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Manga Female Anatomy by AnDrew19787 Manga Female Anatomy by AnDrew19787
Tutorial to help those having trouble with drawing girls. I'm still learning myself, so this is a reflection of what I learned. (It isn't perfect, but what is?)

:bulletgreen:No part of the female body is exactly straight; there are always curves.
:bulletblue:Girls are usually about 6 heads tall, but that can easily vary.
:bulletpurple:The head is as wide as the rib cage (which you can draw as another "head" to help with the shape).
:bulletpink:When the arms are relaxed and down, they are slightly bent in and level with the crotch (in my case, the lowest point of the crotch is the highest point of the wrist). It is also where the midpoint of the body is.
:bulletred:If you draw a straight line from shoulder to shoulder, you get the collarbone.
:bulletyellow:Thighs can go as wide as the shoulders.
:bulletorange:Legs always curve in to the knees, and the lower half of the leg is smaller than the upper half.
:bulletblack:For sideview shape, torso tilts upwards and hips tilt downward. Connect a line between the two to get the tummy. Ribcage and lower tummy stick out, while upper tummy goes in.
:bulletwhite:Head leans forward slightly and there's a deep curve in the back.

Remember, the place where a child is kept is about where the back, waist, and upper tummy are at their narrowest.


Used 2 references for this, one being from here [link] and the other from a book. Thanks to both for helping me understand the female's body a lot better!

If I'm wrong on anything, please correct me so I'm not misleading anyone.

==Update==
Thanks to :iconkriraen: for correction on manga-real female differences.
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DandelionPoof Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where's the space for her organs
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I beg your pardon?
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DandelionPoof Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's no room for any internal organs in her torso! Her waist is way too narrow and the torso is too short. No woman's back curves inward to that angle... even in manga. Also a full grown woman, even in manga style, is more around 6-1/2-7 heads tall and her limbs aren't that thin. Muscle and bone have mass to them. Women have body fat, too! Even a slim girl doesn't look like this. She looks anorexic...
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
You are right, but remember I said in the comments that I was still learning back then and this wasn't perfect. Plus, there are manga styles out there that are even worse in anatomy than this, which isn't actually supposed to be "Perfectly Realistic [Manga] Female Anatomy" after all. (Though in my opinion I think the proportions are really what throws one off, because you would have to think about the actual size of the organs...)
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Russialyland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Can I use the art for a reference to show my friend what one of my OCs look like so she can draw it for me hopefully?
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TDIRules7103 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
This is helpful,because i used to always only draw girls and ever since i started praticing dudes i forgot how to draw girls.. :P So very useful.
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imushrooms Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so usefuuuul n_n!
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Girlformer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*copys pastes prints than HUGZ IT!!* thanks you for the info!!!
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newtonthenewt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work, especially clean pencil lines, it seems. :)

But "No part is exactly straight; there are always curves?" Doesn't that go for pretty much everything except robots? ;)

Then again, I'm not drawing manga, so I'm not really one to criticize.
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, manga males tend to have bits of straight lines in a few places, but it really depends on what they look like. Same with anything else, including robots.
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newtonthenewt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see.
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DizzyLizzy101 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Looks good. Mine end up looking too tall...... Comes from drawing extremely tall guys.
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Normally in manga, girls are shorter than boys. If you keep that in mind, you should be able to fix that.
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DizzyLizzy101 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah, I know.... Got a bit of a problem with that...... I'm still trying, though.
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Kriraen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
It's not actually true that a female is 6 heads tall, that's just commonly seen in manga/anime style. Same with a lot of the tips you give. This is good advice for drawing manga style, but actual anatomy is very different. You should clarify which you are talking about.

I also recommend taking proportions from photos or actual models rather than tutorials if you want to be more accurate. A good source I have found for fairly accurate proportions is [link]

Hope this helps, and thanks for posting! I know people will find this helpful.
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks a lot for letting me know. I was actually referring to manga/anime style females, so I will clarify that.

Thanks for the advice and link too, I will put them to good use. ^^
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K9cat13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) I was just doing this last night... Posting my pics some time today.
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Coolz. :)
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K9cat13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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Hiroshira Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Writer
good luck man ^^
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