos you do little nostrils but not draw out the whole nosebasic simple lines for the eye and thin smooth eyebrows...remember the key is key it simple, fewer lines plus wht was said above draw from references over and over and over and when your good at it then get more refernces (preferably with more challengin headshots) and draw, draw, draw, draw and draw some more and when your really good at that then draw, draw, draw, draw and draw some more
06-24-2003, 10:05 PM
Buy a stack of Men's magazines, Playboy, stuff, maxim, perfect 10 etc. (if anyone ask's just say you read the articles ;)... and DRAW DRAW DRAW using them as reference. Constant practice and the repetative nature will iron the curves, proportion etc... ,that you need to know to draw a woman, into your brain.
Its also one of the best ways to learn how to draw different body types too. Artists like Adam Hughes and Alan Davis excel at this.
Althought some people may stand by drawing books, they are great to learn some technique, but you are only learning how to interpret what the author/artist of the book has already interpreted. So whenever possible, draw from life.
06-25-2003, 12:23 AM
nothing beats drawing from life, period.
but in lieu of that, magazines are an excellent choice.
06-25-2003, 12:39 AM
check out wizard #49 (i think) for greg capullo's "woman aren't just men in drag" (that's all from memory, but that was the issue that hooked me on wizard back in the day, mostly for that article)
i'm not even as good as tony, so i certainly shouldn't be answering if he's not supposed to, but i think drawing women is one thing, but drawing FEMININE women is another
it's all in the gestures...rob liefeld throws a big rack on a body so you can tell it's a chick, terry moore gives us feminine body language that SCREAMS female
so yeah, i guess just stare at as many girls as you can ;) just wear dark sunglasses and you'll do fine
07-01-2003, 12:09 PM
Hehe. This is highly ironic. I've been drawing women my whole life, that I can portray them pretty good without worrying about their proportions at all. It's my men that I have trouble with, but I figured it's just like drawing a female, only without the obvious additives.
If faces are your problem, I wouls suggest starting off with just heads. Work on those first, and then develop that as you go along. If you know facial proportions well, you know where the eyes, nose, and lips sit.
In general, the eyes of a female are usually softer looking, but sharper with defined eyelashes, while in men the eyes are harder looking, but more blunt with not as defined eyebrows. The nose on a female is usually more rounded and smaller, while their lips are more full and soft. Eyebrows are easy. Most are satisfied with drawing a simple line where the eyebrow stis. But I draw a line, and then go over it a bit to add weight to it, so that she doesn't look like a complete freak. Finally, the cheekbones are more round than a male's. I hope this helps you.
07-11-2003, 05:03 PM
alot of great advice so far but i got one more type of book/magazine you should look for. go to your local hair dresser and ask for their old hair style magazines/books becouse all that's in there is head shots and thats what you said you needed help on. and like everyone else already said drawing from life IS the best. good luck hope it helps;bat;
07-12-2003, 03:47 AM
i came across this (http://photographytips.com/page.cfm/374) while browsing through the penciljack links.
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