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Tutorial - Curves on Girls by Ai-Bee Tutorial - Curves on Girls by Ai-Bee

Due to the overwhelming number of comments I don't think I'll be able to reply everyone.
To those who find this tutorial useful; you're welcome! I hope it helps you!
Be sure to check out the resource links and small FAQ below!
This tutorial was made in May 2013 and is due for an update when I have time.


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Hey! This tutorial is about educating, self love, and a safe space for fat women.
I do not tolerate fat-shaming. Harassment and hate will result in you being blocked, you are unwelcome here.
Do not throw other body types (skinny or otherwise) under the bus to compliment fat bodies. Drop that attitude right at the door.
I do not tolerate unwanted sexualization and objectification of fat female bodies. Dudes, this is not about what you find hot about fat bodies. 
Do not put this tutorial in fat fetish favorite folders. Do not leave comments about this fetish, I will flag you for spam.
 

That means inflation, weight gain, eating fetish, pregnancy (?? DIFFERENT SUBJECT ENTIRELY ??) or anything similar. The tutorial is EXCLUSIVELY meant to be educational and inclusive to promote body acceptance, not objectifying or for the sake of a dehumanizing fetish or a gross misunderstanding of the fat female body. I will not be placing tutorials here that condone any of the above or are drawn by deviants that identify as fetish artists for any of the above. Thank you for understanding.

I encourage you to read all the artist comments before asking questions, thank you!

I am not renaming this tutorial. There is such a thing as curvy women that are also fat. They are fat, and also curvy. And also fat! And also happy! ;P


Anonymous asked:
Do you have any tips on drawing bigger girls? I can never seem to make it look right, and I really want to draw different body types.
For you anon, and all the other people that ask me this question! “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”
There's always stuff I'll be learning, but I'm happy to pass this little tidbit to anyone that could use some guidance. I intend on doing a second installment of this once I've learned a little more and taken some time to practice critiques I was given for this one, covering things I didn't here; such as fat distribution on the face, neck, fat rolls, cellulite, and more variety in general. Thank you for the feedback! I'll do my best to answer any questions I can if they're not answered here.




Edit October 2013: I said characterization/backstory play a role in how I decide my characters body weight. I wanted to explain why, because I realized some people found my justifications offensive and unnecessary. I am sorry for that misunderstanding; I am very aware that diets don't immediately = being fat. I am very aware that genetics can just result in this bodytype, which is exactly what I was trying to explain (I realize I did a poor job of this.)

But what I was trying to show is that there is no wrong way to be fat. Everyone's body is welcome and valid.

You can be born fat and stay that way. You can be thin as a kid and grow up fat, just as some kids start out fat and lose it with age. You can be athletic and fat, or NOT athletic (read: don't confuse this with "unhealthy"), and fat. You can be fat because of diet, too- which I never implied as a negative. All of those reasons are okay and valid and real.

Again, I am sorry. I don't usually justify any of my characters' traits in ANY regard (weight, identity, orientation), but I thought it would be a good way for girls reading this to further connect to this tutorial. However, I'll keep this in mind for the future.





Other great curvy references/tips that may have some better points I may have missed. Welcome to suggestions for this list!
Reference Tumblrs/general help for all bodies:
helpyoudraw :bulletblack: fuckyeahreferences :bulletblack: Drawing Fat :bulletblack: Torsos :bulletblack: Body Shapes And Athletes
UNDERSTANDING ANATOMY: Body shape | Unique Shapes | Varying Your Body Types  | Bodies by height and weight

Feminine presenting tutorials and references:
Thigh Gaps :bulletblack: fat/chubby girls tutorial :bulletblack: How To Draw Female Characters :bulletblack: mooncalfe :bulletblack: Commentary on drawing Fat :bulletblack: Bramble's Guide to Drawing Big Girls :bulletblack: Chubby Girls (keep in mind some of these are caricatures, parodies, and highly exaggerated. Try not to until you understand the basics!)

For masculine presenting people:
"How to Draw Beef" :bulletblack: Sketches :bulletblack: Genchi art- drawing male bodies :bulletblack: cartoon shapes :bulletblack: Chubby Boys  (keep in mind some of these are caricatures, parodies, and highly exaggerated. Try not to until you understand the basics!)

Frequently Asked Questions


Can this work for guys/masculine presenting people?
Yes! Any of these shapes can apply to all genders! :nod:

But instead of two circles meeting specifically at the waist, instead they more often meet either lower toward the hips (big circle sitting on a small one, like a lightbulb), or higher under the chest (pear shaped) or just one oval/circle in the middle as well.  It depends  on the body type you're going for. You could also use "round squares" instead of circles for more blocky strongmen that are still big.

Also check out the tutorials listed above for masculine presenting tutorials.

nonbinary people as well?
For genderqueer, nb, agender, or other more ambiguous presentations, don't be afraid to mix and match traits. These are just guidelines, and there are definitely exceptions to any of these rules, especially for those not conforming to gender binary. Once you understand the gendered masculine vs feminine differences in shape placement you can definitely get creative. I do hope to do an all gender encompassing revision of this sometime but for now I hope this helps!



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Thank you all for the favorites, comments, and watches! :love: 
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:iconjoneshenry72:
joneshenry72 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
That’s as well nice, hope it will make a Rocking place for youth and I also Hope that will come true. Best of luck!! does mederma work for stretch marks
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ArianeVass Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! <3
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alicehamato121 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped so much! Thank you^^
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Pyritie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love all the massive disclaimers you had to plaster the description with just to avoid tumblr's rampant mob mentality :lol:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh tbvh all those disclaimers were warranted by petty deviantart fights over semantics above all else. Tumblr's honestly pretty good at seeing the value in/being supportive/protective of this topic for the most part! Don't get me wrong, the masses can ignorantly mob the opposite direction over something pretty damn easily too, but the advocacy of bodies over there is way healthier than here hands down :yum:
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Pyritie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you think that might be because tumblr's reblog system makes it easy to drown out certain comments, whereas dA's are all laid out, making it easy for anyone to jump in wherever?
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, for sure. I can ignore reblogs after a certain point if I want so I don't usually hear about it unless someone's argumentative enough to send me an ask. I don't get that choice here (unless I disable comments but it's still put "out" there and will just redirect comments to my profile page, no thanks) and the demographic here is a liiiittle bit different on top of that especially since it briefly got onto front page.
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FriedArtist101 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I've  have been trying so hard to draw girls who have a large body type like I do, but I've never been able to get it right. Thanks for this tutorial. Now I can start showing off some sexy curves C:
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theghostboat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional
Really, really helpful. Thank you for making this, and for all of the links!
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Art-chan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I know how I would look like if I was a comic character :P
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LoveSeaForLife Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
how pretty!
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Very useful tutorial. I think it's important for an artist to be able to draw people of all shapes and sizes
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Cupcakedog123 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student General Artist
I absolutely love it! Finally I can draw girls like me too! *Sniff* I'm so happy about the fact that many people have opened their eyes and noticed the beauty in every kind of bodytypes :')
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm soo happy to hear that! I hope it helps you! Hopefully I can draw more tutorials for this topic to help people even more someday :love:
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princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Writer
Lovely! I'm a chunky girl and sometimes it's hard for me to make chars that look like me. Now I can properly draw a char I can relate to.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that and I wish you the best luck with it! Baby steps and have fun! Practice makes perfect :love:
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny, but the last girl seems to have a similar construction or shape to my half-elf ranger, Lu'thea. Correct me if I'm WAY off: 40 Lu'thea; Outfit Concept by TheSkaldofNvrwinter
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say it's definitely similar, yeah!! Both the pear shape type, I'd say. Rockin character, I love the outfit you chose for her! :)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I except your character's shoulders aren't as wide, but that's ok. I can get a lot out of your tutorial.
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XiiSpendinAllHerTime Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial helped me A LOT! Thanks! :heart:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy it helped, you're very welcome! :love:
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PoisonousKoala Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
This has helped me so much in learning how to draw bigger ladies, and men, and especially just people in general. Thank you so much for making this tutorial. 
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to hear that it helped you universally!! Even if it's focused on girls the shapes can be applied to anyone! You're absolutely welcome, hopefully there will be sequels to this in the future :heart:
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Dark-Little-Darkling Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm yet another person who's glad you made this tutorial. I've been planning to make at least one fat female OC (one for now, anyway, as a start), and it's very hard to find tutorials about drawing fat females that aren't fetish related... And when one sees fat people in art on sites like these, it seems most likely to be fetish art, which tends to be at least a little bit dehumanizing. It's sad. :/

So yeah, thank you indeed for making this. ^^
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy to hear that! Baby steps are fine, every bit of practice it will get more natural! 
This site is RIFE with fetish art, even the fat+ groups, so I stress caution when you're looking around! :( I try to link to safe resources in my artist comments, and if you're interested I have a new favorites folder called "Positive Human Diversity" which is where I do a lot of the rifling through fetish work to find the positivity stuff. It's not limited to fat body diversity but it is something!

You are so so welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment! :hug:
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Black-Raven19 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of all the tutorials that I've seen for female bodies yours (and one other) are the best ones that I've seen so far!
No all women can have skinny waist big boobs and butt, and this does make me feel better about my body shape ^^
Amazing tutorial!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! I'd like to improve on this one someday but your comment means so much to me! You're so welcome! :love:
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Black-Raven19 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww no problem hun ^^ :hug:
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WeepingCloud Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD SO CUTE AND LOVELY AND INSPIRING!!! OuO
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you!! :excited:
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Liteblue-L13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good tutorial for beginners to different body types!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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Rightfield Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Curves means more to play with, surely!
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in terms of bodily diversity and acceptance; yes! diversity is fun to explore!
in sexual terms; not the point of this tutorial :)
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:iconrightfield:
Rightfield Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I wasn't talking about sexual terms but diversity and acceptance was what I was intimating. Seriously people can't have 100% the same body type. It's all in the jeans!
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fluffercat Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for this now I can practice drawing my self
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:iconai-bee:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to hear that, I hope it helps! You're very welcome!
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tenchibaka Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
thankyou! i get sick of tutorials that are just like 'add big tits and big thighs to a skinny char, voila!' this is soooo much more useful and reasonable
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes!! :eager: I'm so happy it can help you work with shapes outside of that, I hope to cover more on this stuff sometime!
Thank you and you're very welcome!
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tenchibaka Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
<3
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ValkyrieaKu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yea. Been wanting to make some of my OCs on the round side and this should help immensely! :D
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maistromanuel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for share this useful tutorial!, it's help me a lot
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tie-dye-flag Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, they all look fabulous~
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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blackflower944 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student
thanks this is really helpful :)
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey,

I wanted to thank you for helping me be more comfortable with trying and experimenting with body shapes further than the basic hourglass figure with more or less weight on. (That is what I usually found in tutorials... using the "ideal" body type with wide hips and thin waist and adding a bit here and there.) I just recently started researching how to draw varied people (since I got more comfortable with anatomy, I'm slowly catching up) and it's so encouraging to see what you do. Not just this tutorial, your and Tyshea's art in general, obviously.

I just wondered if you ever thought of making a tutorial for other body types, too? Like for short or super tall or thin people, since you are damn good with drawing those as well..? I know you posted a list of very useful resources, I just wondered if you are planning to continue with similar tutorials one day :)
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A slightly late response, but thank you so much for leaving this comment! :blush:
I'm so happy this could help direct you even a little bit. I've learned a lot since this tutorial, so I'd love to do an updated second version of this one when I can-  I'd definitely include other types, I want to cover body-shapes and how to make them. So yes, definitely would like to continue and expand on this asap! :love:
Thank you so much for the interest too, because there's honestly a lot more I could share on it now. :heart:
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ynne-black Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Sorry for super late response in turn (exam times)... you are very welcome :dummy:

I must admit I'm really looking forward to any possible future tutorial, or update of this tutorial, you might make. It would be wonderful, and I also believe very useful for many of us. :) Thank you for planning to do them
(But don't feel pressured to do so, please, it's your free time and generosity to share your knowledge and skills)
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AnimeCartoon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This can applies to boys? or no?
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