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Basic Female Torso Tutorial by timflanagan Basic Female Torso Tutorial by timflanagan
Step 1: Skeleton
Sketch your basic structure outline. For the torso we will of course need the vertebrae, ribcage and pelvis. Don't worry about sketching these the -exact- shape of the actual bones. Note that on average, the female shoulders and ribcage are more narrow than the male's, and the female hips are wider than the male's.

Step 2: Muscles
Sketch in the general shapes of the different sets of muscles. Check your muscle layout with an anatomy chart or constructive anatomy book. Number 1 marks the top of the iliac crest, where the pelvis protrudes a bit. Number two marks where the meat of the leg bends. Here is a very important item: breasts come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and they are chiefly comprised of fatty tissue. Breasts will look different depending on whether the figure is clothed or nude. Breasts react to compression, and they are effected by gravity.

Step 3: Skin
In this stage, you're making your sketch look like it is a normal, naked torso. Decide which areas should be defined, darkened, or lightened. Good references for this stage would be a fitness magazine, sketches from a life drawing class, or a constructive anatomy book. A horizontal line through Number 3 will show the placement of the nipples. Important items to remember are that the average female body has more body fat than the male's (yes, this is both normal and healthy), and the average male's body has more muscle mass than the female's -- especially in the upper body. As such, you will notice less muscle definition in the average female, lending to a smoother and more curvy figure versus the more angular male body. Sometimes, it appears that the rectus abdominus muscles on a female flare out at the bottom all the way to the iliac crest; however, this is not the case. The swell of the lower abdomen most often masks the delineations of the underlying musculature depending on the lighting on the figure and the figure's stance.
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HarlequinLozenges Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
If I may be so prudent, where (from which book etc) did *you* learn to draw the anatomy like this? the first basic structure looks familiar to me and I can't for the life of me remember which anatomy book I saw it in, it would be terribly helpful if you could remind me
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
This is a combination of things I picked up from various books, online tutorials, and practice. There is a variety of common ways to approach figure layouts, and this one is from a skeletal base. If you're looking for good "how to" figure drawing, I recommend these:
George Bridgman's "Complete Guide to Drawing from Life" or "Constructive Anatomy"
Jack Hamm's "Drawing the Head and Figure"
Burne Hogarth's "Dynamic Figure Drawing"
"How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way"
pretty much anything by Andrew Loomis
basic anatomical charts are helpful as well
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animecasual Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is so useful

Thank You so Much!
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Kariru851 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Can I download this please?? It's really gonna help.
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Like, download it to your computer?
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Kariru851 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
Yes, but to my phone.
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
That's fine, that's what the download button next to dA images is for - assuming that the mobile app has it.
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Kariru851 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Awesome!! Thank you so much :D
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luckyspirtwind Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 thank you i was running into problems on drawling the on finding a tutorial for the torsoSweating a little...  Pencil   Gallery Grr.
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ClassySecretAgent Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hi, I saw this and was just wondering if you have anything more detailed than this tutorial. Do you have a video where I can follow along, so it will make learning a lot easier for me? And if you do, can you provide links, etc? I would appreciate all the help I can get.
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timflanagan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
I don't.  I'm sure you'll be able to find something that fits more what you're looking for through searching on YouTube.
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Bobsterama Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Thanks man. Your guides and tutorials are really helpful. 
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jlj280411 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Thank you for your sharing.
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embraceofstarlight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
That's an amazing tutorial to start with for a beginner! Thank you :dalove:.
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bluemooze Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015   Digital Artist
This is so helpful!  Thanks
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Sowwl Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so helpful, thanks <3
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AmaliaPond Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!
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anniearmrest Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
extremely helpful
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NSEC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thank you for your effort.
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Wandering-Fez Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This will be very helpful!
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cyan117 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   Artist
Dude this helped a bunch thanks alot (=・ω・)ノ
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kellyHyuga Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
very useful friend thanks
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hollowguyver Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Thank you so much sir or mam you no have idea what kind of hell i was dealing with in drawing human torso's, i can't thank you enough.
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Allthatmathers Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful !
thank you for sharing it with us :)
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Xeitense Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helped out a lot, thanks for posting this ^u^
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Kyonkun87 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps me a lot! I was looking for something that gives a full turn around. Thank you, very very much. I am creating a character and I need some help drawing out the skeleton. I can take a picture and draw it just fine. But for some reason I can't start from a skeleton... Also I am creating the character I am making in 3d as well. Again thank you.
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ShopKey Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I was looking for!
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stevep12 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
very nice work !!!
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Chrisferpy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Excellent contribution
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Electra93 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Hey do u mind if i use your turtorial sketch, i got an idea for a sketch but i always have trouble at the body work. Nice Job!!
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Sipper-Paws Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This is really helpful, thanks :)
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MourantLune Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I've been looking for a good Female torso muscle reference.
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Tamagochi11 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
=D thats great
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Mirk217 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
:love: :) :+fav:
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Sabz0r Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, been searching for this for a long time <3
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lukub Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
really helpful, thankyou.
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gigasbelias Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
This helped me a lot :)

Thanks XD
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poowulpi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been featured! :la:

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tumblebunny Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
nice breast formation. lol just kidding great job!
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sweetpink88 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is really helpfull :iconiloveitplz: thanks !
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valeriadgarcia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
very nice. :)
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9Rzk6 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man your male tutorial and this ,are really useful! thax ;A;
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Prasadstudios Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for Reference
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Sonicrush47 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
nice
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ObssesiveDisorder Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Ya~ Found one and an amazing one, thank you for making~~
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nisha420 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
thats really helpful...thanx to devainsART.
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student General Artist
cool
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Constraticron Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will definitely be helpful in the long run.
Thank you for putting this together!
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TheBeastyDragoness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you! This is so helpful for my alien specie's anatomy! :D
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