|The Normal and The Distorted Female Figure (Drawn by me :P )|
Since my main character is going to be a female one I am going to study the female anatomy and make sure I follow the basic rules in body shape and proportions. But first lets take a look at the way the female body actually looks and the way it's showed in the outside world.
Throughout the years, the female figure has been depicted in the form of paintings, sculptures, drawings and even literature. It has been an item of admiration and it is displayed everywhere whether it is adverts or posters. Nowadays though, the female body is more distorted than ever- it is the modern days' victim. It's been illustrated into a distorted way, a way that encourages young women (and even men) to follow these fake examples which sometimes results into eating disorders and people nearly loosing their lives to follow these ridiculous role models.
I want my character to retain normal proportions so the audience can identify with her. I am not aiming for something overly sexy but still make her feminine. I want to emphasize on her strong character and personality, mental and physical strength. So a few rules on drawing a female figure and its distortions in the media:
"For women, the ratios differ slightly as the average form is smaller then the form of an average man. The overall height is measured in 8 Head Units, but because the female head is proportionately smaller, the figure will be smaller.
- The body width = 2 heads wide
- Waist = 1 head wide
- Buttocks = 1 1/2 heads wide
- Width of calf muscles together at mid-point = 1 head wide
- Bottom of the knees = 2 heads from ground level"
Anime Body Proportions
"Body proportions emulated in anime come from proportions of the human body. The height of the head is considered by the artist as the base unit of proportion. Head heights can vary as long as the remainder of the body remains proportional. Most anime characters are about seven to eight heads tall, and extreme heights are set around nine heads tall."
The Human Body in Fashion Illustration
"Fashion designers work to a fantasy of what the human body looks like. They are taught how to draw human figures in a distorted, idealised way. The two figures in the middle are typical of fashion design drawings. Designs are based on these oddly proportioned, fantasy, body shapes."
Barbie Doll Proportions
"As a pop-cultural icon, Barbie is often used as art to express one's own personal opinions and views. Girls see female body images everywhere today and it's critical that parents and caregivers provide perspective on what they are seeing. It's important to remember that Barbie is a doll who stands 11.5 inches tall and weights 7.25 ounces — she was never modeled on the proportions of a real person."