How to Draw a Female Torso

How to draw a female torso

How to draw a female torso, and how is that different than drawing a male torso?

Hello and welcome to Anatomy of a Sketch!

Today we will be learning all about female anatomy, female characters, and how to draw a female torso.

How to draw a female torso

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Before we get started, I want to state that this tutorial is an anatomy tutorial, and is not meant to reflect anything other than female anatomy from an educational standpoint.

Anatomy of a Female Body

First off, let’s talk about the differences between men and women, as it pertains to drawing.

When we are drawing a character, and we want them to look recognizably like a woman or a man, there are a couple of differences we will note when it comes to the torso area.

First, women have hourglass figures regardless of what size that woman is.

female hourglass figure

Even in very slim or muscular women, you can still see the hourglass shape.

You can especially see this when compared to a man’s frame which is very much rectangular or square.

gender differences

This is because women have breasts, and our hips are wider than our shoulder width.

Sometimes, women’s shoulders are as wide as their hips but never wider.

Men’s shoulder width is always wider than their hips.

This is typical, even if it’s just slightly in both cases.

Female anatomy

Let’s look at a female torso from the side now.

Women still have an hourglass shape, even if you look at them from the side.

Our backs are more rounded at the top than a man’s, causing a dip in our lower back, and we typically have larger glutes than our male counterparts.

From the front, we have breasts, our abdominal wall dips in slightly and our lower abs/belly protrudes out to protect the uterus.

Women figure from the side

A male torso has less curvature.

If you look at the second photo below, you can see that the man’s torso is flat in the front, and his upper back has less of a curve as well.

Men’s glutes are very similar to women’s though, because our gluteal muscles all form the same way, and can be worked the same way.

Women only typically have rounder glutes, this is not always the case though.

male torso

Photo Credit to the Pose Archives, click the image to check out their Deviant Art page.

How to Draw a female Torso step-by-step

Let’s look at two examples of how to draw a female torso,

one from the front, and the other from the side.

How to draw a female torso

When drawing any character, I always start with three circles.

One for the torso, one for the abdomen, and one for the hips.

When I draw the “circle” for the upper torso, it looks more bean-shaped than circular.

As you can see below:

How to draw a female torso

These two characters are very different in body size and shape.

But, in both of these characters, you can see that they both have an hourglass figure…

hourglass figure

and that their hips and thighs are very rounded.

Regardless of size, women have softer and rounder curves and shapes to them than men typically do.

Rounded hips

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Until next time,

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