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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: Female Characters :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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maistromanuel Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for share this useful tutorial!, it's help me a lot
tie-dye-flag Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, they all look fabulous~
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
blackflower944 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student
thanks this is really helpful :)
ynne-black Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student General Artist

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 :)
AnimeCartoon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This can applies to boys? or no?
AnimeCartoon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! :meow:

Thanks :hug:

That's interesting, I'll write these tips in a note ;)

Much thanks for the help :giggle:
Awesomely-Happy-Hero Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hellooo! May I just say, this tutorial made drawing two of my favorite OCs fun and easy. Thanks! :) You should totally make more tutorials, you're really good at teaching!
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you! I'd really like to do more when I can get the free time, there's honestly a lot I want to talk about :blush: I'm happy it helped you!
ZombieWil Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this because I think everyone is so use to seeing skinny girl with big boobs yadda yadda in reality these girls are more what we see. I like all types of women even the healthy ones and they are making a comeback in a big way excuse the pun but I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. Love the tut!
Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome. Could really come in handy for me since I draw girls a lot and chubby girls are fun to draw.
InvaderTarren13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are absolutely wonderful! I'm usually only ever able to draw one type of body for girls or guys, and have been searching for references for a while. This is great since it gives you multiple variations for one kind of thing. Great job!! Very helpful
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so welcome! This tutorial now a few years old is a more limited than I'd like, so I highly recommend keeping a reference folder for body variation to go with this, and check out the links in the artist comments if you'd like more material!
But I'm so happy it could help you! :love:
LunaTheNinjaKitty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THANK YOU!!! I design cosplays and Lolita outfits all the time for me and friends but I have so much trouble drawing them on bigger people, including myself, so this is great. Now I can see if the design I make would look great on me or not thanks a bunch!+YEJUN - Love  (Emoticon) 
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so so welcome!! I'm so happy it could help you! :love: :iconbrohugplz:
DGirl-with-Red-Boots Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wowww really helpful... actually i had some trouble to drawing expressional gesture... and other gesture..
Redlight47 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
I do loves me some curls in a lady. This is very intuitive, friend.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ya, but mind you, it's not about what you or other people find attractive and acceptable, it's to properly and positively represent a horribly policed body type to promote acceptance and destroy the fatphobia in our society with education. yer preferences aren't necessary or exactly relevant here, is what I mean :yum:
Redlight47 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I was just making a joke... Sort of. But I get what your saying.
kjmthelore12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome! :heart:
This is a big help, thank you! 
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy it could help, you're so welcome! 
PhoenixDawnCreations Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is one of the better tutorials I've seen for drawing my own body shape, and I adore it. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this! I also really appreciate the additional links! :D
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so welcome! It's a bit dated now and I'd love to do a second installment when I can, but I'm so happy it could help you at all! I try to keep the links updated with new material as I find them, too just so you know! :love: :hug:
Hpsr175 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
This has been very helpful to me. Thanks
srmeisinger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Writer
Lovely! Thank you!!
Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reygan-kiwi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is my most favorite tutorial on the god damn Internet.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am honestly quite thrilled to hear that! :excited: Thank you!
coolchips02 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Thank you! This was so helpful!!😄😄
TheGirlofCrows Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol I clicked on this without looking on the artist and I was like "Why does this look like Ai-Bee's art?" Then i scrolled down more haha
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww oh my god that makes me really happy honestly omg! I'm flattered, thank you for recognizing my work hee! :giggle:
qraveyard Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
god bless you ;w; this is so helpful! ive been meaning to expand the body types i draw.
Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much, I hope it's helpful! and you are so absolutely welcome :love:
Silverhyren Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial this helped me a lot, thanks!
BlackKopGirl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I really needed this! 
Bramance Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Thank you so much this going to help a lot with the project i'm doing on body image, since I can for once do the tutorial someone gave :)
GrumpyHyena Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm so glad someone actually made a tutorial on how to do heavier-set girls instead of the normal model-bodied ones that you always see ;n;
MidnightMusik14 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
So... long long ago I said I would post images based on this tutorial... and I haven't.  But I still use this! A lot.  :D Just kind of wanted to tell you that.  :3
SOLIDShift Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
Radvengence Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
I can't remember if I said this on my old account but just wanted to thank you for this tutorial, it helped me with a character design I was having trouble with.
maweasel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your art, and thank you for sharing this.
NauticalMiles Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This is actually really helpful!
Thank you so much!
TyrantLyzardQueen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just perfect, thank you so much!
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheProtobabe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, good job tackling such a touchy subject. These girls all look beautiful ^^
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