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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.

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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boardgamebrony Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
THIS IS AWESOME! This amazing tutorial alone has earned you a watch! I was so upset that I kept finding character pictures that only had one or two thin body types. Well now I'M going to make the awesome curvy girls! :D Thank you for this! It's inspiring :P
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
I'm so happy to hear that! You're very welcome and good luck! :love:
Oddsquad Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Since I'm introducing a lot more plus-sized protagonists lately this is really handy! Thank you.
randomness2014 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Thanks this is helpful.
smuppetition Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
thank youu! this is gonna be really helpful!
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
you're so welcome! :heart:
MAJESTIC-MELON Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LadyShallandra Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!! Curvacious women are oddly difficult for me, or maybe its just me scared to draw them that way too :/
My ocs need diversification... Theyre all skinny or buff, and it bugs me.
Big is beautiful and that needs to be said.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
I'm really happy to hear that! It can be hard to get started, and it took me a long time to learn how to really show it (not just a tiny bit chubbier) AND not be scared/stop having bad thoughts about it (cruel stuff media tells us) so be patient with yourself but keep practicing, you will get it! :love:
DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanx for sharing!
SmokingToaster Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Many thanks for posting this guide. It has aided me tremendously~! :3
TimberWolf887 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student General Artist
this should help expand my drawing capabilities! >u<
KionaAura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
I never said they had to be perfect circles... all round shapes are welcome!! :eager: 
FlosculousFox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks for not doing typical hourglass curve that everyone draws. 
KryptoniteRogue Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really have any fat characters - even the bigger ones are still a size or two smaller than I am (honestly because of my own body issues or something), but this is a really great tutorial. It's not too complicated and has different body types (as in weight distribution and overall structure), while also color coded to make it easy to read. I also really like how you draw clothes for some reason... And Rilu seems like a super fun char :D
Majjyk-Catfish Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is greatly appreciated! I finally have a guide/ reference for drawing much curvier girls instead of the perfect "model" ones found in most tutorial books
Overrated-Relish Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I found this helpful. ;)
AcidApplePie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
i love this tutorial
Zentina Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. I'm so glad I came across this. I've been wanting to expand outside of my basic comfort zone and move into more diverse and real body types. And this is PERFECT. And the suggestions you have are also fantastic resources. Thank you so much !
sonnio Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have side view tuts or know of some good ones? (at school on shitty internet so I cant search for them ;A;)
Trollsdottir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Thank you for this tutorial - as an XXL girl and someone who wants to draw good stories. It is so helpful.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
I'm so happy to hear that, I hope it helps you. Thank you for the comment! :thanks:
cuddlesilver Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Artist
I love how Belle looks
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
ah thank you! :love:
MrGamerGirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful and ugghh those ladies are so pretty
rainvine Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015   Filmographer
Where's the line of action? 
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
There are none here since they're static poses meant for breaking down shapes? this tutorial doesn't cover poses or gesture unfortunately but i'd like to in the future!
ArianeVass Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! <3
alicehamato121 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped so much! Thank you^^
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:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
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:
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?
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
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.
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:
theghostboat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional
Really, really helpful. Thank you for making this, and for all of the links!
Art-chan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Now I know how I would look like if I was a comic character :P
LoveSeaForLife Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
how pretty!
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
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 :')
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
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:
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.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
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:
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
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
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! :)
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.
XiiSpendinAllHerTime Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial helped me A LOT! Thanks! :heart:
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
I'm happy it helped, you're very welcome! :love:
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