I was asked to draw a guide on drawing fatties, but I… had no clue how to, so I figured I’d doodle up some examples instead. I generally have no clue what I’m doing when I draw bodytypes like this, ahaha. I really adore drawing chubs though, in case that wasn’t obvious yet.
A lot of my chubby characters are a bit on the stubby side as well, and I didn’t entirely manage to break away from that default… Honestly, though, as long as you don’t forget to add some squish on the sides and make sure to have the body balanced out, they’re pretty straightforward to draw, I think.
this’ll never help me out cause i can’t even draw.
but its still interesting to point out and also antje is a really good artist and knows stuff.
how to draw me :D
and may i single out in particular one incredibly overlooked fact of obese anatomy:
THE FEET AND HANDS ARE NOT BALLOONS. LOOK CLOSELY! FAT PEOPLE HAVE NORMAL SIZED EXTREMITIES WITH ROUNDED DIGITS, NOT GIANT BLUBBERY WALRUS-FLIPPERS.
i see this one a LOT in people who learned all their anatomy from largely homogenous animu shit, and while the results are not quite as horrible as the way a lot of mangaka draw PoC as being barely human, it’s… pretty bad.
(via Parka Blogs)
this is how i learned to drawing heads from different angles i promise you it can help
IMPORTANT ART STUFF
You know, you can read about these techniques all day long, but knowing the exact whys, and being taken through it step by step helps it stick with you a lot better.
Its own post because ask was giving me trouble BC
But man I don’t know how to explain it but examples are better! I guess a tip is I usually start with eyes/nose first and once I have that then I have the rest of the face to do the mouth. Which can be pushed more than this or less!!! Experiment! Add more details to lips, teeth, tongue, wrinkles, cheeks, etc.
I do feel like the mouths I draw have gotten rounder and it just turned out to give me more flexibility!
Another tip is to think about emotion when drawing mouths. Instead of a simple smile, a small tilt down or up can make a difference.
Hope it helps!
By me, Sara D. (Heh.)
I think it’s very important for artists to vary the types of bodies they draw! Not only does it add visual interest and diversity, but different body types can enhance your characters! (Plus it’s more realistic; when was the last time you walked down the street and everyone had the same body type?) I know I have a hard time drawing different bodies, especially with men, so I’m making this tutorial to teach myself as well (I’ve heard the best way to cement learning something is to teach someone else).
So! Bodies! I’m going to use women for this tutorial because I feel they have more variety in their bodies. One of the most obvious ways bodies differ is in their amount of fat.
On average, people store fat mostly in core areas like the bust, the waist, and the hips. It is important to remember that people gain and lose weight differently, and this is true no matter how fat or skinny one gets. However, these are common places people store fat:
The face and neck can be immediate indicators as to how much fat the rest of the body has; when someone loses or gains weight, it’s initially obvious in the face. This is possibly because the eye is (usually) drawn first to the face.
In addition to differences in the amount of body fat, bodies vary vastly in their proportions. The two main ways they differ is skeletally and in fat distribution. The hip to shoulder ratio is skeletal, and someone with wider shoulders might look more powerful or masculine, and someone with wider hips might look more grounded or feminine.
The torso to legs ratio is also a skeletal ratio. Someone with long legs in comparison with their torso might look taller than someone of the same height with a long torso, and they might also look skinnier.
(I say as I finally get some visual variety all up in here.)
Because the hips are also one of the places with the most weight gain in women, large hips can also be a matter of fat distribution. The three main places where the fat ratio really matters is in the bust, the waist and the hips (making up the core of the body).
While men usually carry weight in the belly area, the fat distribution can really vary with women. Some women carry more weight in the bust, some in the belly, and some in the hips/thighs. Some women carry more weight in two areas, like the bust and the hips, the bust and the belly, or the belly and the hips. Some women show no obvious bias to any area and carry weight equally.
Taking into account skeletal ratios, fat distribution patterns, a vast human weight range, muscle tone and age, there are endless permutations of body types. It would be a shame if you used only one!
Oh, and that first image looks really interesting as a gif.
Since people often ask “Alright, well this is fantasy! Why can’t we have boob shapes in plate armor?!” I decided to make a post about it. My frustration has nothing to do with historical inaccuracy and I’m all for imagination and freedom— but I’d like to (very quickly) illustrate this for you:
I purposely over-emphasized the shape of the two spheres in the armor so you can really think about this.
Look at the shape of the blue cups and the green line, think about the form of that on some beautiful ornate plate armor. A female warrior is charging into battle. In the midst of this, she trips! Or is pushed over, or takes a blow to the chest! So long as the force is on the front of her torso it really doesn’t matter for the conclusion:
She feels a sharp pain in her chest and hears the cracking of bone! Oh no, what’s gone wrong? Well she doesn’t have time to think about that, because she is now dead.
Her sternum just fractured, take another look at that green line, that’s where all of the pressure from any front impact is going to go because of the shape of the two blue cups made for her breasts. The rest of the armor slides around your body, but because of the two cups for breasts that are often made in fantasy female armors, the pressure point is directly on the sternum. The breasts are not going to stop the force of you falling onto them, and because of that the metal is going to push in and bash you in the sternum.
What does a fractured sternum do? Why it goes right into your heart and lungs of course.
(that was the sound of all of my followers inhaling a sharp breath between closed teeth at once)
Here are three great solutions to the problem:
GREAT EXAMPLE OF FANTASY TORSO ARMOR THAT IS FEMININE BUT FUNCTIONAL:
It is usually possible to bind the breasts when fighting if they really are far too large to fit into regular looking armor (there’s padding anyway), but most women can actually fit into a similarly sized male counterpart’s armor quite easily. Even if that’s the case, the armor can be made to have a curve to it without putting all of the pressure in one area, which was actually a style of armor for quite some time as shown here:
And don’t even get me started on the dreaded “Cleavage Window”
The “Cleavage Window” defeats the purpose of having any armor on your torso because it means you’re just going to be leaving open the vital organs the rest of the armor is trying to protect.
If people are going to protect themselves and not have much torso protection, invest in some blocking lessons, because the best defense is to not get hit at all. There are also advantages to not having plate armor, and plate armor was often really expensive anyway.
Making this post for future reference
Horse Hair direction charts
To those anons that have asked me.