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

I encourage you to read all the artist comments before asking questions, thank you!
Due to the overwhelming number of comments I don't think I'll be able to reply every single one, but to those who find this tutorial useful in any way;
YOU ARE SO WELCOME! I hope it helps you! :excited:
I'll do my best to keep working on my own skills so I can hopefully do a better version 2 of this someday, covering things I didn't here; such as fat distribution on the face, neck, and more blatant fat rolls. Thank you for the input, critique, and feedback! :love:

And for future reference; 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 completely intent 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.
I'll do my best to answer any questions I can if they're not answered here. This is my first art tutorial ever... and I've been feeling infinitely shy about posting it!

I do not tolerate fat-shaming and I will kick your ass if you feel the need to be an ignorant-as-fuck douchecanoe about it. :iconholyhellplz:

Edit October 2013: Other than breaking down the shapes, I said characterization and back-story play a major role in how I decide to size my girls. I wanted to explain why I mention upbringings for these characters because I realized some people found my justifications for their current body weight offensive and unnecessary. I am so so sorry for that, as it was not my intention in the slightest; I am very aware that diets don't immediately equate to being fat. I am very aware that genetics can just result in this body-type, which is exactly what I was trying to cover (though I realize I could have addressed this fact far better than I did.)

But what I was trying to show is that there is no wrong way to be fat.

You can be born into a fat family, like Chryssa and Belle. You can be thin and grow up to gain weight like Monica, just as some kids start out fat and lose it with age. You can be athletic and still be fat, like Gwen. You can gain it because of a diet, too- Like Rilu. And all of those are okay. I know diet is a very controversial and sensitive topic which is why it's easy to hone in on that issue, and truth be told we DON'T really understand the way our body and diets work yet, because our society as a whole is very skewed in bias favor of losing weight. Anyone has every right to be upset by that immediate association of "bad health."

Again, I'm so sorry. I hope it makes more sense now. I don't usually justify any of my characters' traits in ANY regard (weight, identity, orientation) except in-story if it's a major part of their growth or plot relevant, but I thought it would be a good way for people to further connect to them. However, I'll keep this in mind for the future for sure. :worry:

Other great curvy references/tips that may have some better points I may have missed. Welcome to suggestions for this list!
Reference Tumblrs: x

For Women:
Thigh Gaps
Female Characters
Varying Your Body Types
Bodies by height and weight
`mooncalfe's great curvy/diverse gallery!

For Men:
"How to Draw Beef"


Thank you all for the favorites, comments, and watches! :love:
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XxcookievampxX Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
God bless you now I can draw my cute pudgy ocs!!
Nawee Featured By Owner 5 days ago
You and Tyshea's work is really inspirational. You really make me want to try to draw different body shape and nationality because you guys have such a nice variety of characters.

I'm glad you made this tutorial, using it to design my DnD character =D thanks for it!
Wolfeyes32 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this!! I've used it before, but today in my illustration class I was drawing a naga and had trouble finding reference photos of people with different body types so I used this as a guide and a friend of mine came up and thanked me because she'd never seen a naga that wasn't very skinny before.
otterwillow Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome:D (Big Grin) ,
I have a female character who is rather muscular but with a good covering of fat, and it was very hard to find a tutorial for this-and I could never find a good comfort zone for drawing her ether,  
and all these lady's are beautiful- all body types areLove ,

will you ever do one for male characters?- I can't find any good tutorials on DA for it - I have some plump male characters and finding decent martial for drawing them is hard=P (Razz) 
MapleStoryLoverGirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
maplestorylovergirl.deviantart… Here's what I did. I hope it looks okay. >^< I used this as a ref too.
Irmgard1535 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
this is awesome :)
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
vuduqueen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is the greatest! Thank you for taking the time to put this lovely tutorial up.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blushes:
HisoHisoKate Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
This is seriously helpful! I learned to draw women with the only references possible- skinny, and unrealistically ideal. I've struggled to draw curves for so long, so I'm really thankful for this! You rock! :love:
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